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Changing media -- Media in change

Editorial

Media-technological developments are causing a fundamental re-structuring of the newspaper and book publishing sectors. Yet media change is about more than just the "newspaper crisis" and the iPad: property law, privacy, free speech and the functioning of the public sphere are all affected. This Eurozine focal point debates a field experiencing profound and constant transformation. [ more ]

16.09.2010
 
Lothar Müller

Deadline

A history of timeliness

Media The first printed newspaper appeared 150 years after Gutenberg, as the postal service replaced the messenger and news began to spread faster. Yet the format developed slowly, as Müller shows in a history of print media that concludes with the Internet age. [English version added] [ more ]

30.04.2013
Václav Stetka

The rise of the tycoons

Economic crisis and changing media ownership in central Europe

Media As the regional presence of international players diminishes two decades after the privatization of media markets, local business elites looking to win influence are buying into the media sector. Václav Stetka takes stock of the consequences for free and independent journalism. [ more ]

31.05.2013
Franco Berardi

Media activism revisited

Media philosophy Although media activism has opened up new spaces of expression, it has not been able to prevent the dominant media to invade this freedom, writes Franco Berardi. Activists should therefore "reinvest the aesthetic dimension"; first as art, then as therapy. [ more ]

27.02.2013
Sabine Nuss

Contested copyright

Copyright Underlying the debate on intellectual property is an ideological faultline between capitalist models and alternatives, writes Sabine Nuss. Although a property approach to intellectual goods has major disadvantages it remains the lesser of many evils. [Ukrainian version added] [ more ]

11.01.2013
Paul Starr

Bad news for the news

changing media The good news is: the digital revolution has revitalized journalism. The bad news: nobody wants to pay for it. With the Internet undermining the economic basis of professional reporting, the freedom of the press in western democracies is at stake, warns sociologist Paul Starr. [ more ]

16.08.2011
Thomas Schmid

The story behind the story

changing media The newspaper crisis shows that another kind of journalism is needed: one that goes into detail, tells great stories, provides background, poses questions and turns answers into more questions. Thomas Schmid, publisher of "Die Welt", calls for a revival of journalistic virtues. [ more ]

16.08.2011
 

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Tamara Witschge

New media in the newsroom = more democratic news?

changing media New media are changing news production, but not in the way democratization theorists hope, writes Tamara Witschge. The journalistic profession remains resistant to the "amateur", defending values under threat yet shoring up existing relations of power. [ more ]

26.07.2011
Knut Olav Åmås

Newspapers: Innovate or die!

changing media The good news for big print media is that demand for quality journalism has never been so high. Yet they need to move with the new technology to continue doing what they do best, writes Knut Olav Åmås, culture editor of the Norwegian daily "Aftenposten". [ more ]

01.07.2011
Iryna Vidanava

Scenes from the battlefield

free speech Despite renewed crackdowns on the independent media in Belarus, there are signs that the tide is turning in the battle for free speech in the country. However, victory for the democratic forces will require politicizing Belarus' young Internet audience, writes Iryna Vidanava. [ more ]

01.07.2011
Alison Bethel-McKenzie

Free speech: The global balance

free speech Political repression of pro-democratic journalists throughout the Middle East; serial murder of reporters caught up in Latin America's drug wars; constitutional attacks on the media in Europe: free speech faces adversaries worldwide, warns the director of the International Press Institute. [ more ]

26.07.2011
Pirjo Hiidenmaa

Technology's false imperative

Why digitization must not mean the end copyright

copyright Caught between publishing giants and small independents, the only asset available to authors is their copyright. It must not be weakened through digitization and the new ease with which content can be reproduced, argues the President of the European Writers Council. [ more ]

26.07.2011
Felix Stalder

Relax!

Producing culture in a weak intellectual property environment

copyright Cultural producers should be relaxed about digital technology's erosion of copyright. A weak copyright regime offers a chance to re-embed cultural production in concrete, personal relationships out of which new economic models can and do emerge. [ more ]

01.07.2011
Leonhard Dobusch

Bad for artists?

