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Pimmel oder Partei?

Der Wahlkampfauftakt der SPD am Montag in Hannover hat mir einige Besucher über Google-Suche beschert: “Scharfschützen SPD Hannover, Scharfschützen Opernplatz, Scharfschützen Opernhaus Hannover” und weitere Variationen. Das sagt meine WordPress-Statistik.

Was Sicherheit anbelangt muss man ja kein Puritaner sein, denn es war ja u.a. Außenminister, Finanzminister, Ex-Kanzler, die Gesundheitministerin, SPD-Chef u.a. da. Ja, da will ich garnicht schelten, und diese Sicherheitsmaßnahmen hat sich die SPD ja nicht alleine ausgesucht.

Was mich aber stört, war dieser Orchestergrabenähnliche-Bereich vor der Bühne, gefüllt mit Zott-Steinmeier-Logo-Winker, SPD hipphepphurra! usw., zu dem Spontanbesucher keinen Zugang hatten. Da fühlt sich das SPD-Mitglied ausgegrent und denkt über Gleichheitsgrundsätze nach, und erzwungener Wahlkampfinszenierung.

Öffentlicher Platz muss öffentlicher Platz sein und bleiben. Für sozialdemokratische Parteien sollte das mal 1000 potenziert gelten. Große Plätze kann die Stadt ja vermieten und der Mieter übt dann das Hausrecht aus. Wenn das Brüno am Brandenburger Tor mit Pimmelkostüm macht, dafür Berlin Geld gibt, ist mir das alles politisch völlig egal (Wie geschehen, um Werbung für den Cohen Film zu machen).

Aber welche politische Botschaft sendet eine sozialdemokratische Partei aus, wenn eine selbstgerechte SPD-Organisatorin einfach ein Satiremagazin vom Platz schmeißt? …wie vorgestern in Kiel geschehen:

(Danke für Video, RT@Nerotunes)

Die Jusos können gut damit umgehen, scherzen herum. Der Hausrechtsausübende-Kleingeist der dann kommt denkt wohl, aha Bruderkuss, Steinmeier mit Lafontaine, pfui-bah, Linkewohlnwanich. Also runter von dem Platz, Polizei zur Hilfe!

Diese Sache, plus meinen Erlebnissen am Montag, wo Jusos versucht haben, einen “Internetaktivisten” (nenne ich mal so, ausdrücklich war er kein Piraten-Partei-Mitglieder!) von der Stelle zu vertreiben, zwingen mich zu der Frage, inwiefern ich mich als Mitglied mit der SPD identifizieren kann.

Wenn schon auf kleiner Ebene so geheuchelt wird, wie kann es dann auf großer Ebene klappen?

Die provokante Überschrift heißt übrigens nur so, damit dieser Blog neben der Google-Suche “Scharfschütze SPD” auch unter “Pimmel Partei” gefunden wird. Da fällt mir der präpubertäre Kinderwitz ein “Bist du Mit-Glied?” Nicht nur das, ich bin SPD-Mitglied.

Danke für die Logo-Sammlung an http://butschinsky.wordpress.com

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September 3, 2009 at 11:58 pm Leave a comment

Randbeobachtungen: SPD-Wahlkampfauftakt in Hannover

Manchmal muss man sich die Politik ganz klassisch geben. In Athen war das vor 2000-und-ein-paar-zwerquetschten-Jahren auf der Agora, dem attischen Marktplatz. Heute war das hier in Hannover, auf dem Opernplatz.

Politik fernab der Fernseher und der Elefantenrunden. Unmoderiert und frontal. Mit dieser Neugier ging ich also an die Oper, um Müntefering und Steinmeier reden zu hören. 5.000 bis 8.000 andere Leute dachten so ähnlich. Web 0.0 ist im Trend!

Wo sich sonst Emos, Punks und manchmal Openbesucher tummeln, war also eine große Bühne aufgebaut. Auf dem Opernbalkon waren drei Scharfschützen und Polizisten mit Fernrohren. Neben Münte, war auch noch der zweite von den Stones anwesend: Stein-brück. Außerdem Gerhard Schröder mit Frau. Und ein paar vom “Kompetenzteam” — ich meine Manuela…die immer als jung und unverbraucht bezeichnet wird. Tatsächlich, diese Kernkompetenz hat sie!

