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Must Reads 2021

For the first time, we are presenting our top reading recommendations for media makers at MEDIENTAGE. In the Expo and also on the MEDIENTAGE platform, we will present books whose topics move the media world and MEDIENTAGE. For all must-reads, we host author talks that you can follow live on stage at the Expo and on demand at medientage-digital.de.
 

MONDAY, OCTOBER 25 

OHNE RÜCKSICHT AUF VERLUSTE
3:30 pm: Author Talk with Moritz Tschermak

Journalists Mats Schönauer and Moritz Tschermak have been observing and analyzing how BILD works for a decade. As former and current editor-in-chief of the multi-award-winning BILDblog, they tirelessly expose the misdeeds of the tabloid editorial team. They note: "Under the new BILD boss Julian Reichelt, the paper has become even more brutal, even more inhuman, even more populist. [...]

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DU GEHÖRST UNS!
4:20 pm: Author Talk with Prof. Dr. Christian Montag

The bin Internet companies are doing everything they can to sink us as users into the Net. We regularly underestimate how long we spend on online platform and leave behind a myriad of digital footprints that make tech companies rich. Online platforms, like computer games, have done away with any natural end; conversely, our daily lives are becoming increasingly fragmented by permanent digital interruptions.

As a psychologist, Christian Montag discusses the question of which personality traits are associated with problematic or addiction-like user behavior […]

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ZWISCHEN DEN WELTEN
5:15 pm: Author Talk with Natalie Amiri

What do you do when you can't fill up your tank on a research trip in the Iranian mountains because gasoline is scarce due to Western sanctions? Or if you wear pants that are supposedly too short and the punishment is to have to climb into a barrel of black paint? And why did Amiri keep traveling to Iran despite all the warnings? Natalie Amiri grew up in Munich in a German-Iranian family and lived and worked in Tehran for over six years. She is one of the few German journalists who knows Iran in detail and succeeds in classifying the international political events surrounding the Islamic Republic intelligently and precisely. [...]

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 26

ICH HABE NICHTS GEGEN FRAUEN, DU SCHLAMPE!
2:30 pm: Author Talk with Sarah Bosetti

As a woman who participates in public political discourse, Sarah Bosetti receives hate comments on the Internet almost daily. But the radioeins and WDR2 columnist does not hate back, but uses hate as creative raw material and transforms it into its beautiful big sister: love! In this book, she gathers the worst comments, turns them into trenchant, charming love poems - and sets a smart, sharp-tongued and very entertaining example against hate in our society.

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MENSCHLICHKEIT IN ZEITEN DER ANGST
3:30 pm: Author Talk with Julia Leeb

Photojournalist Julia Leeb reports from the most dangerous places in our world. She experiences first-hand how people behave in extreme situations, whether it's the fighting of the Nubians in Sudan, the warlords in the Congo, the war in Libya, the revolution in Egypt or the closed dictatorship in North Korea. In the process, she herself finds herself in mortal danger: when she gets too close to the truth with her research, she is to be killed in cold blood. Another time she is kidnapped to silence her as a witness.

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REBOOT.
5:20 pm: Author Talk With Robert Jacobi

What do you do when you can't fill up your tank on a research trip in the Iranian mountains because gasoline is scarce due to Western sanctions? Or if you wear pants that are supposedly too short and the punishment is to have to climb into a barrel of black paint? And why did Amiri keep traveling to Iran despite all the warnings? Natalie Amiri grew up in Munich in a German-Iranian family and lived and worked in Tehran for over six years. She is one of the few German journalists who knows Iran in detail and succeeds in classifying the international political events surrounding the Islamic Republic intelligently and precisely. [...]

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27

DIE SHITSTORM-REPUBLIK
3:30 pm: Author Talk with Nicole Diekmann

Since the cold-blooded murder of CDU politician Walter Lübcke by a neo-Nazi in the summer of 2019, it has become clear that social networks are extremely dangerous - whether we use them or not. The hate and incitement from there have long since spilled over into our everyday lives. What can we do about it? At the end of 2019, WDR is experiencing a huge shitstorm - because of a rewritten children's song in a satirical radio program (Omagate). Who is behind such campaigns? How are they staged? What goals are they meant to achieve? And what needs to be done so that intimidation and violence no longer stand a chance? In this book, Nicole Diekmann shows how politics and journalism have contributed to the fact that Facebook, Twitter & Co, do hardly anything against the mobs that flood the net with hate. [...]