On digitization, remuneration and copyright

copyright It is not illegal copying that is threatening the livelihood of artists, as record companies tell us, but an inequality built into the existing copyright system itself. Leonhard Dobusch on why, in a winner-takes-all culture, stronger copyright protection only benefits the few. [ more ]

01.07.2011

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Geert Lovink, Patrice Riemens

Twelve theses on WikiLeaks

wikileaks Vindictive, politicized, conspiratorial, reckless: one need not agree with WikiLeaks' modus operandi to acknowledge its service to democracy. Geert Lovink and Patrice Riemens see indications of a new culture of exposure beyond the traditional politics of openness and transparency. [ more ]

07.12.2010
Felix Stalder

Contain this!

Leaks, whistle-blowers and the networked news ecology

wikileaks The WikiLeaks exposés are altering the informational landscape for good. Whilst acknowledging the structural leakiness of networked organizations, Felix Stalder finds deeper reasons for the crisis of information security and the new distribution of investigative journalism. [ more ]

29.11.2010
 

Media landscapes: Western Europe

New focal point Despite the Internet's growing significance as vehicle of freedom of expression, public service broadcasting and the press will remain for some time the visible face of the watchdog on power. In a new Eurozine Focal Point on the western European media, edited by Judith Vidal-Hall, a picture of the traditional media emerges that suggests they urgently need to prove they are still fit for the purpose of performing the role of the "Fourth Estate". [ more ]

31.12.2010

Jean-François Julliard, Roman Schmidt

Too close for truth

Political interference in the French media

France The French government has a profoundly ambivalent relationship with the press. Nicolas Sarkozy has encouraged the public to treat journalists with mistrust; at the same time, his relationship with media owners is far too close, says the secretary-general of Reporters Sans Frontières. [ more ]

31.12.2010
Giulio D'Eramo

Restoring reality

The resurgence of investigative journalism in Italy

Italy In a surprising reversal of fortune, investigative journalism is enjoying a comeback in Italy. No longer can Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's media empire dictate the terms of debate or protect Il Cavaliere and his cronies from growing public anger, writes Giulio D'Eramo. [ more ]

31.12.2010
Thomas Leif

Enter the Fifth Estate

The lobbies' influence on journalism in Germany

Germany It is an established fact that lobbyists, MPs and journalists are integrated in a closed circuit of information. Less well known is the extent to which journalists and politicians actively cultivate close ties with this "Fifth Estate". Thomas Leif reports on the German situation. [ more ]

31.12.2010

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Heribert Prantl

Are newspapers still relevant?

journalism It is not the Internet that is responsible for the "crisis of the press", but subordination of journalism to the market, writes the political editor of the "Süddeutsche Zeitung". For the first time since 1945, German journalism risks becoming trivialized. [ more ]

11.12.2009
Pascal Fouché, Olivier Mongin, Marc-Olivier Padis

Will the book enter the digital age?

An interview with Pascal Fouché

future of the book The digitization of the book has brought a new balance of power in the trade, with established publishers locked in struggle with the new digital distributors. Pascal Fouché discusses whether publishers are prepared for the dematerialization of the printed word. [ more ]

29.07.2010
Sven Egil Omdal

When newspapers die...

Newspapers ... it can be a slow and painful business. Many of its current problems are of the newspaper industry's own making. But also in Norway there are signs that some are finally getting the message and shaping up to the future, writes Sven Egil Omdal. [ more ]

18.05.2010
 
Geert Lovink

MyBrain.net

The colonization of real-time and other trends in Web 2.0

net culture The neurological turn in web criticism exploits the obsession with anything related to the mind and consciousness. Geert Lovink turns the discussion to the politics of network architecture, exploring connections between the colonization of real-time and the rise of the national web. [ more ]

18.03.2010
Kathrin Passig

Commonplaces of technology critique

technology 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 ]

16.09.2010
Ivaylo Ditchev

Democracy "live"

media and politics The marketization of the media combines with digital technology to create a political order determined by public opinion, writes Ivaylo Ditchev. For political decision-making, the question whether opinion is right or wrong becomes secondary to its legitimacy as a form of feedback. [ more ]

14.09.2010
Aleida Assmann

Here am I, where are you?

