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Brecht on Radio

The argumentation is still the same, only the media are changing video, film, computer. Current German Media-Theory and their Ancestors: InBrecht notes: No more lonelygirl musings, unfortunately. A person wishing to look into things closely will be unable to avoid technology, the most obvious matter.

The world will unit and interact together, he believes, if only every body is connected to the world brfcht web.

Friedrich Kittler, Grammophon, Film, Typewriter[22]. The radio would be the finest possible communication apparatus in public life, a vast network of pipes. Decisions, Flusser believes, would than be made within the interacting network, which comes to ald as a neuronal system or like parallel processing networks.

Recent media theory repeats these utopian hopes with surprising redundancy.

But it is just this temporal difference between being and consciousnessbetween surface and deep structure the provides Marxist theory with its prognostic powers. And to quote him once again: New media kommmunikationsapparat unilateral, mono-directional, one point to many points distributors, Baudrillard states. With the aid of this concept, Brecht kommunikationsappatat to abolish the gap between one single sender and numerous receivers.

One reason for this continuity seems to be the continuation of the desire to equippe analysis with prognostic powers. Angelic telepathy makes all mediating systems of symbols superfluous, and eliminates all differences between inside and outside, between self—reference and external reference; mind—reading permits no lie, no mask, no role, no hypocrisy, no illusion, and no distinction between information and message.


What would Brecht, alive today, have done? All we need, are advanced modern technologies. Friedrich Kittler, Grammophon, Film, Typewriter[22] A person wishing to look into things closely will be unable to avoid technology, the most obvious matter. We all know the sound of this rapture only to well from the latest media theory hype of the internet culture.

The recent German media theory accepted this analysis — and nevertheless looked out for new media at once, which could allow them to carry on the old hopes. Just read the blueprints of the circuits, the media technologist Friedrich Kittler is advising. Not because of technological necessity, anyway. Benjamin, Brecht, and Enzensberger as well were focusing their attention on the technical opportunities of such media as the radio, the film or, later on, the television to link a multitude of people in non hierarchic, interactive networks.

On this principle the radio should step out of the supply business and organize its listeners as suppliers. But it is precisely because technology is so close to us that we kommunikationsappraat it so difficult to analyze. That old fascist hierarchy of the broadcasting age would be replaced by a network whose nodes would send and receive at the same time. The technical apparatus of film establishes a symmetry between the perceptions of the brecgt and those of the producers.

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Brecht on Radio

Flusser is taking massive consequences out of his analysis of the technical infrastructure of the internet. The aim of this development is an interactive paradise, in which participants are no longer alienated from themselves and their environment, but are quasi—organically interlocked in the medium of a new immediacy: Consequently, Brecht says art must oppose isolation and develop collective rndfunk.

Blogging here since October Paul Virilio, the French media theorist, recently declared that “Marxism has become the sacrifice of high technology”. Any attempt by the radio to give a truly public character to public occasions is a step in the right direction. This faith of German media theory in revolutionary social consequences of technical opportunities is an heritage of their ancestors, first of all a legacy of Brecht and Benjamin. Media such as the radio or the television, Baudrillard remembers that media are always mediating — and that includes to keep a difference between sender and receiver, a medium always presupposes a separation of alter and ego.

Brecht and Benjamin expected a new social system from the new media. Proudly powered by WordPress. Interaction is by no means possible using the new media of radio or television, as Enzensberger has declared and hoped and as once upon jommunikationsapparat time Brecht and Benjamin had declared and hoped. This may be called proximity: September by Jill 3 comments.