Have you seen the new addresses for the 55 Voices video series yet? “Can we build a civilization based on news and hypes?” asks media scholar Bernhard Poerksen after a conversation with former California Governor Jerry Brown. He points to the problem that we respond to threats like climate change, that require long-term thinking, in the mode of short-termism. In light of this malaise, he calls for a new “freedom to withdraw.” Bernhard Poerksen is a professor of media studies at the University of Tübingen and a fellow at the Thomas Mann House Los Angeles. Watch his contribution here. His book Digital Fever: Taming the Big Business of Disinformation is forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan.
The series is presented by the Thomas Mann House in cooperation with Deutschlandfunk, Los Angeles Review of Books and Süddeutsche Zeitung.