Angst vor Google.

Matthias Döpfners (Vorstandsvorsitzender von Axel Springer SE) Google-Kritik in der FAZ ist wirklich lesenswert, auch wenn Google als Datenkrake angesichts der im letzten Jahr bekannt gewordenen Dimension staatlicher Überwachung möglicherweise nicht mehr so bedrohlich wirkt wie vorher. Der Artikel ist denn auch am stärksten an den Stellen, an denen er das gesellschaftliche Bedrohungspotential von Datensammlungen betont. Am […]

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Stefan Niggemeier hat in der Frankfurter Allgemeinen Sonntagszeitung einen guten Artikel über die merkwürdige aktuelle Debatte über Tolernz oder Akzeptanz von Homosexualität geschrieben, die sich an der letztwöchigen Maischberger Talkshow zum Thema “Homosexualität auf dem Lehrplan: Droht die ‘moralische Umerziehung’?” bzw. der Petition zum Thema in Baden-Würrtemberg entzündete, aber er schneidet das zentrale Wahrnehmungsproblem, das […]

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Manifestieren.

Im vergangenen April, auf der Republica 2009, habe ich Stefan Niggemeier nach der gnadenlos langweiligen Blogger vs. Journalismus-Diskussion zwischen zwei Radiointerviews zum Thema noch gefragt, ob es ihn nicht langweile, seit Jahren mit den gleichen Leuten immer die gleichen Dinge zu diskutieren. Er meinte schlicht – “ja”. Aber er begreift diese Diskussionen wohl auch als […]

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Marcel Reich-Ranicki is pretty cool, indeed.

There was a time, when one of Germany’s most interesting tv shows was one about books. The show was called “The Literary Quartet” (“Das literarische Quartett”) and its impressario was Marcel Reich-Ranicki, allegedly the most important contemporary critic of German literature (wikipedia entry in English).

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What’s in a title.

Clearly demonstrating a profound lack of understanding of social media as well as the urgency of a useful legal framework for “citizen journalists”, [t]he French Constitutional Council has approved a law that criminalizes the filming or broadcasting of acts of violence by people other than professional journalists. The law could lead to the imprisonment of […]

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The Life of Others II

I’m not too sure what I’m thinking about “Daily Variety” reports from Hollywood indicating the possibility of a Hollywood remake of Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s “The Life of Others” - “Das Leben der anderen”. After all the original just won the Oskar for “best non-English language film.” Of course, those allegedly interested in midwifing the […]

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In dubio pro reo?

Gerade lief in der ZDF Nachrichtensendung “heute” ein Bericht über die Pressekonferenz, auf der Jan Ullrich heute seinen Rücktritt vom Profisport bekannt gab. Die Kommentatorin beklagte dabei, daß Jan Ullrich “wie fast alle Verdächtigen kein Schuldbewußtsein gezeigt habe.” Wenigstens ist die kommentierende Redakteurin, wenn auch vermutlich unabsichtlich, ehrlich. Die wenigsten werden so offen vorverurteilen. Aber […]

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Patterns.

The Economist thinks there may be a pattern… “HISTORY can be kinder to presidents than journalists and voters are. Like Truman, Johnson and Nixon before him, George Bush has seen his approval ratings wither under the burden of an unpopular war. But all three of those presidents look better now than they did when they […]

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Something’s going on in America…

and I think we can call it “slow Europeanization”. Think about it for a moment, Rumsfeld fired, Cheney on the verge of being impeached by GQ magazine, President Bush can’t make up his mind about dropping some bombs on Iran, and now this: Reuters reports that the FCC (the organization regulating American tv) is considering […]

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GQ? Why GQ?

Just found this via the truly amazing DIGG Labs flash visualisations of the Diggosphere. The Raw Story reports that – “In the March issue of GQ, Wil S. Hylton argues that Vice President Richard Cheney should be impeached for committing “high crimes and misdemeanors.” Now I suppse there was a small chance for this to […]

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Besser spät als nie.

