Transmediale 2012: mass media, internet, and hackers
Does the democratic control of the state by the media still really work?
- Series: transmediale
As a free and open medium, the internet relies on self control – a thorn in the side of the ever-present mass media. But do the public media still fulfil their democratic mission of controlling the state anyway? Or is the future marked by hacking and manipulating?
According to surveys, the Piraten Partei establishes itself in Germany. Which role does Anonymous play in this process? Do hackers have any relevance? Do the ostracised enemies of the state become the warrantors of the future security? Is the Chaos Computer Club the better law enforcer because the state itself doesn’t figure out what’s going on any more?
Economy philosopher Georgios Papadopulos or anthropologist Gabriella Coleman know how parties like Anonymous use the omnipotent CNN as a source of distribution. And the new artistic director of the Transmediale, Kristoffer Gansing, can imagine that social media saves us from the dilemma because by using them, “everybody (is) becoming his own media.”
Text: Boris Alexander Knop