Liquid Democracies

Date: 
07.02.2010 17:00
Format: 
Conference
Location: 
HKW
Auditorium

In relation to recent events social networking sites have replaced traditional news coverage. Sociology professor Tiziana Terranova moderates this third conference session examining the 'radical' roles of tools like Twitter and Facebook as 'revolutionary' media. Are we dealing with a new force, a new social mechanism for the exchange of information, a new truth? Or is it just another case of 'the emperor's new clothes'?

Participants: Matteo Pasquinelli (it), Steve Lambert (us), Sascha Lobo (de)
Moderator: Tiziana Terranova (it)

Currently we can see how the rapid development of digital media tools is reducing the space for reactive and reflective resposes for the respective political bodies and institutions. We are about to lose our allegedly stable benchmark for ethics, politics and culture. Moreover social networking activities are clearly about to replace traditional news coverage as the main source of information. This is the right tome to scrutinise the role of tools such as Twitter and Facebook as 'revolutionary' media. Are we dealing with a new type of political force? Or is it just another case of 'the emperor's new clothes'?

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