Loneliness in the era of communication

internet The Internet has abolished loneliness, or rather got rid of its negative effects to a hitherto unimagined degree, writes Aleida Assmann. Borders between sociability and loneliness are shifting and the pressure of social conformity lessens as computer nerds turn into savvy heroes. [ more ]

09.03.2011
Cristian Ghinea, Constantin Vica

The digital Pharmakon

privacy What is the difference between voluntary and involuntary self-revelation online? Is the regulation of Internet privacy a matter for the state, or must the web community negotiate its own privacy norms and strategies? A conversation between a connoisseur and a neophyte. [ more ]

08.10.2010
Jana Herwig, Max Kossatz, Viola Mark

The uni's burning via Internet

protest Refuting derogatory references to a "Facebook rebellion" and tackling the charge that virtual "being there" undermines participation, Jana Herwig, Max Kossatz and Viola Mark examine what the student protests reveal about political activism in the era of Web 2.0. [ more ]

01.07.2010
 
Mikhaïl Xifaras

Copyleft and the theory of property

copyright A battle is underway between the supporters of intellectual property and the defenders of "the commons". Mikhail Xifaras traces the history of the concept of "exclusive rights" and evaluates the emancipatory claims of the copyleft movement today. [ more ]

16.09.2010
Daniel Leisegang

Culture flat-rate: The new social contract

copyright A "culture flat-rate" charged to all Internet users would reconcile the interests of copyright-holders and consumers, argues Daniel Leisegang. In the music branch, a reform of the copyright system would de-criminalize file-sharers and return autonomy to artists. [ more ]

12.01.2011
Daniel Leisegang

The future of knowledge

privatization The Bibliothèque National de France is the latest library to strike a deal with Google Books. Despite what amounts to Google's worldwide monopoly on information, the EU continues to support such private-public partnerships. Time for alternative structures, writes Daniel Leisegang. [ more ]

17.11.2009
Jean-Claude Monod

From abuse to usufruct

ownership Environmentalism has introduced ideas of intergenerational equality, while economics has begun to quantify the social effects of activities overlooked in market prices. Signs of a return to a less deregulated way of looking at our relationship with things, writes Jean-Claude Monod. [ more ]

12.03.2010
 
Kazys Varnelis

The meaning of network culture

net culture As digital computing meshes with mobile networking technology, society is undergoing a cultural shift. In postmodernism, being was left in a fabric of intensities; today, the self is affirmed through the net. What does this mean for the democratic public sphere? [ more ]

14.01.2010
Laurent Mauriac, Pascal Riché

Transposition or transformation?

online journalism Pioneering French politics website Rue89 attempts to bridge the gap between print and the Internet by encouraging contributions from experts and web users, but using journalists to direct and edit this participation. Editors Laurent Mauriac and Pascal Riché explain. [ more ]

22.05.2009
Geraldine de Bastion

Africa's blogosphere

blogs Africa's blogger community is still in its infancy, but it has already demonstrated its importance in mobilizing opinion in Kenya and Nigeria and promises to be a significant player in the fight for democracy and free expression across the continent. [ more ]

05.10.2009
 

Media landscapes: Central and eastern Europe

media landscapes Those in central and eastern Europe who in 1989 saw the media as the handmaiden of democracy have today become targets for new and subtler forms of censorship. A Eurozine focal point illustrates how media autonomy in Europe's "newer democracies" is being inhibited by market forces, continuing political intervention and, not seldom, organized crime. [ more ]

Maria Eismont, Alexei Venediktov

Russia's rules of engagement

censorship "The fact that peole who were working freely in the 1990s now work in a way that is no longer free is the result of fear." Alexei Venediktov, editor-in-chief of independent Russian radio station Ekho Moskvy, tells Maria Eismont about dealing with death threats, censorship and the Kremlin. [ more ]

