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Ines Kleesattel (ed.), Ruedi Widmer (ed.): Scripted Culture

Ines Kleesattel (ed.), Ruedi Widmer (ed.)

Scripted Culture
Digitalization and the Cultural Public Sphere

Softcover, 304 pages

Date of publication: 11.04.2018


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 separate and yet at the same time inextricable from each other in this picture.
With contributions by Remo Bitzi, Corinne Gisel, Simon Grand, Ines Kleesattel, Donat Kaufmann, Eva Mackensen, Frédéric Martel, Dieter Mersch, Kathrin Passig, Mathis Neuhaus, Lora Sommer, David Simon, Felix Stalder, Wolfgang Ullrich, Hansi Voigt, Christoph Weckerle, Daniela Weinmann, Ruedi Widmer, and many others.

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

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Ruedi Widmer

Ruedi Widmer

is responsible for the subject of culture journalism and for the Masters course in »publizieren & vermitteln« at the Zurich University of the Arts. He studied film and philosophy at the University Paris VIII and at the University of Zurich and then worked as journalist and publisher in the areas of film, media, design, art and culture (including for Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Hochparterre, Weltwoche, MAGAZIN, Jahrbuch CINEMA). Most recently he published contributions in newspapers and books on culture journalism in the context of media change, on American drama series, and on the design dimension of journalistic media in Switzerland.

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