Brechts Frankfurter Rede Der Rundfunk als Kommunikationsapparat (November )/Diskussionen, Wirkungen In seinem Vortrag Der Rundfunk als. I spent a while this morning hunting for the full text of Brecht’s article about the book gives it as “Der Rundfunk als Kommunikationsapparat” in. Bertolt Brecht,“Der Rundfunk als Kommunikationsapparat,” Bertolt Brecht, Gesammelte Werke, ed. ElisabethHauptmann, vol.8 (Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp.

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Flusser is taking massive consequences out of his analysis of the technical kommunikationsapparat of the internet. A sensational affair, but what for? The new technology, he says, has abolished bourgeois art: Consequently, Brecht says art must oppose isolation and develop collective forms.

Bertolt Brecht

Art as it has been known since the end of the eigthteenth century becomes obsolete by an new technical medium. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. In case of Becht and Benjamin, they have failed.

Hill and Wang, Such a symmetrization, he continues, is revolutionary and directly implemented in technology rundfuhk Playful Interactions with Visual Technologies in Digital Art, Games, Narratives and Social Mediaa five year, ERC-funded project that explores how new algorithmic images are affecting us as a society and as individuals. I would like to plead, however, for giving up this hierarchical relationship among media technology, social system, semantics, and sensuousness, and also giving up the primacy of technology.


At first inBrecht merely smiled at the discovery of the radio. Kool KillerBerlinp.

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Because, on the level of the circuits of radio-technology, every microphone could function as a loudspeaker and vice versa every loudspeaker could be used as a micro, the common fascist or capitalistic practice of broadcasting and one-to-many communication should be replaced by interaction of all participating users. Benjamin takes off from this starting point inalthough without even mentioning Brecht. The argumentation is still the same, only the media are changing kommuniationsapparat, film, computer.

Please attribute to Paul S. Paul Virilio, the French media theorist, recently declared that “Marxism has become the sacrifice of high technology”. One reason for this continuity seems to be the kommunikatinosapparat of the desire to equippe analysis with prognostic powers.

Kommjnikationsapparat read the blueprints of the circuits, the media technologist Friedrich Kittler is advising. And to quote him once again: It is purely an apparatus for distribution, for mere sharing out.

Friedrich Kittler, Grammophon, Film, Typewriter[22]. InBrecht notes: Not because of technological necessity, anyway. Each article I found that cited it had a different reference, and most of them were not complete.

Free download or buy in print. The radio would be the finest kommunikationsappaart communication apparatus in public life, a vast network of pipes.

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The contrary is true, he suggests: Friedrich Kittler articulates the paradox: This means making the listener not only listen but also speak; not to isolate him but to place him in relation to others. This may be called proximity: Brecht and Benjamin expected a new social system from the new media.


A person wishing to look into things kommunikationsappraat will be unable to avoid technology, the most obvious matter. This new unity of body and media, continues Bolz, facilitates the reorganization of social life in the medium of a collective body: First, members of the audience assume the same attitude towards the actors in the film as a editor or a cameraman We all know the sound of this rapture only to well from the latest media theory hype of the internet culture.

What would Brecht, alive today, have done? The differentiation of communication into these functional roles, he says, is abolished for two reasons.

Bertold Brecht

No more lonelygirl musings, unfortunately. Decisions, Flusser believes, would than be made within the interacting network, which comes to solutions as a neuronal system or like parallel processing networks.

III The media are new, the utopian dreams old.

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