Tweeting Eurovision

Every year I am surprised that it’s Eurovision Song Contest again. To be honest, I think this is a waste event. I got goosebumps because of more than one song yesterday, but not of the good kind. I confess, I watched it anyway and it actually was interesting this time, but not because of the show itself but the millions of tweets on #ESC2015. Did you ever do this, watch TV and simultaneously comment every minute on Twitter on what’s happening? Don’t you think that’s strange behaviour?? Not that I am in a position for a judgement as I did it myself yesterday – and the ESC is probably the only thing on TV where it really doesn’t matter if you pay attention or look on your smartphone. But it’s weird. Everybody wants to throw in their two cents; it seems nobody really cares about the music, it’s just a contest about the funniest tweet. Even some of the big journalistic media participated in the collective bitching. Subjectively, this was what most tweets were about: Continue reading

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The “New Utopia” on TV – Philosophy and Reality

There is a new reality show on German TV channel SAT1. It’s called “Newtopia”. There’s a lot about this show that I find interesting. It already begins with the name. At first, the show was supposed to be called “Utopia”, like the original TV format that was created by John de Mol in the Netherlands. The name refers to the 16th century novel by Thomas Morus that frames an ideal society. But the German Online Magazine for sustainable living “Utopia” sued SAT1 so the name was changed. Not the very best start for the “greatest TV experiment ever” as the call it. Continue reading