Audience fragmentation oder völkische Echokammern?

Montags-Mahnwachen von links? Pegida von rechts? Die Formen der Protestbündelung im vergangenen Jahr entzieht sich einer klaren Verortung. Ist das nur die irgendwann zu erwarten gewesene Konsequenz aus der sozialen und medialen Fragmentierung, des Endes des semantischen Gate-Keepings, auch und vor allem durch das Internet, die jetzt auch im „echten“ Leben als Demonstrations-Echokammer ihren Ausdruck […]

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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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This is winning.

Via netzpolitik.org, I find a commentary by Rop Conggris about the new fundamental right to “privacy and integrity of information processing systems” which was defined last Wednesday by the German Constitutional Court – Today, we’re all Germans.

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Der Flyer sagt eigentlich alles. Aus der Ankündigung – „Parallel zur Großdemonstration in Berlin initiiert der Chaos Computer Club Mainz einen Protestmarsch in der Hessischen Landeshauptstadt Wiesbaden. Gemeinsam wollen die Demonstranten zeigen, dass sie nicht mit der “Sicherheits”-Politik hierzulande einverstanden sind. Sie Protestieren gegen den Bundestrojaner ebenso wie gegen die Vollprotokollierung der gesamten innerdeutschen Kommunikation.“

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Pornopixel absurd.

Angesichts der Ubiquität von Nacktheit in westlichen Gesellschaften finde ich es überaus erstaunlich, welche Kontroversen Pornographie immer noch hervorrufen kann, und wie sehr man sie immer noch zur politischen und sonstigen Provokation heranziehen kann.

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Netzbasierte Integration.

Der Blogbote informiert über einen in der Welt erschienenen Artikel von Süleyman Artiisik, der sich mit der Internet-Nutzun junger Türken in Deutschland auseinandersetzt. Auch wenn im Artikel die Befürchtung einer von ethnisch ausgerichteten Subnetzen geprägten Parallelwelt als nicht gegeben angesehen wird – denn zumeist würde das Netz für „Liebe und Flirten“ genutzt – kann man […]

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Organisationskommitee zur rechtstaatlichen Abwicklung bürgerlicher Freiheiten im Namen ebendieser

Seit gestern läuft Endemols Version von Big Brother wieder im Fernsehen. Die gesamtstaatliche Variante ist auch schon in Planung. Das nächste Treffen des Organisationskommitees zur rechtstaatlichen Abwicklung bürgerlicher Freiheiten im Namen ebendieser findet am Freitag im Bundesrat statt – heise online – Biometrische Daten in Ausweisdokumenten wecken Begehrlichkeiten – Die Aufnahme biometrischer Merkmale in Pass […]

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Bush in Bild

For those of you, gentle readers, who do not engange in in-depth analysis of Germany’s tabloid newspapers, here’s a transcript of the US President George W. Bush’s interview with Kai Diekmann of BILD – here’s the edited German version published by BILD. They met in the Oval office and discussed, among other issues, the rug-choosing […]

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The Saudis, their Flag and the Brothel.

Another headline that should prove to be google effective. Too bad the manager of, according to Spiegel Online, Europe’s largest brothel, Cologne’s „Pascha“, did not have to deal with google bots when he decided to apply the world cup’s motto „welcome to friends“ rather literally and try to attract some football fans in need to […]

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Online Dating according to Der Spiegel

This week Der Spiegel’s cover story is about online dating and the business that it has become. Unfortunately, the authors of the thirteen pages long story seem as confused about the phenomenon as Bridget Jones at the edge of reason. Alas, their writing is far less charming, even despite the fact that, statistically, almost half […]

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See, I love living in a liberal country. And, personally, I believe that prostitution between consenting adults is a transaction increasing welfare, possibly considerably, so there’s no reason for state interference whatsoever.

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True, the relatively small size of the German blogosphere, just as the relatively large size of the French one, has always been an interesting phenomenon leading to all kinds of cultural hypotheses and repetitions of all too common stereotypes. But, believe it or not – Germany Blogs! At least that’s the hypothesis – and in […]

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Me? Germany? A little, maybe.

UPDATE (26/1/2007) As of March 2006 ichbindeutschland.de has been integrated into almost a diary. The archive is available as a category – just click on Du bist Deutschland in the tag cloud. Just to let you know, my gentle readers, I have blogged in German for the first time today. Following an intriguing conversation with […]

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It’s probably hard to see, but this cab is featuring an advertisement for a brothel – Germany’s biggest, if I heard correctly. Never seen that before.. and it’s located in Cologne, easily a two-hour drive away. That would be an obscene cab ride in so many ways… Clicking the image will take you to my […]

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I’m Embarrassed.

I have to apologize. I do. Really. There were times when I made fun of other countries where only 13% of people knew where to find a recently invaded country on a map. Right here on this blog. And there were times when I was startled that a good part of the usually WW2 obsessed […]

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Good News For Klinsmann…

Via Slashdot: „As reported over on Sportsdot, the 2005 RoboCup US Open wrapped up today in Atlanta, Georgia. The American entry from the University of Texas fell 2-0 in robot soccer to the powerhouse German squad, the MicroSoft HellHounds. After the match, the German robot dogs were programmed to flex their metal biceps. With the […]

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True.

A friend of today accidentally explained some of Germany’s ills: We’re still the country of thinkers and writers… Other people have a little angel and a little devil fighting over their conscience. I have two intellectuals… In other news – congratulations to Jürgen Klopp and his boys. Mainz05 managed to stay in the Bundesliga after […]

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I’ve just come back from watching „Kebab Connection“, a new semi-independent movie following on the heels of last year’s surprise comedy success „S�perseks“ and, – less obvious – Fatih Akin’s smash hit „Gegen die Wand“ (Head On). The Kebab Connection is set in the Akin urban immigrant universe, is partly payed by Akin-Alumni like Sibel […]

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Usually, when important things are changed, a system needs some time to adjust. The (west) German economy will benefit from the famed Hartz IV reforms, but alas, it will take a little. So, in the meantime, why not have a Hartz IV beer, for only two Euros a pint? Let’s just hope that the deflationary […]

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