It’s not about politics

It was the strangest president ever. A president who didn’t talk politics. Who instead flaunted himself, bragging about what he had and what he was capable of. Like a child playing king, constantly explaining to the audience what a king is and what a king is allowed to do. A spiteful child who calls those who don’t want to play with him the others and has only bad words for them. A child who calls out the others with a screaming voice, for what he constantly does himself.

It was a president who exaggerated even the most banal issues until there seemed to be only two options left. Like pretending that a race of many runners is just a fight between two. And as if the audience then had to decide which of the two they had to team up with.

How did this devil manage to bewitch so many people in such a way? That they elected a television character as president, who then made being president a television spectacle? A president who only pretended to be president and measured his success in television ratings?

The people made a prey out of themselves when they began to distrust politicians on principle. The people did not want a politician and chose a clown instead. The clown sat in the cockpit with a pilot’s cap, had no idea about flying and didn’t even show a spark of interest in wanting to learn. It was a president who could not distinguish the spectacle from reality, for whom reality and fiction were one and the same.

The president severely damaged the boundaries between reality and fiction. Like two liquids flowing into each other, it soon became impossible to tell what is true and what is false. It was as if fresh and waste water flowed into each other and made society ill.

It is necessary to investigate exactly how this accident could have happened, so that it cannot happen again in the future. It was always a foolish idea to hand the scepter to the fool. In this day and age, with the weapons of destruction at the disposal of the powerful, it can be deadly – for all of humanity. It looks like we got away with it again. We’ve been damn lucky.

Es geht nicht um Politik

Es war der seltsamste Präsident aller Zeiten. Ein Präsident, der nicht über Politik sprach. Der sich statt dessen aufblies und angab, mit dem, was er alles hatte und wozu er fähig sei. Wie ein Kind, das König spielt und dem Publikum ständig erklärt, was ein König ist und was ein König darf. Ein gehässiges Kind, das die, die nicht mit ihm spielen wollen, die anderen nennt und nur böse Worte für sie übrig hat. Ein Kind, das den anderen mit kreischenden Stimme vorhält, was es selbst ständig macht.

Es war ein Präsident, der selbst banalste Themen so lange überzeichnete, bis es nur noch zwei Möglichkeiten zu geben schien. Wie wenn man so täte, als sei ein Wettrennen vieler Läufern nur ein Kampf zwischen zweien. Und wie als ob sich das Publikum dann entscheiden müsse, zu wem von den beiden es hielte.

Wie hat es dieser Teufel geschafft, so viele Leute so derart zu verhexen? Dass sie eine Fernsehfigur zum Präsidenten wählten, der dann Präsident sein zu einem Fernsehspektakel machte? Ein Präsident der President sein nur spielte und seinen Erfolg in Fernsehquoten maß?

Das Volk hat sich selbst zur Beute gemacht, als es anfingen Politikern grundsätzlich zu misstrauten. Die Leute wollten kein Politiker und haben statt dessen einen Clown gewählt. Der saß dann mit Pilotenmütze im Cockpit, hatte vom Fliegen keine Ahnung und zeigte nicht einmal einen Funken von Interesse, es lernen zu wollen. Es war ein Präsident, der das Schauspiel nicht von der Wirklichkeit unterscheiden konnte, für den Wirklichkeit und Fiktion ein und das selbe war.

Der Präsident hat die Grenzen zwischen Wirklichkeit und Fiktion schwer beschädigt. Wie zwei Flüssigkeiten, die ineinander flossen, war bald nicht mehr erkennbar, was wahr ist und was falsch. So als ob Frisch- und Brauchwasser ineinander floss und die Gesellschaft erkranken ließ.

Es muss genau untersucht werden, wie es zu diesem Unglück kommen konnte, damit es in der Zukunft nicht wieder passieren kann. Es war immer schon einer törichte Idee, dem Narren das Zepter zu reichen. In der heutiger Zeit mit den, den Mächtigen zu Verfügung stehenden Vernichtungswaffen, kann es tödlich sein – für die gesamte Menschheit. Es sieht so aus, als seien wir noch einmal davon gekommen. Wir haben verdammt viel Glück gehabt.

Wie das Digitale die Welt verändert

What are digital Cultures? The DCRL-interview-series “Questions”
The term “digital cultures” is all-encompassing and at the same time vague. The purpose of the interview-series QUESTIONS of the DCRL (Digital Cultures Research Lab) is to start specifying the broadness of the term by asking researchers as well as practitioners in various fields to further define the notion and its implications. In a five-minute time slot, the interviewees answer four standard questions:

What are digital cultures?
What are the potentials of digital cultures?
What are the dangers of digital cultures?
What lies beyond digital cultures?

Team DCRL: Martina Leeker with: Dominik Baumgarten, Irina Kaldrack, Jonas Keller, Sophie Köster, Tobias Schulze, Daniel Sonntag
Video DCRL: Jonas Keller, Daniel Sonntag
Date of interview: 21-August-2018

LATK#4 – Miss Understanding (VIDEO)

Why one group of people does not get what an other group of people says

LIFE ACCORDING TO KORSAKOW #4
Miss Understanding

This episode is in English.

We live in a divided time. There seem to be two groups of people that have very different perception of reality. Most likely you are yourself member of one of these groups. Most likely you never consciously decided to be in one or the other group, it just happened. And most of your friends happen to be in the same group.

Your family: not so much. Like most people, you have family members, that are in the other group, you know, whom I am talking about: it is that uncle/sister/nephew that you avoid talking about politics/religion/life, because he/she never gets it. And you never get, what he/she says.

This podcast explains why.

And as a bonus it will let you see how humankind will develop.

Enjoy!

Music by Jim Avignon / Neoangin and Ilja Pollach, Cologne.

 

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LATK#4 – Miss Understanding (ENG)

Why one group of people does not get what an other group of people says

LIFE ACCORDING TO KORSAKOW #4
Miss Understanding

This episode is in English.

We live in a divided time. There seem to be two groups of people that have very different perception of reality. Most likely you are yourself member of one of these groups. Most likely you never consciously decided to be in one or the other group, it just happened. And most of your friends happen to be in the same group.

Your family: not so much. Like most people, you have family members, that are in the other group, you know, whom I am talking about: it is that uncle/sister/nephew that you avoid talking about politics/religion/life, because he/she never gets it. And you never get, what he/she says.

This podcast explains why.

And as a bonus it will let you see how humankind will develop.

Enjoy!

There is also a video of this podcast available. It includes the slides from the original talk.

Music by Jim Avignon / Neoangin and Ilja Pollach, Cologne.

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