Ego Updates: The internet and the asymmetry in us and outside of us

Date 22. Februar 2014
Start 18:00 Uhr
End 18:50 Uhr
Event Lecture
Place Side stage
With Miriam Meckel (media scientist, University of St. Gallen) and Chris Köver (moderation)

On the internet, people are finally themselves. But the web’s new openness and transparency only shows the surface while the important mechanisms of our lives are becoming less visible and manoeuvrable for many. Individuality and tenacity are falling by the wayside. Are our egos becoming an application of techno-modernisation? Or a commodity? If invisible changes in our lives are not made visible, the revolution of our selves will take place without us.

Presenter: Chris Köver

© Claude Stahel
© Claude Stahel

Miriam Meckel was born in 1967 and studied journalism, communication studies, Sinology, political studies and law in Münster and Taipei. After finishing her studies, she went over to television where she worked as a reporter, presenter and journalist before being appointed as a professor at the University of Münster. After a brief spell in politics as a government speaker and state secretary (Europe, International Matters and Media) for the Minister President of the Land NRW, she returned to academia in 2005. She is now Director of the Institute for Media and Communication Management at the University of St. Gallen and professor for Corporate Communication.

Miriam Meckel is a Faculty Associate at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University and a visiting professor at the Management University, Singapore. She has written several books on the subject of the internet and communications management and also regularly publishes journalistic articles. Her book “NEXT – Erinnerungen an eine Zukunft ohne uns” (NEXT – Memories of a future without us) was published by Rowohlt in 2011. In autumn 2013 her essay “Wir verschwinden – der Mensch im digitalen Zeitalter” (We are disappearing – people in the digital era) was published by Kein & Aber, Zurich.
Twitter: @mmeckel