Wichtige Menschen, die ich auf einem der drei Projektionswände reden hören darf. Und grund genug, dass maskierte Scharfschützen ihre Gewehre auf die Menge richteten.

Der Politikerkopf wurde auf der Enternung also recht klein, da der Orchestergraben ein näheres Herantreten an die Bühne verbat. Im Orchestergraben saßen also Schröder und andere Special Guests, und natürlich auch die sicherlich überzeugten Schilderwinker der Jusos.

Ich war naiv anzunehmen, dass dort eine Bühne steht, und das schnöde Volk sich dort sammelt. Nein: Presseeingänge und Ehrengäste. Abstand zum Volk blieb also gewahrt. Zusätzlich standen an der Seite des Orchestergrabens also Übertragungswagen, die den Blick auf die Bühne beschränkten. Irgendwo fand ich meinen Platz dann in der Nähe eines solchen Eingangs, wo gerade ein Juso mit Flagge hinter einem Internetaktivisten stand.

Wie also zu 75% meiner Zeit begnügte ich mich mit dem Blick auf einen Bildschirm. Spannender war, was so drumherum geschah: Zwei Jusos im besten gebügelten Hemd versuchten den anscheinenden Piratenpartei-Anhänger zu verdrängen, da er wohl die Sicht auf eine Projektionswand versperrte. “Scheiss Spinner von der Piratenpartei!” fiel dann als sozialdemokratischer Kommentar.

Im Orchestergraben allerdings störte die SPD-Jubelschilder-Winkerei (u.a.”Mindestlohn für Ackermann!”) im gleichen Maße meinen unmöglichen Blick auf den Redner, wie der Web 2.0-Aktivist mit seinem Web 0.0-Schild.

Und die Inhalte? Interessant fand ich, wie Müntefering meinte, der boulevardeske Angriff auf die Privatuni-Studentin die heuchelnderweise gegen Studiengebühren sei, “bringe die ganze FDP-Denke auf den Tisch.” Leider finde ich den Artikel auf bildonline nicht mehr, den Münte als Quelle nannte. Doch finde ich  generell, dass man auch in der SPD “Champagnersozialist” sein darf. Oder sich aus einer Luxusposition für eine Politik einzusetzen, die nicht nur auf den eigenen Vorteil ausgerichtet ist.

Steinmeier sprach hinterher noch in einem Satz von einer “Generation Ellenbogen und Generation Bonus.” Gibt es da schon Bücher zu, nach “Generation Golf” und “Generation Doof”? Haben wir es da nicht mit einer Klasse zu tun, die sich zuviel bedient.

Bekannte Positionen also, die die SPD zuverlässig vertrat. Gerechtigkeitsthemen, die breiten Zuspruch finden (die Zustimmung für einen Mindestlohn lag bei ca. 70%). Allerdings sind dort zwei Stolpersteine, die nicht in Richtung SPD deuten: Warum ist Graf Guttenberg so beliebt? Warum SPD und nicht gleich die Linke wählen — die diese Positionen nach Hartz-IV glaubwürdiger vertreten?

Die FAZ titelt heute, “Rot-Rot und  Schwarz-Gelb gleichauf.” Links hat also wieder aufgeholt, wenn man die Landes- und Bundesebene unzulässigerweise verquickt. Dennoch betont Münte, auf Bundesebene seien “die Schotten dicht. Keine Zusammenarbeit mit der Linkspartei.” Er merkt dann aber auch: “Da hat jetzt nur die Hälfte der Leute geklatscht. Dennoch…”

Die Bühne hatte das große Schild mit:”Unser Land kann mehr.” Und das ist vielleicht eine gute SPD-Botschaft, die Merkels passiver Haltung entgegentritt. Ich interpretiere das so, dass die SPD versucht, Wähler bei ihrer bequemen “Naja, die Merkel ist diplomatisch und hatte keine großen Fehler”-Haltung abzuholen.

Zum Schluss gab Steinmeier noch Autogramme beim meterhohen SPD-Würfel, der auch durch die Lande tourt. Die Würfel sind also noch nicht gefallen. OK, das war ein billiger Spruch.

