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The mixer

This week we just can’t ignore the most dis­cussed new ger­man twit­ter user: It’s the Sec­re­tary-Gen­er­al of the ger­man par­ty SPD, Huber­tus Heil. He used twit­ter dur­ing his vis­it in the Unit­ed States, where he attend­ed the Oba­ma show in Den­ver. There are quite inter­est­ing neg­a­tive and pos­i­tive reac­tions to this new hob­by of Mr. Heil. You can find the­se reac­tions in twit­ter and in an arti­cle of the ger­man lifestyle mag­a­zine
Der Spiegel.

It’s a cor­rect esti­ma­tion to say that some­times you’ll be crit­i­cized imme­di­ate­ly if you do some­thing for get­ting pub­lic­i­ty. You can see the arti­cle in Der Spiegel quite easy­i­ly as that of kind of crit­i­cism. But not every crit­i­cism that comes up quick­ly is intrin­si­cal­ly wrong.

We don’t mind politi­cians doing things that nor­mal cit­i­zens do as well. We do mind if they’re just pre­tend­ing to do so. It’s one char­ac­ter­is­tic of the polit­i­cal strat­e­gy of Oba­ma, Heil’s idol and rea­son to come to Den­ver, to make clear he’s not that kind of fak­er. Believe it or not. In Amer­i­ca the media don’t believe that com­plete­ly and there­for they’re talk­ing about play­ing cards.

One thing that is crys­tal clear is that Heil’s show­ing up on twit­ter was planned as a part of his polit­i­cal actions. You can see that in one of the delet­ed tweets of his account:

Most irri­tat­ing this plan did not result in pre­sent­ing any own polit­i­cal idea. It also sounds like this whole action wasn’t his own idea. And though twit­ter is much about pre­tend­ing and the idea that there is no non­con­for­mi­ty of tweets, because the­se belong to the sub­jec­tive man­ner to describe real­i­ty, Heil is def­i­nite­ly a can­di­date for TMI to us.

This is so because Heil con­tin­u­ous­ly mix­es pri­vate, jour­nal­is­tic and polit­cal stuff in his tweets. It’s not clear if he wants to be on twit­ter as a pri­vate man, a politi­cian or a jour­nal­ist. Actu­al­ly there are enough jour­nal­ists and Heil’s pri­vate life does not attract many peo­ple.

In this week’s tweet this mix­ing is inher­ent:

Heil tells us that the mem­bers of the ger­man Bun­destag Rolf Mützenich and Niels Annen bought a skate­board and shoes dur­ing their vis­it and that they now can get back to work all togeth­er.

Is this a polit­i­cal infor­ma­tion or a pri­vate one? We do think it deals with pri­vate mat­ters of Mützenich and Annen. And for sure there will be jour­nal­ists to see this in a polit­i­cal con­text. Any­how, Heil does not make clear what rel­e­vance his tweets have and how they should be seen as.

Per­haps we should read Heil’s state­ments as the fol­low­ing tweet should be read, where he tells us how Oba­ma should call his wife:

Bull­shit. [1]

So final­ly it turns out that the twit­ter ques­tion to Mr. Heil has to be posed more exact­ly: “What the fuck are you doing?”


[1] fol­low­ing Har­ry Frank­furt On bull­shit, Prince­ton Uni­ver­si­ty Press, 2005

Der japanische Zettelknicker

Es gibt derzeit einen japanis­ch-amerikanis­chen Insid­er. Die Amerikan­er ver­ste­hen nicht die Inten­tion dieses kleinen, japanis­chen Video­clips, find­en ihn aber lustig, was den ganzen Insid­er nun auch schon aus­macht. Hier mal das Orig­i­nal:

Was will uns dieser Japan­er sagen? Ich würde ja eine neue Oscar-Kat­e­gorie vorschla­gen. Der Oscar für die ein­dringlich­ste neue Kör­per­hal­tungsaus­drucks­geste geht an.….

The schemer

This week’s tweet is not much about fun. It’s in a way just a state­ment. IKEA paid a guy to stay in a room where he’s being filmed all day. This was post­ed in qui­et a few blogs already. And as Nils now turns out to be one of the top ger­man twit­ter users regard­ing count­ed fol­low­ers we had a short look at him.

You know, in the old days action artists did some­thing spe­cial. Some­times that was dis­turbing. And that kind of dis­tur­bance was the essence of their art.
The art of this guy is just to sit and wait. But not in the Sid­ney Young­blood man­ner. He’s just wait­ing in a room for the new IKEA cat­a­logue com­ing out in Sep­tem­ber and that’s all he does in August. And as the time runs out in August he tells us:

In the moment when he could real­ly do some­thing spe­cial, a thing he could have pre­pared him­self for the last cou­ple of weeks, he is not able to present it in a way that does not leave every­one bored behind: “I hope the post­man brings the new IKEA cat­alouge. I’m real­ly look­ing for­ward for try­ing out my new life.”

Boy, IKEA stuff is not for life. It’s for not spend­ing much mon­ey. If that is a top­per of your old life and the start­ing point of your new, we’ve real­ly got no clue how sim­ple you are.

If this project was just a lit­tle bit more intel­li­gent may­be you could see some irony in it. For sure there are some guys in twit­ter, that sit before their com­put­er the whole day. Seen that way this project could be a mir­ror to them. But how numb is it to say the solu­tion to that prob­lem was shop­ping?

