Martin Gurri on Ritual Rage on the Web
Am 12. Oktober 2017 hielt Gurri Vortrag am Hannah Arendt Center auf der Konferenz Crises of Democracy: Thinking in Dark Times.
Darin erklärt er neben vielen anderen Dingen auch das geile neue Internet: „The weird dynamic of the web makes verbal violence, ritual rage, the only acceptable rhetorical pasture. Every political controversy results in personal abuse and death threats. Extreme actors on opposite sides rejoice in finding each other. They can engage in loud and vicious combat, attract attention, drown out moderate voices – this perverse satisfaction, almost happiness, when the people you oppose perpetrate some horror proves beyond reasonable doubt that [the opponent] should not exist.“
Und: „Trump has mastered the nihilist style of the Web.“
Die mit Trump und Brexit überarbeitete Ausgabe seiner 2014er Buchs Revolt of the Public steht ab sofort auf meiner Leseliste:
In the words of economist and scholar Arnold Kling, “Martin Gurri saw it coming.” Technology has categorically reversed the information balance of power between the public and the elites who manage the great hierarchical institutions of the industrial age—government, political parties, the media. The Revolt of the Public tells the story of how insurgencies, enabled by digital devices and a vast information sphere, have mobilized millions of ordinary people around the world.
Originally published in 2014, this updated edition of The Revolt of the Public includes an extensive analysis of Donald Trump’s improbable rise to the presidency and the electoral triumphs of “Brexit” and concludes with a speculative look forward, pondering whether the current elite class can bring about a reformation of the democratic process, and whether new organizing principles, adapted to a digital world, can arise out of the present political turbulence.