August 31, 2009 at 9:09 pm Leave a comment

CouchsurfingStories#2: A tourist in the own city

On Monday, there were lots of guests in Hannover for the Coldplay concert. After a while of not-hosting (nobody asked me, indeed), I was happy to be the couchsurfing-host for two guests from Russia, St. Petersburg. My idea here is not to tell boring travelling stories like “have-you-been-here-and-there and I-have been-here-and-there and so on and so on and I have been to more countries to you and it is all soooo great and exotic.” No, this is boring, as I already wrote in my first couchsurfing story.

I think it is more interesting to tell you how couchsurfing changes the way you think.

So, on Monday, my guests from Russia, me and others were sitting in the Hannover-Künstlerhaus with some fruit juice. Two hours before Coldplay started to play, I and another person from the couchsurfing-Hannover-Community said goodbye to the guests, as we were not joining (Tickets 60-80 Euros!).

We helped to carry the sleeping bags of them, and as I was walking with a sleeping bag, an ice in the hand, lost in thoughts, it suddenly came to my mind: I feel like a tourist in my own city!

And this is cool, being a tourist in your own city.

It always happens to me, that I feel more conscious about the seemingly well-known-environment. People notice the facades of the houses, that are sometimes extremely beautiful in the area where I live. I first noticed them after a year living there.

Often, I become aware, that I should appreciate more the area I live: Guests notice how great it is to have a lake to swim and a big forest. Tourist go into a museum, inhabitants of a city only rarely. A year ago I went with a Canadian guest into the modern art Sprengel-Museum, and she told me about her modern art idea:

“I and a friend once wanted to make an art installation consisting of a transparent plastic-block were we vomited into.”

Disgusting idea, but could be modern art. If you have such stories, connected to all the modern art,  it really helps you to understand, how people might draft modern art ideas.

Couchsurfing also helps you to understand what Germany is, if you walk through these allotments (Kleingartenkolonien, Hannover has many!), where you think Snow White will soon show up between all the kitschy Gartenzwerge.

As I visited Oldenburg again, where I was born, I showed a Brazilian the Schlossgarten. Autumn, leaves were falling, ducks were swimming in a little lake. She spontaneously said: “It’s so Disney!” It seems that Disney had a huge impact on the global Europe-image, and there was also an exhibition in Munich about this («Walt Disneys wunderbare Welt und ihre Wurzeln in der europäischen Kunst»). The danger, off course, is that you affirm klischees. But, I think, the danger is the very much higher, if you travel with friends using a hostel and then visit all the mainstream attractions such as Maschsee or Rathaus.

If you want to change yout perspective in a more luxourious way, you can do what Svennov wrote on his Limmerstraßenblog:

Nach dem Einchecken bin ich zum Gast in meiner eigenen Stadt geworden, denn normalerweise wäre mir das Viertel um den Maschsee viel zu langweilig und das Maschseefest zu sehr verseucht mit unkultivierten und gleichzeitig langweiligen Menschen. Aber an diesem Tag war es genau das richtige, ein Kurzurlaub in einem anderen Stadtteil; ich beobachtete die Menschen wie ein Aussenstehender, sog alles in mich auf und fühlte mich ein bisschen wie auf einer Safari, die ohne Kamera auskommt.”

Join Couchsurfing.com if you also want to be a tourist in your own city. Or go into a hotel as Svennov did, but this is probably the more expensive option.

August 29, 2009 at 6:15 pm 1 comment

Coffeeshophilosophy!

The Blog-entry: “How Starbucks might kill freelancing – or the other way around” inspired me to set coffeeshops in a larger frame and constitute a coffeeshopcentric-worldimage, just as some other guys did in a different way (whose names I forgot).

Anyway: Let’ start with that well-known Globalization-everywhere thesis: Just as people are travelling more, national and cultural borders erode, goods are shipped from any place to your house, so is a working place not a local place anymore. And it doesn’t need to be: communication is possible via phone, blackberry, skype, mail, (corporate-) wikis, video-conferences. Information isn’t even anymore local on your notebook’s harddrive: Data is stored and edited on servers around the world — cloud computing, driven by Google-Documents, for example.

