Category: Material

The Philosopher, the Wolf, the Dog and the Fleas
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The Philosopher, the Wolf, the Dog and the Fleas

Mark Rowlands has come of age. His hair is dyed, he is not a lonesome writer anymore but a reknown professor of philosophy at the University of Miami, a husband and a father. And instead of a wolf, a Schaeferhund-dog is now his companion on his daily jogging trips. The wolf made Mark Rowlands famous....

Micropublishing Basics
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Micropublishing Basics

Microblogging, Microfinancing – does everything have to be small and does it have to move fast? Because there is no time anymore for “real” business? Micropublishing is sometimes used as a synonym for microblogging. I look at it differently. Blogging is Blogging – that’s a way to quickly sketch some thought, spread information, start a...

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Explorative Communication

Communication is not always about agreeing. It’s not even always about understanding. So what else do we do, besides creating noise? Sometimes communication is about exploring: We have to use words, thoughts, to materialize ideas, to bring them into existence. But we don’t want to convince anybody, we don’t even want to explain that to...

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30 Jahre Postmoderne? – Lyotard revisited 3/3 – Dissens als Leitbild von Leben, Kommunikation, Medien

Beliebigkeit, Flexibilitaet sind Sichtweisen von Vielfalt. Vielfalt in der Kommunikation bedeutet, unterschiedliche Sichtweisen zu vertreten, diese mit unterschiedlichen Mitteln und Argumentarien zu erklaeren. Auch ohne zentral anerkannte Instanzen, ohne maechtige Kirchen, ohne attraktive Politiker, mit Universitaeten, die ihre Leistungsbilanz gegenueber jener von Kindergaerten rechtfertigen muessen, sind wir weiter von Chaos, Anarchie oder moralischem Verfall entfernt...

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30 Jahre Postmoderne? – Lyotard revisited 2/3 – Performatives Sprechen: Ich sage das, also ist es so

Woher kommt die legimitierende Kraft des blossen Sprechens; welche Regeln muessen erfuellt sein, damit Abweichungen, Veraenderungen akzeptierbar und realistisch sind? Geht es gar ohne Regeln? Um Sprechen in einer nicht den aktuellen Regeln unterworfenen Urform zu beobachten, widmeten sich Lyotards strukturalistische Ahnen (Levi-Strauss, Mauss,…) den narrativen, nicht-diskursiven, nicht-wissenschaftlichen oralen Kommunikationstraditionen indigener Voelker. Die Erzaehlweisen brasilianischer...

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30 Jahre Postmoderne? – Lyotard revisited 1/3

“Der Konsens ist ein veralteter und suspekter Wert geworden, nicht aber die Gerechtigkeit. Man muss zu einer Idee und einer Praxis der Gerechtigkeit gelangen, die nicht an jene des Konsens gebunden ist.” – “Das postmoderne Wissen” von Jean-Francois Lyotard erschien 1979 zum ersten Mal in Buchform. Lyotard spielt in dem skizzenhaften Text nicht nur mit...

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Reading Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate

I finally managed to start reading Brad Warners “Zen wrapped in Karma dipped in Chocolate”. Brad Warner’s first two books are among my alltime favorites. Well, I put the classics aside a little for this ranking, but somehow, they don’t really attract me so much at the moment. Why? Brad Warners interpretation of Soto Zen...

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Kevin Kellys new old book

Kevin Kelly is republishing New Rules for the New Economy – Radical Strategies for a Connected World as a blog to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the book-publication. Reading it in 1999 was fun – there were many strategic books around, dealing with business, content, businesses. Most of them were already old when you had...