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Events 09 | 2007

Thu–Fri, September 13–14, 07
Ich, Wir und die Anderen
Conference as part of the Year of Science 2007–Year of the Humanities by HfG | Staatliche Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe, ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe and the city of Karlsruhe, admission free

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Whether in research, media publicity, or in the private sphere—one comes across blogs, podcasts, and videocasts everywhere, or at least Web2.0, the keyword associated with these phenomena. Initially it is the individual who is at the center of this development, using the cited communication forums as a means of personal expression in virtual public space. Whether in blogs and podcasts or on community portals such as MySpace, Twitter, or YouTube, the vehement presence of subjective mediation of information and media’s self presentation have increasingly drawn the attention of classical journalism and have also ultimately influenced the communication practice of online journalism. Additionally, businesses are picking up on this process of user-generated content and are penetrating into hitherto undeveloped business fields. Consequently, they prepare products for these apparently homogenous, young, communication-willing and technically refined target groups, place themselves in virtual surroundings, such as SecondLife, buy portals with lots of users and try to communicate with customers at a new level. Users are consumers, producers, and distributors all at the same time. The conference’s title:  ICH, WIR & DIE ANDEREN stands for the organizers’ differentiation of dimensions available to observers: what does the social web or Web 2.0 mean for individuals, that is, the single user (ICH/I)? What can it do for me, and how does it affect me and an establishing network (WIR/WE)? And finally, what does this phenomenon mean for journalism or for companies (DIE ANDEREN/THE OTHERS), what can it do for them, and how does it affect them? A scientist, a skilled user, and also a journalist active on the Internet will discuss each of these dimensions. On the first evening of the conference, before the specific theme-related forums, in keeping with the Year of the Humanities, positions will be taken with regard to the democratic and economic potential of these media developments. Representatives from politics, philosophy, and net science will discuss the hopes of media utopists and the fears of net critics.

Conference program

Thu 13 September 07
HfG, 6:00 pm

Taking a position on new media: between democratic and economic potentials

Prof. Dr. Peter Sloterdijk, Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe (HfG)

Dr. Geert Lovink Institute of Network Cultures,  Amsterdam Polytechnic (HvA)

Dr. Mercedes Bunz,  www.tagesspiegel.de

Andy Müller-Maguhn, www.datenreisen.de


Fri 14 September 07
ZKM_Media Theater, 10:00 am


Moderation: Don Dahlmann, www.don.antville.org


Keynote: Peter Glaser, author and journalist

Forum ICH, 11:00 am - 12:00 noon

Vanessa Diemand, ZKM | Institut für Medien, Bildung und Wirtschaft

Rainer Meyer alias Don Alphonso, www.rebellmarkt.blogger.de

Peter Praschl, http://arrog.antville.org


Forum WIR, 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Dr. Volker Grassmuck, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik, Berlin

Robert Basic, www.basicthinking.de/blog

Dr. Michael Maier, www.readers-edition.de


Forum DIE ANDEREN I Virtual Economies, 3:30 - 5:00 pm

Uwe Hochmuth, Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe (HfG)

Mathias Winks alias MC Winkel, www.whudat.de

Peter Turi, www.turi2.de


Forum DIE ANDEREN II Journalism in transition , 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Prof. Dr. Christoph Neuberger, Westfälische-Wilhelms-Universität Münster

Jochen Wegner, www.focus.de

Christoph Schultheis, www.bildblog.de


7:00 pm
Closing: Prof. Peter Weibel, ZKM | Center for Art and Media


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