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

Riots in Bahrain

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.

Is kim jong-un putting on a rough show by blowing up the nuclear test facility??

Is kim jong-un putting on a rough show by blowing up nuclear test facility?

Research suggests that the nuclear weapons test facility at Punggye-ri was rendered useless by the last nuclear test, so North Korea has since been able to rely on an approach

On 12. June the meeting between Kim Jong-un and US President Trump is to take place. Trump expects to achieve his biggest political success yet by reaching an agreement with North Korea on the elimination of nuclear weapons. He sees this as a success of his policy, in addition to tightening sanctions and prere on China to "little rocket man" with "fire and fury" have threatened. What are the motives of Kim Jong-un or. the North Korean regime had to approach Sud Korea first and then offer negotiations to the U.S., having previously relied on demonstrations of strength through weapons testing, is speculation. One must ame that, given the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement, there has been increased caution in the North Korean regime to engage in an agreement that has at its core the controlled dismantlement of nuclear weapons and nuclear weapons development.

The nuclear armament served North Korea not only as a deterrent against a possible attack, but also as a basis for negotiations from a position of strength. The fact that the offers were kept despite the development of the agreement with the does not necessarily testify to their seriousness. Like Trump, Kim Jong-un needs success and a stage to portray himself as a crude leader who is successful in his strategy.

“The industrialized countries do not think about the consequences of their actions”

Bolivia to host alternative follow-up conference to failed UN climate summit in April. Telepolis spoke about this with politician Julia Ramos

After the failed UN climate summit in Copenhagen, a follow-up meeting is to take place in South America. The Bolivian government expects around 10.000 participants to the alternative climate summit in April. According to the call that has now been made public, the "World Conference of the People on Climate Change and the Rights of the Madre Tierra" from 19. until 22. April in the Bolivian city of Cochabamba. In marked contrast to their Danish hosts, Bolivia’s summit organizers seek contact with social movements.

Evo Morales, the President of the South American country, was one of the most vehement critics of the climate policy of the industrialized countries in Copenhagen (systemic instead of climate change). "After listening to some contributions of presidents from all over the world, I am surprised. They only dealt with the effects and not the causes of climate change. I am very sorry to say that, apparently out of cowardice, we did not want to discuss the causes of environmental degradation on planet Earth", said the indigenous leader in view of the debates. Towards the end of the UN conference, Morales already announced the hosting of an alternative meeting.

Refugees: gap between private opinions and published ones

Refugees: gap between private opinions and published opinion

Foto: Bor Benedek/CC BY 2.0

Allensbach survey: 69 percent say their personal conversations reveal rejection of accepting more refugees

It is no surprise that the attitude towards the acceptance of refugees in Germany is changing. After all, asylum seekers are coming into the country in numbers never before experienced in this way – comparisons with migrations after the Second World War or after reunification are only of limited use; the mastery of the German language by the former asylum seekers alone is not enough "Resettlers" represents a significant difference.

Military company seeks drone pilots

Military company is looking for drone pilots

Schiebel Camcopter S-100 at the ILA 2006. Picture: Stahlkocher. License: CC-BY-SA-3.0

A German company recently sought drone pilots: training would take place in the U.S. and Ukraine, with deployment in Iraq and other crisis regions

"We are urgently looking for at least 3/5 helicopter pilots and 4/6 aircraft mechanics, preferably with military experience, starting immediately and as soon as possible", heaped a few weeks ago on the Facebook page of a German military service provider. Applicants were retrained to fly a helicopter drone: According to the job advertisement, pilots of the reconnaissance drone, which delivers razor-sharp images, are to spend two months at "Boeing" to be trained in the USA and then to fly a "Practical training month in Ukraine" go through. A German military service provider with drones in the crisis country Ukraine?

The imf-sponsored economic disaster in brazil

The Speculators’ Attack: From East Asia and Rubland to Latin America

As Wall Street speculators expand their deadly forays, the global financial crisis has reached a new high point. Under the attack of the speculators, the stock exchange in Sao Paulo broke on Black Wednesday, the 13. January 1998, together. The vaults of the Brazilian Central Bank were blown up; the "dragging along" Tie of the Real to the Dollar was broken. Gustavo Franco, director of the Central Bank, was replaced by Professor Francisco Lopes, who, together with Finance Minister Pedro Malan, immediately left for Washington to meet with the IMF and the U.S. Treasury Department in a meeting on the financial crisis "Consultations" on the highest level.

Public opinion had been cleverly misled; the Asian flu was supposedly spreading "Asian Flu" from… The world media had almost incidentally made Itamar Franco, governor of the state of Minas Gerais (and a former president of Brazil) the "Jack of all trades" and blamed it for iing a suspension of payments to settle debts owed to the Brazilian federal government.1 The threat of the imminent cessation of payments by states had reportedly caused Brazil’s "economic credibility" influenced.

A picture betrays your opinion

The brain’s neurological response to a single image reliably reveals whether a person holds liberal or conservative views

What political opinion a person holds is usually a reflection of his character. Biologically, there is basically only one question: How does the person react to an influence of auben, which can be interpreted as a threat?? It has always been exciting for researchers to observe how deeply this character trait is anchored in the brain and how constant it remains throughout a person’s lifetime. This constancy is so strong that there must be a biological basis for it.

In search of this, U.S. researchers have now taken a closer look at test subjects under the magnetic resonance tomograph. They describe their findings in the scientific journal Current Biology. The researchers wanted to determine the extent to which the brains of conservative and (in the U.S. meaning of the term) liberal minds differed. To do this, they first had to sort the test subjects into a group.

Herbeihalluzinierte creative leeway

The coming federal election and the blogger scene

If Peter Praschl is right in his assertion that not so long ago there was a lot of discussion in the blogger scene (cf. Everyone is editor-in-chief) gave a quasi-consensus on politics ("radically democratic", "civil rights"), one could wonder how this scene will behave in the upcoming federal election. A foray.

On the surface, the aforementioned basic consensus is still intact. For on a surprisingly large number of pages the election campaign, especially that of the major parties, is covered with bitter mockery, but also the Greens and the FDP get their fat off. Admittedly, this often involves no more than watching the political professionals at work, and they offer enough embarrassment. Misguided party advertising, the lamentable chancellor’s duel, and other cane crepusers are spit out by bloggers with professional accuracy. Even election projections, which would make any polling institute green with envy in their precision, can be found weeks before the election, along with the programmatic positions of the parties on the Internet for netizens interesting information that they so elsewhere (but at Telepolis, Cf. Contradictory traditions) hardly find.

The computer – medium or computer?

The book "Docuverse" by Frankfurt media scholar Hartmut Winkler brings a breath of fresh air to media theory in general and German in particular. Net critic Geert Lovink has had an extensive conversation with Winkler via email. Preliminary versions of the following text circulating in insider circles have led to fierce counter-reactions. What’s the big deal about Winkler’s "Docuverse"?

For discussion see also the commentary by Rudolf Maresch Blind Flight of the Mind Further contributions by Hartmut Winkler in Telepolis: Search Engines and From Pull to Push?

Frankfurt theorist Hartmut Winkler has presented a comprehensive critique of the new German media theory.

‘Docuverse’ is the title of his Habitationsschrift, and the 420-page manuscript is subtitled ‘Zur Medientheorie der Computer’.