Roland Dürre
Tuesday October 20th, 2015

If Blog Explosion

Felix von Leitner auf dem Podium während des Chaos Communication Congress, 2009

Felix von Leitner sitting on the podium during the 2009 Chaos Communication Congress.

Two weeks ago, the number of IF Blog readers exploded. Normally, we have a nice three-digit number of readers every day. Suddenly, it ranged in the high four-digit region for a few days. The reason was simple: In Fefe’s Blog – the blog of  Felix von Leitner (fefe), which is probably one of the most frequently read in this country, there was a Link  to IF-Blog.

This is how it might have happened:
Our guest author Hans Bonfigt and fefe have known each other for a long time. In former times, they crossed swords quite frequently in Usenet. And a good enmity binds you just as much as a nice friendship. Enmity and friendship probably are not too far apart, anyway, as long as you respect the other party.

By some, blog.fefe.de is called the “Boulevard Press for Nerds“. This is quite a remarkable comparison. Because there are similarities, such as a very striking use of language (more like a “restricted code”) and a one-sided tendency – even if said tendency is very much to my liking, no (few) taboos.…

To summarize it all, I would say both are mouthpieces that are extremely good at proving prejudices. . But there are also quite a few differences between the two:

The Bild-Zeitung is a business empire. With many editors and employees, no end of capital behind the scenes, a refined logistics and sales concept, in short: a huge Journaille machine. And it also has considerable political influence, because quite a few politicians probably determine what to say with already more or less an eye on the BILD- Zeitung.

Felix von Leitner is basically all working by himself. No printing press rotates for him. At most, there might be the occasional small server. His is always offering his opinions for “free”. As a general rule, the BILD costs money, except if you pinch it. You only get a free copy on very special days, such as October, 1st, when it is distributed to almost all German households. On those days, it will deliver two- or one-page free adverts of the huge German business elite, such as VW or Allianz, which make at least me run away.

But to make up for it, fefe has a “crowd of nerds” (I count myself upon them) backing him who provide him with exciting links. All that is left for him to do is a little judgement, combination and comments. And then his “newspaper” is ready for publication.

The BILD-Zeitung used to be the dominating German print medium. I cannot really make an estimate about the influence of the institution BILD on our society and politics, but I think it is still relevant today. BILD might well also have determined the result of quite a few elections in this country. There is no doubt that it influenced a number of decisions.

I assume that this might change in the future. It will be exciting to observe – BILD or blog? 
For all my friends, I recommend reading Fefe’s Blog. It is definitely preferable to BILD.

RMD

P.S.

I took the picture from Wikipedia. It was originally uploaded by Flickr.com and transferred to here through Flickr upload bot by Tullius (disucussion). At that time – 16:10, August, 5th, 2011 (UTC) – it was set free by Flickr under the Creative-Commons Licence „Namensnennung – Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen 2.0 generisch“. „Fefe“ is licenced by melle. Lizenziert under CC BY-SA 2.0 through Wikimedia Commons –
https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Fefe.jpg#/media/File:Fefe.jpg

Roland Dürre
Sunday November 9th, 2014

There is no Real Living if you are Surrounded by Wrongness.

My friend Dr. Marcus Raitner (in fact, I probably should write our friend, because there are already quite many of us) is, among other things, also the author of a very special blog on topics along leadership and society: Experiencing Leadership (Führung erfahren) with the sub-title Shaping Cooperation at Eye-Level. This is a blog I warmly recommend.

The current article in Marcus’ blog: (No) A Real Life Surrounded by Wrongness? Is important for me, which is why I wrote a comment on it.

Dear Marcus, the Adorno citation “There is no real life surrounded by wrongness” made a huge impression on me, too, when I read it a few years ago. And, just like you also wrote, all comparison between our current situation in society and the echo of terror at the time by which Adorno was motivated to write this sentence is absolutely out of the question.

Incidentally, I saw the film “WORK HARD PLAY HARD” by Carmen Losmann a few days ago. I also had the opportunity to talk with her at quite some length. The film is truly worth watching and I already wrote an IF Blog article about my experience.

If you make a mental connection between the impressions of the film and the current world-wide and German news (strange social developments in the USA, as well as other countries and Germany, global supervision by NSA and others, wars between maniacs – with weapons provided by us, tax manipulations at a huge range, behaviour of the financial industry, massive influence of lobbies on legislation, control of governments by business, numerous violations of law in huge dimensions, the power of the secret services outside all parliamentary control even in developed “democratic” countries, the general dominance of the powerful, the way the “world society” treats global threats such as climate change, but also singular ones such as Ebola), you might well start thinking:

“nip things in the bud”. And if you then continue by mentally combining this with your own life’s experience, it might actually give you pause from time to time.

This is how I see you as a caller in the wilderness; yet thankfully, you are not a lonely caller, because you are far from the only one. And since we multiply quite quickly, I can easily imagine that those who are powerful today will soon again hear the call currently so often in our ears because of our jubilee: “we are the people”.

RMD
(Translated by EG)

P.S.

Adorno’s sentence inspired me to write a new definition of freedom.

A person is free if he can live a true life even if surrounded by wrongness.
As you all know, I collect definitions of freedom!