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DIE MACHT DER PLATTFORMEN
4:00 pm: Author Talk with Michael Seemann

Platforms are more than companies, they are the centers of power of our time. Facebook, Google and Amazon are replacing marketplaces and public spaces, but they decide who is allowed to be there and what rules apply. They can hardly be controlled by states; they act like states themselves. What's more, platforms challenge common concepts of capitalism, property, and democracy. Michael Seemann shows what makes platforms tick, where their power comes from, how to deal with them, and what their future holds.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 28

WHY WE MATTER
2:45 pm: Author Talk with Dr. Emilia Roig

Emilia Roig exposes the patterns of oppression and guides radical solidarity. She shows - also through the history of her own family - how racism and Black Pride, trauma and Ausschwitz, homophobia and queerness, patriarchy and feminism collide.

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GRÜNER WIRD'S NICHT
3:15 pm: Author Talk with Kathrin Hartmann

»The violence inscribed in climate change has never been just a crime against nature, but always against people. Therefore, it is important to look at climate protection not in isolation, not as a 'generational issue' and certainly not as a threatening 'extinction of humanity'. But as a question of global justice, today, here and now. To do that, we need to connect the environmental, social and power issues.«

Kathrin Hartmann, the incorruptible critic of all greenwashing methods, exposes the neuralgic points of the climate protection and species extinction debate in her essay and sketches a perspective on what needs to be done now.

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KURS KLIMAKOLLAPS
3:45 pm: Author Talk with David Goeßmann

Concern about the climate is driving millions onto the streets, and it's no longer just activists like Greta Thunberg, Fridays for Future or Extinction Rebellion. The fact that the climate change policy of the G20 governments is a disaster has now reached everyone, and even the supposedly secure living have understood: Only an energy revolution can save us. David Goeßmann traces the history of global climate policy in great detail and shows, especially in the case of Germany and the Merkel government, how industrialized countries ignore scientific findings and continue to rely on fossil fuels; how the alleged mediation of economy and environmental protection is used to slow down the establishment of renewable energies [...].

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ON DEMAND AUF DER MEDIENTAGE-PLATTFORM

DER FALL JULIAN ASSANGE
Author Talk with Prof. Nils Melzer

In 2010, WikiLeaks published the largest leak in U.S. military history, the Afghan War Diary, including evidence of war crimes and torture. Shortly thereafter, Sweden suspected WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of rape, and a secret U.S. grand jury investigated him for espionage. When Ecuador turns him over to British police after years of embassy asylum, the U.S. immediately demands his extradition and threatens him with 175 years in prison.

Nils Melzer, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, doesn't want to get involved in the case at first. Only when he visits Assange in prison and researches the facts does he see through the states' deception and begins to see the case for what it really is: the story of political persecution. Assange is to be made an example of - as a deterrent to anyone who wants to drag the dirty secrets of the powerful into the light. [...]

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TRUE FACTS
Author Talk with Katharina Nocun

In everyday life, it happens surprisingly often that we are confronted with conspiracy narratives. Whether it's with a friend in the pub lecturing about "secret microchips in vaccinations," a colleague convinced that the "lying press" is manipulating us, or the brother blaming the "pharmaceutical lobby" for all illnesses. Why is it so difficult to intervene at a time like this? And how can we succeed in exposing these statements as conspiracy narratives?

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INFLUENCER
Author Talk with Ole Nymoen and Wolfgang M. Schmitt

People over thirty often don't even know their names, but for younger cohorts they are top stars: influencers. Young adults and even children film themselves putting on makeup, traveling or playing sports, and share their tips with their fans via social media. In the process, they cleverly place product references and earn a living - or even a fortune.

For Ole Nymoen and Wolfgang M. Schmitt, influencers are symptomatic social figures of our time. [...]

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DAS EXPERIMENT SIND WIR
Author Talk with Christian Stöcker

Three of the crucial developments that will shape our future in the 21st century - that of global population, that of climate change, and that of digital hardware - have something in common. They are phenomena of exponential growth and the so-called Great Acceleration. The bad news: We humans have always had a hard time thinking through such developments. The good news: We are an adaptive species...

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