Archiv für September 2008

The mixer

This week we just can’t ignore the most dis­cus­sed new ger­man twit­ter user: It’s the Secretary-​General of the ger­man party SPD, Huber­tus Heil. He used twit­ter during his visit in the United Sta­tes, where he atten­ded the Obama show in Den­ver. There are quite inte­res­ting nega­tive and posi­tive reac­tions to this new hobby of Mr. Heil. You can find these reac­tions in twit­ter and in an arti­cle of the ger­man life­style maga­zine
Der Spie­gel.

It’s a cor­rect esti­ma­tion to say that some­ti­mes you’ll be cri­ti­ci­zed imme­dia­tely if you do some­thing for get­ting publi­city. You can see the arti­cle in Der Spie­gel quite easy­ily as that of kind of cri­ti­cism. But not every cri­ti­cism that comes up quickly is intrin­si­cally wrong.

We don’t mind politi­ci­ans doing things that nor­mal citi­zens do as well. We do mind if they’re just pre­ten­ding to do so. It’s one cha­rac­te­ris­tic of the politi­cal stra­tegy of Obama, Heil’s idol and rea­son to come to Den­ver, to make clear he’s not that kind of faker. Believe it or not. In Ame­rica the media don’t believe that com­ple­tely and the­re­for they’re tal­king about play­ing cards.

One thing that is crys­tal clear is that Heil’s sho­w­ing up on twit­ter was plan­ned as a part of his politi­cal actions. You can see that in one of the dele­ted tweets of his account:

Most irri­ta­ting this plan did not result in pre­sen­ting any own politi­cal idea. It also sounds like this whole action wasn’t his own idea. And though twit­ter is much about pre­ten­ding and the idea that there is no non­con­for­mity of tweets, because these belong to the sub­jec­tive man­ner to describe rea­lity, Heil is defi­ni­tely a can­di­date for TMI to us.

This is so because Heil con­ti­nuously mixes pri­vate, jour­na­li­s­tic and polit­cal stuff in his tweets. It’s not clear if he wants to be on twit­ter as a pri­vate man, a politi­cian or a jour­na­list. Actually there are enough jour­na­lists and Heil’s pri­vate life does not attract many people.

In this week’s tweet this mixing is inherent:

Heil tells us that the mem­bers of the ger­man Bun­des­tag Rolf Müt­zenich and Niels Annen bought a skate­board and shoes during their visit and that they now can get back to work all toge­ther.

Is this a politi­cal infor­ma­tion or a pri­vate one? We do think it deals with pri­vate mat­ters of Müt­zenich and Annen. And for sure there will be jour­na­lists to see this in a politi­cal con­text. Anyhow, Heil does not make clear what rele­vance his tweets have and how they should be seen as.

Per­haps we should read Heil’s state­ments as the fol­lo­wing tweet should be read, where he tells us how Obama should call his wife:

Bull­s­hit. [1]

So finally it turns out that the twit­ter ques­tion to Mr. Heil has to be posed more exactly: “What the fuck are you doing?”


[1] fol­lo­wing Harry Frank­furt On bull­s­hit, Prin­ce­ton Uni­ver­sity Press, 2005

Der japanische Zettelknicker

Es gibt der­zeit einen japanisch-​amerikanischen Insi­der. Die Ame­ri­ka­ner ver­ste­hen nicht die Inten­tion die­ses klei­nen, japa­ni­schen Video­clips, fin­den ihn aber lus­tig, was den gan­zen Insi­der nun auch schon aus­macht. Hier mal das Ori­gi­nal:

Was will uns die­ser Japa­ner sagen? Ich würde ja eine neue Oscar-​Kategorie vor­schla­gen. Der Oscar für die ein­dring­lichste neue Kör­per­hal­tungs­aus­drucks­geste geht an.….

The schemer

This week’s tweet is not much about fun. It’s in a way just a state­ment. IKEA paid a guy to stay in a room where he’s being fil­med all day. This was pos­ted in quiet a few blogs alre­ady. And as Nils now turns out to be one of the top ger­man twit­ter users regar­ding coun­ted fol­lo­wers we had a short look at him.

You know, in the old days action artists did some­thing spe­cial. Some­ti­mes that was dis­tur­bing. And that kind of dis­tur­bance was the essence of their art.
The art of this guy is just to sit and wait. But not in the Sid­ney Young­blood man­ner. He’s just waiting in a room for the new IKEA cata­lo­gue com­ing out in Sep­tem­ber and that’s all he does in August. And as the time runs out in August he tells us:

In the moment when he could really do some­thing spe­cial, a thing he could have pre­pa­red him­s­elf for the last couple of weeks, he is not able to pre­sent it in a way that does not leave ever­yone bored behind: “I hope the post­man brings the new IKEA cata­louge. I’m really loo­king for­ward for try­ing out my new life.”

Boy, IKEA stuff is not for life. It’s for not spen­ding much money. If that is a top­per of your old life and the star­ting point of your new, we’ve really got no clue how simple you are.

If this pro­ject was just a little bit more intel­li­gent maybe you could see some irony in it. For sure there are some guys in twit­ter, that sit before their com­pu­ter the whole day. Seen that way this pro­ject could be a mir­ror to them. But how numb is it to say the solu­tion to that pro­blem was shop­ping?

