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Jörg Scheller: Civilization and the Global Public Sphere
Civilization and the Global Public Sphere
(p. 123 – 136)

Jörg Scheller

Civilization and the Global Public Sphere

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

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Jörg Scheller

is an art historian, journalist, musician, and lecturer at the Zurich University of the Arts. He studied Art History, Philosophy, Media Art, and English Literature. In 2013 he curated the Salon Suisse at the Biennial in Venice. As singer and bass player of the metal duo Malmzeit he runs a heavy metal delivery service since 2003.

Other texts by Jörg Scheller 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.