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In La società trasparente (1989), Vattimo places the “relative chaos” of the mass media at the heart of his understanding of postmodernity as an epoch of the weakening of being. The consequent decline of strong foundations for political author- ity was part of Vattimo’s emancipatory reading of the media. In the second edition of the book (2000) he claims that such postmodern emancipation is limited by a lack of conflictuality in the aesthetic ideals promoted by the free market. In this article, I ask how Vattimo’s media philosophy anticipates elements of his more recent political philosophy. Reading Vattimo against Heidegger and Byung-Chul Han, I conclude that his insistence on the nihilistic origins of hermeneutics may offer a way of criticizing the lacking conflictuality in current digital media in a fashion that does not desire a return to ultimate truth claims.

Published in Philosophy Today, Volume 60, Issue 3, Summer 2016

wordcloud(2)The latest issue of Media and Communication on peacebuilding in the age of new media is out. Edited by Vladimir Bratić, the issue explores the innovative use of new media technologies in peacebuilding both from a theoretical and applied angle. In my own contribution, Elicitive Conflict Transformation and New Media: In Search for a Common Ground  I examine elicitive conflict transformation, a communication-based model of conflict management advocated by writers such as John Paul Lederach and Wolfgang Dietrich, and its relationship to communication media from a media-theoretical perspective. You can access this edition of Media and Communication here. 

An interview conducted by German artist and cyberfeminist Cornila Sollfrank during the transmediale workshop at Liverpool John Moores University has appeared in the APRJA issue Excessive Research. We talk about the notion of excess, its significance in the work of Bataille, and its role in conceptualizing sharing.

09_ALB_Tisch-2015_900x600Aarhus University’s Digital Aesthetics Research Center has published the latest issue of APRJA, which contains my article “Being with one another: towards a media phenomenology of sharing.” In the article, I examine sharing as a everyday and mediated phenomenon and ask what kind of understanding underlies sharing as practiced on social media. APRJA issue 5.1 Excessive Research was presented by Geoff cox and Christian Ulrik Anderson at the 2016 Transmediale (Berlin, German). Image above by Tessa Zettel.

“The rise of ‘sharing in communication and media studies,” by Nicholas A. John (Hebrew University, Israel) and myself is available online now at the digital version of Information, Communication, and Society. Full Special Issue on Sharing will follow early 2016.




The Goethe Institute’s Kultursymposium Weimar will be a major event of which I expect a shift in our research about sharing. Thanks to Andreas Ströhl and his fellow workers for preparing this exciting event, and for inviting me to speak.

Sharing and exchange are basic human cultural practices. They play as big a role in poor countries as in affluent societies. But when do I share – and with whom? What social and cultural developments emerge from the various forms and manifestations of sharing and exchange? What is the meaning of trust in times of couch surfing and car sharing?