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    Social Media: Alltag, Daten und Gesellschaft
    In Maria Schwartz, Meike Neuhaus & Samuel Ulbricht (eds.), Digitale Lebenswelt: Philosophische Perspektiven, J.b. Metzler. pp. 109-125. 2024.
    By way of an introduction, this chapter analyzes social networking sites on three levels: the micro level of individuals, the meso level of corporations and the macro level of social processes and effects. At the first level, it is above all the 'affordances' of social media, i.e. their functions shaping and emphasizing their uses, that is problematic and can invoke a loss of autonomy. At the meso level, corporate business models give rise to problems of data protection and surveillance. Using s…Read more
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    This chapter analyzes a pivotal music production – British band Radiohead's seminal album "OK Computer" (1997) – as a document of its time and contemporaneity, focusing on its modes of reflection of attitude and practice from a philosophical perspective. After scrutinizing the details of the album's production values, music, lyrics, and artwork, the article distils the 'habitus' of the work and compares it with related musical documents. These findings of reconstructive social research are subse…Read more
  • Das Recht der Daten im Kontext der Digitalen Ethik (edited book)
    with Stefan Brink, Petra Grimm, Clarissa Henning, and Tobias O. Keber
    Nomos. 2024.
    In the context of digitalization and artificial intelligence (AI), data protection and digital ethics are trending topics. However, they are rarely considered in conjunction even though they are inextricably linked. This volume sets out to close this gap. Informational self-determination is an expression of a European understanding of values, particularly with regard to smart technologies and AI applications. In addition to socially relevant dimensions of data protection and digital ethics, the …Read more
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    Paradoxien des digitalen Wandels: Positionen zu einer kritischen Digitalen Ethik
    with Christoph Böhm
    In Sybille Krämer & Jörg Noller (eds.), Was ist digitale Philosophie? Phänomene, Formen und Methoden, Brill | Mentis. pp. 83-118. 2024.
    The authors review existing concepts of digital ethics and lay the groundwork for deeper, and more critical, approaches. 1) What is digital ethics - and what does it mean? 2) Digital ethics and critique 3) Digital economy and technological design 4) Digitality embedded in the everyday 5) Digitality, culture and society 6) Paradoxes of digital transformation: Towards a (new) digital ethics
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    In his article "Political Landscape (with Castle Ruins): A Pictorial Document of Identity Discourses in East Belgium", Oliver Zöllner uses Ralf Bohnsack's (2013) "documentary method" to analyze a PR picture taken from a brochure of a regional authority as a pictorial document that encapsulates underlying discourses of identity, or rather identities in the plural, within the German-speaking Community of eastern Belgium, one of the three linguistic Communities of the federally organized kingdom. T…Read more
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    Digitality requires new ethical approaches in the context of an all-encompassing mediatization. At the same time, the advance of artificial intelligence (AI) brings forth additional new challenges, as do questions about the ecological responsibility of digital technologies. This edited volume presents a broad range of topics and case studies linked to the sub-discipline of digital ethics. What all contributions in this book have in common, regardless of the their academic or philosophical perspe…Read more
  • This article ("Looting or Sharing?") is located at the intersection of societal and ecological discourses, and analyzes local actions from the perspective of digital ethics. The case study is centered around a public bookcase (or free library) in a neighborhood in the Ruhr area, a post-industrial and partly impoverished metropolitan district in Germany. The rather banal local actions - people take books from the public bookcase as is the proclaimed objective of having such an institution in the …Read more
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    Anatolian Pop Music: 'Rurban' Images of a Period
    with Cornelia Lund, Holger Lund, and Berrin Yanιkkaya
    In Ralf von Appen & Peter Klose (eds.), 'All the Things You Are': Die materielle Kultur populärer Musik, Transcript-verlag. pp. 111-138. 2023.