04.08.2010
 
Jytte Klausen

See no evil

cartoon controversy "They have turned my book into another chapter of this fruitless debate." Jytte Klausen talks to "Index on Censorship" about the controversial decision of Yale University Press to publish her book on the Danish cartoon crisis without reproductions of the cartoons themselves. [ more ]

25.01.2010
Miklós Haraszti

In God's name

extremism A new UN proposal condemning "defamation of religion" cements oppressive governments' control of free speech while still sounding compatible with the advanced multiculturalism of liberal democracies, writes Miklós Haraszti. [ more ]

19.06.2009
Kenan Malik

Shadow of the fatwa

offence Salman Rushdie's critics lost the battle but they won the war against free speech, writes Kenan Malik. The argument at the heart of the anti-Rushdie case - that it is morally unacceptable to cause offence to other cultures - is now widely accepted. [ more ]

16.12.2008
 
Ron Deibert, Rafal Rohozinski

Cyber wars

Censorship The "next generation" controls with which authorities aim to manage the Internet mark a shift from heavy-handed filtering to sophisticated multi-pronged methods. Ron Deibert and Rafal Rohozinski on the attempt to normalize the exercise of power in cyberspace. [ more ]

26.03.2010
Gus Hosein

They know where you are

surveillance "It is almost as though freedom and flexibility is being designed out of the Internet, where previously they were essential." Gus Hosein of Privacy International on how the Internet is turning into a data goldmine for governments that want to keep track of their citizens. [ more ]

05.02.2008
Daniel Leisegang

The Google empire

privacy Internet users increasingly reveal private data on social networking platforms. Yet a great deal of information is also gathered for commercial purposes without users' consent. Google is at the forefront of the data-tracking business, writes Daniel Leisegang. [ more ]

21.02.2008
 
Geert Lovink

The society of the query and the Googlization of our lives

A tribute to Joseph Weizenbaum

net culture "There is only one way to turn signals into information: through interpretation", wrote the computer critic Joseph Weizenbaum. As Google's hegemony over online content increases, argues Geert Lovink, we should stop searching and start questioning. [ more ]

05.09.2008
Rasmus Fleischer

The revenge of the beer fiddlers?

The regulation of amateurs in musical life

amateurism Cultural professionalism is not the simple expression of an all-embracing economic logic, but generated and sustained by specific institutions, writes Rasmus Fleischer. A history of the three hundred year-old struggle between professional and amateur musicians in Sweden. [ more ]

18.01.2010
Hillel Schlegel

Events marketing and design in the present day

Little mythologies of mass technology

technology The convergence of technology means that the form taken by devices is no longer dictated by function. The device becomes pure interface, a social marker without concern for the feature. The result is a jumble of designs, devoid of any meaning beyond that ascribed by advertising. [ more ]

28.04.2010
 
Geert Lovink

Blogging, the nihilist impulse

blogs Instead of presenting blog entries as mere self-promotion, we should interpret them as decadent artefacts that remotely dismantle the broadcast model. Geert Lovink formulates a theory of weblogs that goes beyond the usual rhetoric of citizen journalism. [ more ]

02.01.2007
Krystian Woznicki

This blogging business nowadays

Spectacularization of the "blogosphere" and citizen journalism

blogs The blogging movement's claim to empower the "netizen" is being undermined by the commercialization and professionalization of the "blogosphere". This necessitates a rethinking of the concept of citizen journalism, writes Krystian Woznicki. [ more ]

23.07.2007
Martin Hala

From "big character posters" to blogs

Facets of independent self-expression in China

blogs Blogging in China has often been compared to samizdat publishing during the Cultural Revolution. Yet despite predictions to the contrary, the Internet has not brought abrupt political change in China. Its significance and implications for Chinese society lie elsewhere, writes Martin Hala. [ more ]

28.03.2008
 
Niels. C. Taubert

Between Gutenberg Galaxy and World Wide Web

publishing and research A two-tier system has developed in academic publishing on the Internet, with authors increasingly required to contribute to the costs of "prestige" publication. How can open-access improve its academic reputation, particularly in the humanities? [ more ]

