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Marie-Luise Angerer: Short-Circuiting the Masses
Short-Circuiting the Masses
(p. 329 – 336)

Marie-Luise Angerer

Short-Circuiting the Masses

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Marie-Luise Angerer

Marie-Luise Angerer

is professor of Media and Cultural Studies/Gender at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne, where she was Vice-President from 2000 to 2004 and Principal from 2007 to 2009. She also was guest professor in the US, Canada, Australia, Berlin, Bochum, Budapest, Ljubljana, and Zurich and has extensively published about the body, the construction of gender identities in communication and media and new discourses on post-human life and future visions. Currently, she is working on new materialism, media technologies, and affect, knowledge forms and aesthetic production.

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Inge Baxmann (ed.), Timon Beyes (ed.), ...: Social Media—New Masses

Mass gatherings and the positive or negative phantasms of the masses instigate various discourses and practices of social control, communication, and community formation. Yet the masses are not what they once were. In light of the algorithmic analysis of mass data, the diagnosis of dispersed public spheres in the age of digital media, and new conceptions of the masses such as swarms, flash mobs, and multitudes, the emergence, functions, and effects of today’s digital masses need to be examined and discussed anew. They provide us, moreover, with an opportunity to reevaluate the cultural and medial historiography of the masses. The present volume outlines the contours of this new field of research and brings together a collection of studies that analyze the differences between the new and former masses, their distinct media-technical conditions, and the political consequences of current mass phenomena.