(b.1970) is an author and manager of the Zentrale Intelligenz Agentur. Her publications include Das nächste große Ding (2006), Lexikon des Unwissens (2007) and Dinge geregelt kriegen -- ohne einen Funken Selbstdisziplin (2008).
The blurring of social roles and the consensus illusion
Consensus among online communities may all too often prove fragile if not illusory. But, writes Kathrin Passig, as long as Internet users can adapt to groups that actually agree on only a select few issues, there is no need to lose faith in social media. [English version added] [more]
Avowedly enthusiastic about reader interaction, journalists in fact prefer to keep their distance, writes Kathrin Passig: readers might not be clever enough or worse, more clever. It's not sheer laziness but solid reasoning that lies behind journalists' aversion to participation. [more]
Bettering the quality of the discussions on blogs and Internet forums is an important task. But how? Is complete anonymity the best solution for cultivating civilized web debates? Are moderators necessary, and if so, who should select them? Kathrin Passig weighs up the options. [more]
Speculations about the future of the book that deal only with the switch from analogue to digital fall short of the mark, writes Kathrin Passig. The real issues to discuss are changes in reading habits, reasons for purchasing books and the social meanings of book owning. [more]
What is it good for? A passing fad! It makes you stupid! Today's technology critique is tomorrow's embarrassing error of judgement. Kathrin Passig's suggestion: one should try to avoid repeating the most commonplace critiques, particularly in public. [more]
War has always been the best means of suppressing decadence, with the soldier as the counterpart to the spoiled and softening civilian. The military's rejection of decadence, however, can be costly. [more]