Skimming several centuries: Agriculture, Industry, Service, and now the Information age. And information is not bound to any place, they are in, with and between people, not in shabby offices.

And now you have the decision to work where?

Yes, in a coffeeshop.

Coffeeshops are cosy, nicely decorated, and if not so, they draw at least interesting people. The TAZ-Café in Berlin with the proximity of the editorial office is a good example for that: Cool, self-considered-“somehow”-left-wing people are just sitting around. With or without notebook. People, definitely with notebook, are what you meet in St. Oberholz, also in Berlin (picture says everything). The most important thing is, that there is a current influx of people. And W-Lan.

Starbucks is out! It is extremely expensive. But they probably were the first with reliable W-Lan-connection, years ago. I think that Starbucks today draws rather established businessmen- and women. And tourists.

But working in a café is nothing new, although the hippy trendy terms “coffeeshop” and “freelancing” suggest so. Also, this is not a new phenomenon of the information age.

Philosopher Jürgen Habermas wrote in” The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere” that coffee-houses are a sign of a new openess, bringing forth enlightnment. This characterizes the 18th century — No W-LAN and Starbucks around, can you imagine that?

Around the same time (18th cent.) the Tatler-Magazine (still existing today in a modern form) even had categories such as White’s chocolate-house (for gallantry, pleasure, entertainment) and Will’s coffee-house (poetry). Of course, the 18th century allowed only elitist groups to be in the coffee-houses that often.

Coffehouses, not yet coffeeshops were basically places for an exchange of ideas. A social place, that constantly remind us of the world outside, and isn’t this important for a constant flow of ideas? On the other hand, you are observed and need to look at least a bit busy. Seeing and to be seen! I guess this was extremely important for intellectuals and writers: Influence — giving and taking — and self-positioning among elitist circles. Networking and Self-marketing, as we call it today.

Let’s jump to newer times: Harry Potter was written in The Elephant House I once visited in Edinburgh. As I remember from a JK Rowling documentation, she just flet from her massive problems at home. This is the escapist-notion of coffee-houses: fleeing from problems, being among coffee-drinking, chatting people with the illusion that live goes on in a coffee-drinking-way.

So, would we have great literature such as Harry Potter or older books, whithout Coffee-houses? Or the other way around, are there coffee-houses because of creatives like JK Rowling? The HerrHorn.com Blog asks, what was first, the person or the institution:

“I’m wondering how it actually happened that freelancing is now so closely associated with coffee shops? Was it coffee shops first and suddenly everyone thought, “Oh, brilliant… let me freelance, now that I can hang out at this coffee shop all day and night”. Or was it freelancers first until one morning over a cup of coffee some business school graduate thought “Oh, brilliant… all those freelancers want to hang out at a coffee shop all day and night”. Hen and egg thingy, I guess.”

My answer: If we translate freelancers with free-thinkers and coffeeshops with coffee-houses there is a clear answer: Free-thinking within the enlightnment period allowed for coffee-houses. People just wanted to have an exchange with other people and not to read alone in their bedroom. Thoughts kindle things, not reverse. Coffee-houses then promoted free-thinking further and further. A transformation of the public sphere, speaking in the terms of Habermas ,was taking place.

In the W-LAN-coffeeshop-era there is no barrier anymore to communicate worldwide. Interestingly people seem to feel isolated in their rooms, even though facebook, skype and twitter allow for a communication overdose. No, people still want to got to coffeehouses or special Webmeetings (I blogged about Webmonday Hannover or SocialBar for example.) Being physically at a communicative place and being simultaneously virtual around the world; this needs training, otherwise it is extremely exhausting, as I myself figured out when doing everything but fulfilling nothing.

“Wir nennen es Arbeit” (We are calling it work) describes how the digital Bohème challenges a new formulation of what work actually is. The French term “Bohème” also stresses the fact, that this “class” of people was and is still a minority that live excentrically and financially insecure.

Working with the absolute need of W-LAN in coffeeshops is just the consequence of the extremely flexible We-are-calling-it-work in connection with the instant possibility of real-life as well as virtual communication. This new Bohème also hopes to find new projects to work on and to connect worldwide. Or to rephrase an old slogan “Bohèmians unite!”