This whole thing is an old idea with no new ele­ments and it deals only with mini­ma­lism. A mini­ma­lism that is sup­po­sed to be spe­cial due to not ful­fil­ling expec­ta­ti­ons. Dear IKEA and Nils: We had none. And that’s going to be the essen­tial thing con­nec­ted to you.

The clever doggie

If people on twit­ter don’t talk about them­sel­ves or their pro­blems, they talk about news, tv, films, other people or ani­mals. If they talk about ani­mals, quite often they talk about their pets. And if they talk about pets then they talk about things they did wrong. You can hardly ever read a descrip­tion of a really right­ful done action of a pet. Or maybe that’s just my per­cep­tion. It just seems not to be too inte­res­ting to talk about that.

If twit­ter users do not talk about their pets, but about ani­mals, it’s about ani­mals in their envi­ron­ment not belonging to them. Brittt is one of them. It does not slip her atten­tion what and how ani­mals act that are near to her. So she wri­tes:

The first thing I thought is some­thing, I sup­pose none of you thought. I thought: What a cle­ver dog­gie. He comes into the room, reco­gni­zes that the win­dow is open, jumps upon the win­dow­sill and does his busi­ness out­s­ide for not soi­ling the room. Good boy!

Too sad a second later I thought that wasn’t Brittt’s story. She in a way wan­ted to tell that a dog was shit­ting out­s­ide her house and that she could watch him doing his busi­ness. And the open win­dow seems to be a link to me that she even smel­led that hap­pe­ning through her open win­dow.

I don’t wanna care. I think my story is much more com­pel­ling.

The nothing

Ladies and Gents, this week’s tweet is THE tweet.

It’s the ulti­mate tweet.

It con­ta­ins basics any twit­ter user uses. And it’s more. It’s art.
What kind of art it is, is what we need to find out.

So here’s what the tweet of the week is all about. Doomsham­mer says? Wri­tes? Shows? This:

This is more than just a tweet. This is more than just play­ing a tiny tech­ni­cal game. This is a theo­re­ti­cal and prac­tical expres­sion of the not­hing:

On the one hand you don’t find a sin­gle viewa­ble sign to iden­tify.
On the other hand and as a result of the for­mer you don’t find any abs­tract infor­ma­tion wit­hin this tweet apart from the author’s name, the soft­ware he uses, the star and the time the tweet was made. If you want to talk about this tweet you are urged to refer to not­hing­ness.

It was Mar­tin Hei­deg­ger clai­ming the not­hing noths (“Das Nichts nich­tet.”). You can object against Hei­deg­ger that his hardly under­stan­da­ble usage of turning nouns into verbs is not a pos­si­ble way to iden­tify truth. But this objec­tion could fail due to just revea­ling yours­elf as being pighea­ded. The mis­take of defi­ning how to iden­tify truth could lie in your own assump­ti­ons. But without try­ing to glo­rify Hei­deg­ger we have to state that Doomsham­mer shows there’s still some­thing after the not­hing has left.

Leave is defi­ned by Hei­deg­ger with the fol­lo­wing:

This is in eng­lish: “Leave is the absen­ted arri­val of the hiding of keeping the pro­gress in the begin­ning.” So Doomsham­mers’ expres­sion is both the absence of any tweet con­tent and the begin­ning of any tweet.

So do not let Doomsham­mer fool you by lin­king to his own tweet as a tweet of emp­ti­ness:

You might still want to say, we’re mis­sing the point. We’re over-​interpreting the whole tweet. We don’t have any inte­res­ting TMIs left and are urged to lift this up to one. Doomshammer’s just a nerd having fun with his iPhone.

So if that would be right our text would be TMI. If not we would have pro­ven the incredi­ble kind of art of this tweet.

We actually think we can prove our the­sis.

We can’t do this theo­re­ti­cally but wit­hin prac­tise, wit­hin one of the artist’s tweet. Take a look at what Doomsham­mer threw like an unsa­tis­fy­ing pain­ting into the trash bin just a second before revea­ling his mas­ter­piece:

The masturbation smiley

This week’s tweet is one you could have sus­pec­ted as that kind of type this pro­ject would have star­ted with. Tal­king about infor­ma­tion that is just too much on twit­ter is mostly infor­ma­tion about sexual hab­its.
This is one of them and one that is quite com­pro­mi­sed:

The sim­pli­city of the mes­sage turns out to rise a lot of ques­ti­ons:

Does Tony really do that what he claims to do or is he just kid­ding? Is that an infor­ma­tion he really wants to share with others? What kind of pro­fit would someone else have with this infor­ma­tion? Is there no one wit­hin Tony’s world that feels uncom­for­ta­ble with his?

Tony doesn’t seem to bother about those ques­ti­ons. He even seems to be a rather rela­xing guy having the time to post a tweet while com­ing into action. But why is he adding a smi­ley to his post? Does he think: Well, you hadn’t expect I would really write this, he? Is he thin­king adding a smi­ley makes an action cool? Is the same con­tent bet­ter without a refe­rence to smi­ling (besi­des on the ava­tar) ?

Well, think about that. Or rather don’t :).

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