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Felix Stalder


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  • mass media
  • digital culture
  • digitalization
  • algorithms
  • culture industry
  • cultural practice
  • digital media

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Felix Stalder

is professor of digital culture and network theories, and researches into the interrelationship of society, culture, and technologies. He heads the research group Creating Commons, which examines artistic projects that generate free resources, and is a founding member of the artistic research platform Technopolitics and on the board of the World Information Institute, both in Vienna.
Other texts by Felix Stalder for DIAPHANES
Ines Kleesattel (ed.), Ruedi Widmer (ed.): Scripted Culture

When we look at the cultural public sphere through the lens of digitalization, a paradoxical picture emerges: the cultural public sphere is simultaneously exploding and imploding; the most essential objectives of the Enlightenment have been attained and yet are in danger; platforms and algorithms are vehicles both for self-determination and for heteronomy. Long-standing values from the Enlightenment values and new realities, the citizen and the consumer, rational systems of humans and machines alike are both separate in inextricable from one another in this picture.