To come to a point: Freelancing and coffeshops with W-LAN are a great supplementation. Coffeeshops will search for the audience of the creative class, this is just a free-market mechanism. Otherwise competitors will attract the creative class.

Dear HerrHorn.com, there is no reason to think that freelancing will die without coffee-shops with W-LAN (As this WallStreetJournal story suggests). And yes, I think the consequences of a — however improbable — dying of coffeehouses with W-LAN would be extremely severe in a creative and cultural sense.

August 14, 2009 at 1:53 am 1 comment

Self-censorship…

…that I needed to do on one post almost two months ago. I simply deleted the blog-entry.

I was walking around the last days with a bad conscience, that what I wrote might not be appropriate. But by reading the entry again tonight for just some seconds,  I quickly decided to flush it.

Thus: WARNING to all prospective bloggers: Blogging does not necessarily bear clear thoughts, but can bring out the very worst in you. Blogging is not thinking, but more sports (as ironically a German left-wing blog-provider blogsport.de calls their plattform).

Stats were fine the last days, so probably some people read the bulls*** I published. Forgive me — thank you.

July 9, 2009 at 11:14 pm Leave a comment

Dear Twitter!

It happened to me that I registered to your service in January 2008. I didn’t like you then, and I have been quoted on a different Twitter-Account, that you are “a fart in the landscape”.

I was wrong, I noticed a year later. You are a waste of time, a tiring disussion topic (people keep on asking me about you…and unfortunately, I like to respond). A party spoiler. That’s Luhmann’s self-referenciality: Communication becomes a topic itself.

Anyway, with the TweetDeck-Software, you allow me to filter interesting tweets. Going to Bristol soon, I see that people are quite passionate about the Banksy exhibition and that they are twittering like hell: 1 new message Bristol, 1 new message Bristol, 1 new message Bristol…(btw: Hell must have a twitter account I guess…)

Connecting to the world becomes easier, for sure. But at which costs and with which superficiality are topics dealt with?

I have a conspiracy theory, Twitter: Maybe you are only allowing to talk about yourself (as Blogs mostly do, Blogs talk about Twitter and reverse), and you avoid people having talks about real life or serious matters. You are the matrix, the machine for fiction, and the “old reality” is only surface…the real world is you, stupid 140-signs messages. The Twitter rabbit hole.

But: Iran. Yeah, I should not forget to talk about this, because you did a great job here. You are great for mobilizing masses, you are not that easy to censor. But maybe there comes the time, you are abused for evil-purposes, because people twittered too much might not think carefully and informed anymore.

Maybe I just need the blue-matrix pill: The good old reality. I am waiting for your Tweet.

BTW: Supernews! Also check out the other series…they made me quite addicted.

July 2, 2009 at 11:32 pm 1 comment

promoting: HUB Berlin Sustainability Week

I gonna try it for the 1.000.000 time. This is just one sentence, straightly typed into my notebook to describe the HUB-idea:

The HUB is an international connection of passionate people, working professionally or semi-professionaly on innovative projects. The HUB provides new people with new ideas almost every day.

Yeah,  sounds like the usual-fluffy, exuberant marketing sentence. But it’s really that way in the HUB.

Have a look at the programme a former colleague is responsible for. It’s about the sustainability week, consisting of discussions, guests, thematic lunches, a movie screening. A week all about sustainability to protect the environment. In the HUB, which is a larg, open workspace, also whithin the sutainability week.

I participated in several sustainability events when I worked in the HUB and — being honest — I didn’t become much more sustainable. Only slightly more. But I definitely became more aware of the topic and the need of sustainability. One doesn’t change from one day to the other. There’s firstly an awareness and questioning-yourself-process.

Maybe it’s not that good to eat meat every da (apart from diet issues), maybe I should take the bike? Maybe I should buy bio-coffee? Maybe I should take a bio- internet-service-provider? Maybe bio-products aren’t that expensice? Maybe, maybe, maybe…

So, if you want to search for the right questions on how to act sustainable, attend this event in the stylish Berlin-Kreuzberg Loft.

I am sure (and this is hopefully also right for me), the actions will follow the questions.
Link to the HUB Berlin Blog

June 22, 2009 at 1:06 am 1 comment

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