    This article seeks to analyse the images that accompany the hybrid musical genre of the 1960s and 1970s called Anatolian Pop in Turkey. Anatolian pop music developed in a globalising-localising context, a ‘liminal’ place and space of both domestic and international cross-cultural communication. It is equally located at the intersection of rural and urban environments and thinking, a space the autors call 'rurban'. The rurban character of Anatolian Pop is for one part present within the music, bu…Read more
  • Can the military engage in symmetric dialogues with their publics as part of their public relations activities? Is it conceivable that a branch of the armed forces no longer relies on traditional modes of communication modeled on the one-sided, top-down command structure aimed at persuasion so typical of the military? This book analyzes the communication concept of a special agency of the German armed forces, the Bundeswehr Academy for Information and Communication, founded in 1990 (right after …Read more
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    This research article introduces the concept of public diplomacy within the framework of international relations and transnational communication. It looks at how Germany, by way of her international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, addresses Arabic-speaking target groups in post-9/11 public diplomacy, and how "dialogic" such mediatized endeavors can be. For this end, the article presents a critical analysis of the requirements of dialogue drawing on Habermas’s (1984) Theory of Communicative Action. W…Read more
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    In this essay written for a general audience, the idea and concept of the metaverse is introduced and analyzed with particular emphasis on future forms of human interaction and sociality. The current state of exploitative data capitalism is criticized and used as a reference for questioning the dehumanizing view of people as mere data points in a possible "Metaverse" as envisaged by the likes of Meta, Inc., and other companies. The essay concludes by asking what could be a good life in virtual e…Read more
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    Digitalisierung und Alltagswelt
    Praefaktisch.De: Ein Philosophieblog. 2023.
    This blogpost article is an overview of what links digitalization with the everyday, and what challenges new digital technologies such as artificial intelligence entail for leading a good life.
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    This foreword gives an overview of ethical perspectives on the question of economization and commodification. Major theories are reviewed and linked to the overarching (and seemingly inevitable) idea and leitmotif of the "market" as the driving force of societal action and organization.
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    Claudia Paganini: Werte für die Medien(ethik) (review)
    Medien Und Kommunikationswissenschaft 69 (2): 326-327. 2021.
    A review of Claudia Paganini's monograph, "Werte für die Medien(ethik)" ["Values for media (ethics)"], published in 2020.
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    This article analyzes a photographic PR handout that was widely circulated in media the world all over in 2013, depicting the future heir to the British throne, Prince William, and his wife, Catherine, presenting their new-born baby to the world. This photograph is scrutinized in great detail employing Bohnsack's documentary method, a strain of reconstructive social research, alongside analytical methods that have their origin in art history. In particular, the article analyzes the iconicity of …Read more
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    This article, an introduction to the edited volume "Mensch - Maschine" ("Man - Machine"), looks at the relationship between humans and machines from a pop cultural angle. Taking its cue from, and analyzing, Kraftwerk's seminal electropop album "Man - Machine" (1978) from the perspective of the sociology of knowledge, the article identifies key topical areas that are inherent in Kraftwerk's work (and not just in the lyrics). These provide critical questions that are relevant for inquiries into th…Read more
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    Wenn Spotify den Ton angibt: Audiostreaming-Dienste und die Frage nach der persönlichen Autonomie
    with Lara Bendel, Florian Funk, Franziska Hug, Lanrianna Peters, and Franziska Roth
    Hochschule der Medien. 2022.
    This monographic study examines general listening patterns with regard to the music/audio streaming service Spotify and in particular the perceived personal autonomy of the platform's users when making listening decisions on the platform. Drawing on theories from media and communication studies, psychology, philosophy and ethics, and employing in-depth interviews as its data-collection method, the study formulates three guiding questions. These relate to the importance of Spotify in the lives of…Read more
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    This e-book brings together three empirical case studies. From the perspective of digital ethics they analyze and reflect on how people deal with the challenges of (1) self-tracking, (2) mental health, and (3) online dating. There are numerous apps available for each of these fields, and these programs promise their users solutions that may turn into 'solutionism'. But are apps the solution to living a successful life?
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    Die Vinyl­schall­platte als Zeichen- und Handlungs­träger gesell­schaft­licher Transfor­mationen in der Digitali­sierung
    with Holger Lund and Burkard Michel
    In Christian Schwarzenegger, Erik Koenen, Christian Pentzold, Thomas Birkner & Christian Katzenbach (eds.), Digitale Kommuni­kation und Kommuni­kations­geschichte. Perspektiven, Potentiale, Problemfelder, Böhland & Schremmer. pp. 343-373. 2022.
    In the context of digitalization, the analogue vinyl record has gained new popularity in a robust niche market since around the mid-2000s. This book chapter analyzes this commodity object from a critical capitalist perspective and classifies it into four commodity forms of the post-industrial economy. Based on this, the logic of particularity inherent in the vinyl record and related practices of singularization are demonstrated. With a view to changes in technical playback equipment and related …Read more
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    Reconstructing Future Visions from the Past: Pop Music Imagining Digitization and Cybernation
    Transformational Pop. Transitions, Breaks, and Crises in Popular Music (Studies) (= ~Vibes – the Iaspm D-a-Ch Series, Vol. 2). 2022.