Kaum dreieinhalb Jahre nachdem ich meiner Schwester, die damals am Journalistischen Seminar der Uni Mainz einen Masterstudiengang absolvierte, den Vorschlag machte, doch zumindest im Rahmen ihres “online-publishing”-Seminars zu bloggen (oder den Vorschlag zumindest weiterzureichen), und fast zwei Jahre nach Lyssas Blog-Vorlesung am Gutenbergplatz hat nun auch das Journalistische Seminar der Uni Mainz ein Blog… Naja, […]

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Nieman Report Winter 2006: “Goodbye Gutenberg”

The Nieman Center for Journalism at Harvard University recently published the Nieman report Winter 2006 edition . and it’s called Goodbye Gutenberg. This is a must read, of course, not least because their treatment on blogging and journalism in the fall of 2003 was the first serious take on the issue and that, hailing from […]

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Try to say it fast: Iranian Uranium…

Update (27/01/2007) Of course, Jon Stewart did not let this go through without commenting. Check the videos on thedailyshow.com. Supposedly, CNN stands for cable NEWS network. That of course is not just a slight euphemism in the case of the video linked to below, which Edward Hugh just sent to the afoe mailing list: Wolf […]

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Deutsche Journalisten und das Internet…

Bei Fabian Mohr (Notebook | Online Journalismus) findet sich eine überaus interessante Diskussion über das Verhältnis von – sich selbst offenbar als angehende Elitejournalisten wahrnehmenden – Studenten der Deutschen Journalistenschule zu Onlinemedien im allgemeinen und zu Blogs im speziellen.

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Yesterday’s news today…

Sure, search engines are a great tool to prestructure the ever increasing amount of information available out there. But if you ever wondered if there will always be humans involved in selecting and presenting news, here’s a preliminary answer – yesterday’s news became news again: The SEO Blog: Google News Credibility Foiled By 15-Year Old […]

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Alright, it was a strange thing to do on a Sunday – get up at seven in the morning only to make a fool of oneself in a strangely popular “family oriented” tv programme – the “ZDF Fernsehgarten” (literally “tv garden”). The Fernsehgarten is a show that has been running for 19 years, essentially without […]

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Technology?

The world is full of strange people. Sometimes even stranger ones. And then some who have no moral standards at all, like, say, Mr Dutroux, currently on trial in Belgium for the kidnapping, raping, and killing of several young girls. Sad as this is, I think it is important to realize that the word in-human […]

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Blogs are really different.

To those who haven’t yet had the opportunity to read about Loic LeMeur’s efforts in bringing together the loose ends of the Germanic blogosphere, I say – do so. When I went to meet him and some other bloggers I had never seen or even heard of before, I was not too sure what to […]

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Happy Birthday. And Godspeed.

What did Baz Luhrman sing back in 1999? “… in twenty years from now, you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.” Well, actually, today’s birthday kid, the Apple MacIntosh has been holding up […]

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Civilisation? What’s going on at the Economist…?

I can’t read Economist premium content online these days, so I have to rely on Brad Delong’s quote from this week’s Lexington (US politics) column – “Bush-hatred is now something that civilised people wear as a badge of honour…” Who would have thought that the day would come where a common adversary would make the […]

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William Safire, once again.

I should really stop reading William Safire’s columns, I suppose. Yesterday, the Ny Times provided the world with another marvel. He’s writing about “The Age Of Liberty”, the new Bush foreign policy theme song, after ensuring the reader that he has indeed read, and re-read “the serious speech in its entirety.” That’s good news, I […]

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The Economist surrenders.

Now look at that – The Economist is getting warier of supporting President Bush and Tony Blair. Given that the magazine was among the very few European outlets which decidedly supported the war on Iraq because of the dangers posed by the assumed proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, a cover like this week’s must […]

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