This whole thing is an old idea with no new ele­ments and it deals only with min­i­mal­ism. A min­i­mal­ism that is sup­posed to be spe­cial due to not ful­fill­ing expec­ta­tions. Dear IKEA and Nils: We had none. And that’s going to be the essen­tial thing con­nect­ed to you.

The clever doggie

If peo­ple on twit­ter don’t talk about them­selves or their prob­lems, they talk about news, tv, films, oth­er peo­ple or ani­mals. If they talk about ani­mals, quite often they talk about their pets. And if they talk about pets then they talk about things they did wrong. You can hard­ly ever read a descrip­tion of a real­ly right­ful done action of a pet. Or may­be that’s just my per­cep­tion. It just seems not to be too inter­est­ing to talk about that.

If twit­ter users do not talk about their pets, but about ani­mals, it’s about ani­mals in their envi­ron­ment not belong­ing to them. Brittt is one of them. It does not slip her atten­tion what and how ani­mals act that are near to her. So she writes:

The first thing I thought is some­thing, I sup­pose none of you thought. I thought: What a clev­er dog­gie. He comes into the room, rec­og­nizes that the win­dow is open, jumps upon the win­dowsill and does his busi­ness out­side for not soil­ing the room. Good boy!

Too sad a sec­ond lat­er I thought that wasn’t Brittt’s sto­ry. She in a way want­ed to tell that a dog was shit­ting out­side her house and that she could watch him doing his busi­ness. And the open win­dow seems to be a link to me that she even smelled that hap­pen­ing through her open win­dow.

I don’t wan­na care. I think my sto­ry is much more com­pelling.

The nothing

Ladies and Gents, this week’s tweet is THE tweet.

It’s the ulti­mate tweet.

It con­tains basics any twit­ter user uses. And it’s more. It’s art.
What kind of art it is, is what we need to find out.

So here’s what the tweet of the week is all about. Doomsham­mer says? Writes? Shows? This:

This is more than just a tweet. This is more than just play­ing a tiny tech­ni­cal game. This is a the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal expres­sion of the noth­ing:

On the one hand you don’t find a sin­gle view­able sign to iden­ti­fy.
On the oth­er hand and as a result of the for­mer you don’t find any abstract infor­ma­tion with­in this tweet apart from the author’s name, the soft­ware he uses, the star and the time the tweet was made. If you want to talk about this tweet you are urged to refer to noth­ing­ness.

It was Mar­t­in Hei­deg­ger claim­ing the noth­ing noths (“Das Nichts nichtet.”). You can object again­st Hei­deg­ger that his hard­ly under­stand­able usage of turn­ing nouns into verbs is not a pos­si­ble way to iden­ti­fy truth. But this objec­tion could fail due to just reveal­ing your­self as being pig­head­ed. The mis­take of defin­ing how to iden­ti­fy truth could lie in your own assump­tions. But with­out try­ing to glo­ri­fy Hei­deg­ger we have to state that Doomsham­mer shows there’s still some­thing after the noth­ing has left.

Leave is defined by Hei­deg­ger with the fol­low­ing:

This is in eng­lish: “Leave is the absent­ed arrival of the hid­ing of keep­ing the pro­gress in the begin­ning.” So Doomsham­mers’ expres­sion is both the absence of any tweet con­tent and the begin­ning of any tweet.

So do not let Doomsham­mer fool you by link­ing to his own tweet as a tweet of empti­ness:

You might still want to say, we’re miss­ing the point. We’re over-inter­pret­ing the whole tweet. We don’t have any inter­est­ing TMIs left and are urged to lift this up to one. Doomshammer’s just a nerd hav­ing fun with his iPhone.

So if that would be right our text would be TMI. If not we would have proven the incred­i­ble kind of art of this tweet.

We actu­al­ly think we can prove our the­sis.

We can’t do this the­o­ret­i­cal­ly but with­in prac­tise, with­in one of the artist’s tweet. Take a look at what Doomsham­mer threw like an unsat­is­fy­ing paint­ing into the trash bin just a sec­ond before reveal­ing his mas­ter­piece:

The masturbation smiley

This week’s tweet is one you could have sus­pect­ed as that kind of type this project would have start­ed with. Talk­ing about infor­ma­tion that is just too much on twit­ter is most­ly infor­ma­tion about sex­u­al habits.
This is one of them and one that is quite com­pro­mised:

The sim­plic­i­ty of the mes­sage turns out to rise a lot of ques­tions:

Does Tony real­ly do that what he claims to do or is he just kid­ding? Is that an infor­ma­tion he real­ly wants to share with oth­ers? What kind of prof­it would some­one else have with this infor­ma­tion? Is there no one with­in Tony’s world that feels uncom­fort­able with his?

Tony doesn’t seem to both­er about those ques­tions. He even seems to be a rather relax­ing guy hav­ing the time to post a tweet while com­ing into action. But why is he adding a smi­ley to his post? Does he think: Well, you hadn’t expect I would real­ly write this, he? Is he think­ing adding a smi­ley makes an action cool? Is the same con­tent bet­ter with­out a ref­er­ence to smil­ing (besides on the avatar) ?

Well, think about that. Or rather don’t :).

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