17.08.2009
Aleida Assmann

Handwritten correspondence to mental exercise by email

publishing and research Until halfway through the last century, scientists' handwritten correspondence prepared the ground for the publication of a scientific work. This stage has shifted to the international conference, organized via email. What will this mean for archivists of the future? [ more ]

16.01.2006
 

More focal points

The bonfire of the universities
The uni's burning! The slogan was everywhere in the German-speaking space last winter, as the protests at the University of Vienna set off a wave of similar strikes, first at Austrian universities, then beyond: in Frankfurt, Heidelberg, Marburg, ZŸrich... 2009/10 saw further protests at universities in Athens, Zagreb, Marseilles and London. The Bologna Process, one of the main points of contention, also marked its ten-year anniversary on 12 March this year by officially inaugurating the European Higher Education Area. Eurozine surveys a debate enflaming (not only) Europe. [ more ]

Climate of change?
Social agreement about the necessity of radical ecological change may be unprecedented, yet rhetoric and reality go their separate ways. As ambitions for a legally-binding agreement at the Copenhagen recede, serious doubts arise about the efficacy of multilateral climate deals and the assumptions behind cap-and-trade.[ more ]

Dilemma 89
Twenty years after 1989, most former communist states in central and eastern Europe are members of the EU. Yet the transition from closed to open societies is far from "complete". '89 not only historic moment of liberation, but also political and social dilemma for the present day. [ more ]

Media landscapes
Those in central and eastern Europe who in '89 took the commitment to free expression seriously, who saw the media as the handmaiden of democracy and the conventional watchdog on political and commercial power, today have become targets for new and subtler forms of censorship. [ more ]

The malady of infinite aspiration?
Sound in principle or sick at heart? Articles on the financial crisis, compiled under Durkheim's memorable phrase. Including: Jacques Rupnik, Ralf Dahrendorf, Daniel Daianu, Mircea Vasilescu, Heiner Flassbeck, Olivier Mongin. [ more ]

Olympic indifference
The Beijing Olympics 2008 are unusual insofar as not one country has boycotted them. This, despite the fact that the political dimension of the Games has seldom been more controversial. Are we seeing a new kind of "Olympic indifference"? With this in mind, Eurozine compiles articles on sport, politics, and protest. [ more ]

Shared space, divided society
Migration is part of modern society, meaning more and more people of different ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds live together in Europe. The multitude of perspectives and experiences represents an enormous resource, but as cultural conflicts inherent in today's urban societies become visible, doubts are also raised about the value of diversity. [ more ]

1968: Beyond soixante-huite
Forty years on, the differences between the 1968 uprisings in western and eastern Europe move into ever sharper focus. "In retrospect, the great event of '68 in Europe was not Paris, but Prague. But we were unable to see this at the time." Including articles on '68 in Czechoslovakia, Poland, Russia, Ukraine, France and West Germany. [ more ]

Illiberal Europe?
Parliament or the soapbox? Populist politics are enjoying renewed success in Europe, above all in the former socialist countries. Ivan Krastev, G.M.Tam‡s, Ralf Dahrendorf, Jacques Rupnik and others investigate the rise of "democratic illiberalism". [ more ]

Cultural citizenship
The concept of cultural citizenship responds to the multicultural context of contemporary societies, in which the concern with equality is increasingly being complemented with a concern with difference. Contributors include Gerard Delanty, Axel Honneth, Rainer Baubšck, Ivaylo Ditchev, Charles Taylor, Rada Ivekovic, Ant—nio Sousa Ribeiro. [ more ]

Decentring Europe
Any reinvention of the concept of Europe that takes into account the complexities inherent in Europe's place in a globalized world must contain a critique of Eurocentrism. Learning from the South, i.e. absorbing the full critical impact of alternative approaches may be a key element in the rethinking – and unthinking – of "Europe".[ more ]

