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Take-Away: Share-Economy @ “Verbrauchermacht in der digitalen Welt” (German)

Panel

Das Panel: Share Economy – Mehrwert durch Teilen?

Am vergangenen Freitag hat die Grüne Bundestagsfraktion einen Workshop zur Share-Economy organisiert. Der WorkShop fand im Rahmen der Konferenz “Verbrauchermacht in der digitalen Welt” statt.

Hier die wichtigsten Erkenntnisse zusammengefasst:

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Audio: Ingress – Crossing the Digital Border

The virtual reality of Google Ingress

The virtual reality of Google Ingress

Where is the border between the digital and the “real” world?

It can be right in your hands!

I recently went out for a report in order to search that border. Instead, I found Mario, an experienced Level-8 Ingress player who showed me around in the game and in his digital and augmented reality while moving seamlessly between the digital and analog worlds.

Here’s the little audio story that came out of it (German).

Warum Blogger und Verlage nicht zu einander finden – ein Erklärungsversuch

Das Vorwurfskarussell, Kulturkriege und der digitale Graben

Das Vorwurfskarussell ist das treibende Prinzip unserer Gesellschaft:
Wenn irgendwo irgendetwas schief läuft, hauen sich alle Beteiligten danach so lange zusammenhangslos Vorwürfe um die Ohren, bis allen schwindelig ist und sie wieder aus dem Karussell hinaus torkeln und zwar genau da, wo sie eingestiegen sind. Nur dass ihnen jetzt auch noch schlecht ist.”

Marc Uwe Kling “Die Trocknertheorie” in Das Känguru-Manifest

Ein trauriges Beispiel dieser wenig hilfreichen Form der Kommunikation haben Rhein-Zeitungs-Chefredakteur Christian Lindner und Digitalstratege Thomas Knüwer gerade im Medium Magazin abgeliefert.

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(Net)-Working the Conference: The Name-Tag Experiment

I’m looking for a job! Did you know?

No, of course not, it’s not like I am wearing a sign around my neck that says so, do I? Well, actually… why not?

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More than words – wordles ;)

Cute! I just made this, being a little tired spending the night at the library… a little wordle of the 94 pages of my MA thesis I have written so far.
… not that you (or I) make the mistake to think I am nearly finished. I still need to write some cultural materialsim theory, lay down an online communication model and show how exactly online practices influenced mainstream media.
Peanuts 🙂

Newspaper Headlines for the Apocalypse

On days when research for your paper is dull and the sun is shining outside, you appreciate a little distraction.

Here is a great quote from an address on freedom in cyberspace by Allan Neuharth that made me laugh today 😉

Newspaper headlines for the apocalypse:
New York Times: WORLD ENDS, THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES HARDEST HIT.
Wall Street Journal, WORLD ENDS, DOW JONES INDUSTRIAL AVERAGE HITS ZERO.
Washington Post: WORLD ENDS — WHITE HOUSE IGNORED EARLY WARNINGS, UNNAMED SOURCES SAY.
USA Today, WE’RE DEAD, STATE BY STATE DEMISE (PAGE 8A), FINAL FINAL SPORTS SCORES (PAGE 8C).

Thank you, Allen Neuharth!

The (D)evolution of Windows…

books on a shelf

The (D)Evolution of Windows: Windows 95, Windows 98 for dummies, windows XP for seniors, PC crashes...

…from a consumers perspective.

I found this book shelf at my Mom’s place. She and her husband are not exactly tech savvy people obviously. But I was shocked at both the fact that they a) keep copies of a book about a 16 year old operating system b) that the progression ends with “PC crashes” (wow, windows, that is NOT good for you!) AND c) that they still rely on printed books on help for the system that keeps them online…

… I am feeling an increased sense of a digital divide…