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Pirate copiers are only human

YouTube and Co. – our weekly Telepolis video review

Minister Xerox von und zu Guttenberg is a must-see for us this week – also because of several tips readers sent us, for example this anti-piracy commercial, and this is the new PR-campaign of the minister, but this is the original Guttenberg keyboard. But even the turkish prasident is a pirate. By the way, this is also a reader tip: Ken Jebsen on the aftermath of the Egyptian revolution.

Pirate copiers are only human

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Media forgetting

Communication technologies and the memory of society

Modern society is a society of forgetting, at least according to Elena Esposito. According to the Luhmann scholar, the modern media are machines that for centuries have particularly increased the ability to erase data. A high point is now said to have been reached by the computer media, which, according to Esposito, do not record content, only decisions. From this follows – once again – the announcement of a media revolution of the Western world view, to which distinctions such as subject and object or this world and the other world are lost, which incidentally explains the booming market for esotericism.

That there is a connection between the communication media of a society and its ability to remember things was already suspected by Plato in the Phaidros-Dialogue. The invention of letters would instill oblivion – in the souls of learners – because, trusting in the memory capacity of writing, they could neglect their own memory capacity. The Italian sociologist Elena Esposito would probably agree with Plato, even if her new book Social Forgetting is concerned neither with people nor with their souls, but only with communicative structures, in which Esposito finds the memory of society. The modern communication media, she believes, are the "tools of forgetting" – and also the increasingly "increasingly sophisticated forms of information storage are also" "first of all a form of forgetting" represented.