    This article analyzes how pop music has dealt with visions and impacts of digiti­zation and cybernation, looking at selected key works from the late 1960s throughout the 1990s. Taking its perspective from the sociology of knowledge, it identifies pop music’s trajectory of imaginations in the context of techno­logical change processes. The article concludes that the artistic treatment of these processes remains largely vague and ambiguous, its habitus for the most part dystopian. In fact, rarely …Read more
  • Haltung im digitalen Zeitalter: Wie wir der Welt begegnen
    In Petra Grimm, Tobias O. Keber & Oliver Zöllner (eds.), Digitale Ethik: Leben in vernetzten Welten, Reclam. pp. 219-233. 2019.
    This article is an introduction to the concept of disposition (hexis) and what it means and entails in digital contexts. The increasingly digitized world that many people find themselves in needs to be seen in a larger context of five partly overlapping meta-processes of modernization, each of which calls for identifying appropriate virtues: (1) globalization, (2) economization, (3) digitalization, (4) mediatization, and (5) alienation. These processes and their inherent challenges are explained…Read more
  • This article is an introduction to the concept of dominion without a ruler, as is so often observable in digital contexts, i.e., the compulsion to be "always on" and to be constantly networking, leading to new norms and a new kind of relational subject position in the digital age.
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    Digitale Ethik: Positionsbestimmung und Perspektiven
    with Petra Grimm and Tobias O. Keber
    In Petra Grimm, Tobias O. Keber & Oliver Zöllner (eds.), Digitale Ethik: Leben in vernetzten Welten, Reclam. pp. 9-26. 2019.
    An introduction to the field of digital ethics and to the textbook, "Digital Ethics: Living in Networked Worlds" (Digitale Ethik: Leben in vernetzten Welten).
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    What functions can rituals fulfill in the context of media and specifically in relation to young people? What ethical implications are associated with the issues of "media - rituals - youth"? These questions were the focus of the ninth symposium on media ethics at Stuttgart Media University where three types of "media rituals" emerged: On the one hand, there are rituals mediated by the media, through which societies can reassure themselves of their values. The second is rituality in the act of c…Read more
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    In this volume, "Brave New World of Communication or the End of Privacy?," communication and media scholars, industry representatives and data protectionists reflect on the urge to present one's self online on social media and other popular media formats, and the ensuing weakened sense of what is private. In the context of empirical findings, aspects of an ethics of privacy as well as concepts of privacy and its economization and possible regulation will be discussed. The focus is on the underst…Read more
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    Gender im medien­ethischen Diskurs (edited book)
    Steiner. 2014.
    The media are not only an arena for creating and sustaining gender identites and related norms of behavior, they also formulate value judgments and generate notions of masculinity and femininity, i.e., they help define what 'women' and 'men' should be like and what counts as deviation. For young people in particular, role models portrayed in the media are identification material for their own gender identity formation. This volume explores, from a perspective of media ethics, mediated representa…Read more
  • "Economization" is a major narrative of the present. Related processes of marketization or commodification of many central areas of life can be observed. Whether in politics, in the media, in education, science and culture: efficiency criteria are postulated and often understood as if there were no alternative. The belief in an invisible hand of the market has almost become a dogma: statistics, rankings and evaluations become mediatized lead currencies. People are supposed to behave in such a wa…Read more
  • Anonymität und Transparenz in der digitalen Gesellschaft (edited book)
    with Petra Grimm and Tobias O. Keber
    Steiner. 2015.
    Digital everyday life brings with it new kinds of challenges. Transparency and anonymity are becoming relevant values for individual identity. Visibility is a fundamental condition for participating in society. But how can people deal with the insecurity that is inherent in self-presentation on the Net when we use personal data to pay for the (apparently) free services of data-hungry companies? Subjects are thus constructed and evaluated only from individual puzzle pieces of their identity, whil…Read more
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    Digitalisierung und Selbstbestimmung
    Tv Diskurs 20 (1 (#75)): 22-25. 2016.
    This article gives an overview of how living in digitality relates to human autonomy, and what future outlines of this relationship may look like.
  • The digitalized (and rapidly ever more digitizing) present is often characterized by forced transparency and a system of comprehensive data exploitation. From the perspective of child and youth protection, this results in numerous impositions and dangers that minors are usually not yet able to assess. Against this backdrop, digital ethics aims to provide guidance by developing consensual criteria and ethical standards for a successful life online. The concept of "digital citizenship" outlined in…Read more