The future of war
Are wars that are fought between nations a thing of the past, and are the future challenges more a case of ethnic strife, break-up of failed states, secession and civil wars? In a special focal point, Eurozine analyzes the changing face of warfare in the twenty-first century, in which terrorism and new security threats have profoundly transformed the way wars are conducted. [ more ]

The city as stage for social upheaval
From the western European city to the Third World megacity, one is able to observe how a single principle asserts itself in the social structure of the urban space. That principle – privatization – is geared towards the concentration of wealth and assets on an increasingly global scale, a manoeuvre its beneficiaries seek to naturalize. [ more ]

Big Brother goes global
Post 9/11, governments are increasingly tailoring "international standards" to ratify domestic policies that intrude on civil liberties. Welcome to the phenomenon of "policy laundering". [ more ]

Changing Europe
As political Europe turns 50, the questions about its future are as open as ever. A special focus featuring some of Eurozine's most outstanding contributions on the European project: From analyses of the current crisis to a hilarious parody of Brussels' literary ambitions. [ more ]

European histories: Towards a grand narrative?
In order for there to be solidarity within the enlarged EU, it will be necessary to develop a broader historical consciousness that includes both western and eastern experiences. [ more ]

Europe talks to Europe: Towards a European public sphere?
The European integration project has made the discussion about transnational spaces for cultural and political debate acute. Can there at all be a common Europe without a pan-European public sphere? [ more ]

Politics of border making and (cross-)border identities
Have borders become irrelevant with the project of a united Europe? No, just the opposite. On the dilemmas of border building and cross-border cooperation in the EU and its neighbourhood. [ more ]

Documenta 12 magazines
Eurozine is participating in the Documenta 12 magazines project, which links over 90 print and on-line periodicals worldwide. Read Eurozine's contributions to the documenta leitmotifs "Modernity" and "Bare Life" here.[ more ]

Freedom of speech and the Danish cartoon controversy
Free speech is a fundamental human right and a central tenet of democracy. Or is it? Reactions to the Danish cartoon controversy show that liberals are re-evaluating what the right to free speech entails. [ more ]

Politics of translation
Translation today is as much about the translation of cultural, political, and historical contexts and concepts as it is about language. [ more ]

 

Conferences

Changing places (What's normal anyway?)
The 20th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Sibiu, 21-24 October 2007

Under the heading "Changing places (What's normal anyway?)", the Eurozine network conference 2007 in Sibiu, Romania, addressed the challenges facing societies, literature, and the media as the need for change meets the urge for normality. Read the conference texts here. [ more ]

Friend and foe. Shared space, divided society
The 19th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
London, 27-30 October 2006

Speakers at the 19th European Meeting of Cultural Journals opened up the discussion on cultural diversity in two directions: first, as it is experienced in the physical urban space, and second, as it is reflected in the mirror of the media. [ more ]

Neighbourhoods
The 18th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Istanbul, 4-7 November 2005

Contributions on the notion of neighbourhood and the Turkey-Europe question from a range of intellectual and geographic perspectives. [ more ]

 

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Europe talks to Europe

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Nationalism in Belgium might be different from nationalism in Ukraine, but if we want to understand the current European crisis and how to overcome it we need to take both into account. The debate series "Europe talks to Europe" is an attempt to turn European intellectual debate into a two-way street. [more]

Conferences     click for more

Eurozine emerged from an informal network dating back to 1983. Since then, European cultural magazines have met annually in European cities to exchange ideas and experiences. Around 100 journals from almost every European country are now regularly involved in these meetings.
Law and Border. House Search in Fortress Europe
The 26th European Meeting of Cultural Journals
Conversano, 3-6 October 2014

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/conversano2014.html
Eurozine's 2014 conference in southern Italy, not far from Lampedusa, addressed both EU refugee and immigration policies and intellectual partnerships across the Mediterranean. Speakers included Italian investigative journalist Fabrizio Gatti and Moroccan feminist and Nobel Peace Prize nominee Rita El Khayat. [more]

Multimedia     click for more

http://www.eurozine.com/comp/multimedia.html
Multimedia section including videos of past Eurozine conferences in Vilnius (2009) and Sibiu (2007). [more]


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