Shared Sorrow is Half a Sorrow? – (Media) Ethics in the Digital Sphere


A re:publica event

Each of us acts implicitly politically. Each of us contributes systematically to others’ realities. Thus, we 2.0-ers are under constant publishing and behavioural pressure. From leaks about stars or governments to racist or sexist “jokes”, terror propaganda, political crises, and emotional reactions to catastrophes, the social networks are full of content that we should and must react to in real time.
Faced with this ever-shifting tide of media hype and controversy, we cannot escape our role as multipliers. Is it time for a new ethic of (non)sharing?
In this session, we want to analyse the roles of three groups of actors in the media biotope – companies, journalists, and users – and how they perceive and disseminate “realities”.
Who is responsible for what? In particular, we will ask ourselves: What should we share, and why? How do we handle recordings of barbaric executions, for example, without becoming stooges for the terror machine? How can we help to protect the victims of online smear campaigns? And what’s the story with our ability to make independent interpretations?


Friedemann Karig, Author, Presenter, and Journalist

Prof. Dr. Bernhard Pörksen, Professor of Media Studies, University of Tübingen

Petra Grimm, Head of the Institute for Digital Ethics, Stuttgart Media University

Stefan Niggemeier, Founder, BILDblog