As always, Hal Faber’s newsreel wants to focus on the details: The Sunday newsreel is commentary, outlook and analysis. It is both a retrospective and a preview at the same time.
*** Moses comes down from the mountain and says: “I have good news and bad news. The good news: I traded it down to ten. The bad news: Adultery is still among them.” That old Jewish joke made me think of when the Ministry of Truth and Decency was dying this week “11 commandments to behave and respect online” introduced.
Yes, that’s really their name. Finally, the residents and the nasty neighbors of this Internet have a set of rules on how they should behave, announced with a big jingle. These include commandments such as the fifth commandment: “Keep your distance and do not make yourself mean”, which every journalist considers ironclad Frederick rule has been ripped off before. All commandments are elaborately explained, the fifth reads like this: “Democratic societies need a good deal of closeness and distance. The internet shortens the distances without, however, facilitating physical and physical closeness. This digital closeness is an opportunity, but at the same time a threat, against which discretion, attention and empathy are practiced for others This also includes the reluctance to share and distribute questionable content on the Internet too quickly and without scrutiny. Rumor mills, gossip bubbles or the missionary distribution of ‘fake news’ all too easily turn into hate rushes and conspiracy communities on the Internet. “
*** Yes, the internet shortens the distances and apparently also the memory. Anyone reading this explanation is immediately reminded of the “Rules of the Net” from 1995, which were published in German as “The twelve commandments of cyberspace”. Today they are a little hard to find on the Internet, perhaps the easiest here under the tab “Quotes in the book”. The fifth commandment of the decent is there the third commandment and is short and sweet: “You should have a high signal-to-noise ratio”. There is also an explanation for this commandment that deserves to be quoted because not everyone is a computer geek: “Signal-to-noise ratio refers to the quality of the utterances and information you send online. ‘Signals’ are any kind of useful information, ‘Noise’ is static. The network rewards brevity and ultimately ignores gibberish, rumble and ramblings short and understandable what you have to say and then continue in the text. “ Yes, you can nod: Gelaber, Gesülze and ramblings have no business to be found on the net, just hard, cold facts like this newsreel. That’s the way it is in the digital world. “More than in the analog world, it takes a cool head and a passion for objectivity as well as an attitude not to always blame others for their affects and emotions.” Oops, the decent ones again. No, we don’t carry anything after anyone.
*** But oh, one can be a little bit resentful if you look at the course of history. On July 23, 1985, there was one in New York Gala of the special kind when the Commodore Amiga 1000 was introduced. As the first home computer, its monitor was able to display 256 colors, which Commodore demonstrated with the artist Andy Warhol alienating a portrait of the singer Debbie Harris from Blondie on the stage from around 12:00. Five years ago the curators of the Warhol Museum found 23 (!) More files on old diskettes, including an alienation of Marilyn Monroe produced with the Amiga, all in “terrible quality”. Now the pictures should go on a journey and be shown on restored Amigas. The terrible quality is canceled out by the fact that with some effort LCD monitors with Amiga-like housings were provided. They are supposed to be more reliable, but falsify the images, because they are not tube monitors. The fact that the keyboard of the museum piece is that of the Amiga 2000 completes the impression. The curators should be ashamed of themselves, true to the 10th commandment of decency.
*** You can also just forget about decency. It really works, as the Julia Reuss case shows. The office manager of the Digital State Ministry goes to Facebook as a lobbyist. There she will be responsible for liaising with policy makers. Fittingly, the Berliner Zeitung, which claims “Open Source” in its title, has an interview with the Digital Minister of State Dorothea Bär behind a paywall that reads as if the digitization of Germany was just beginning with a politician who is new to the job. Well, also with reference to the precepts of cyberspace: digitization is a little older. For example in the medical telematic infrastructure that another Berlin newspaper reported on these days. The data protection activist Thilo Weichert explained to the daily newspaper, that the infrastructure is ancient by today’s standards – but also so new that the patient file offered at the beginning of the year turns the insured into guinea pigs. Appropriately, the responsible project company Gematik has a role in this new video published, which makes it clear at what snail’s pace this file is being introduced. The few doctors who can currently fill in a patient file still have no patients who have installed a patient records app.
*** The Federal Council is one of the institutions of our state that are generally underestimated. This week he completed his memorable 1000th session and really showed everyone what a thing ole patchwork quilt can achieve: He has collected the draft of a repair law for inventory data information, with which the governing coalition wanted to expand the surveillance state a bit further. It became clear that this draft law would land again in the present form before the Federal Constitutional Court. It remains to be seen whether a mediation committee of the Bundestag and Bundesrat can pour the botch about issuing passwords into a more agreeable form. But not for too long, because the law against hate crime depends on a repaired information law, which has yet to be signed by the Federal President. The decisive factor was the state of Thuringia. There is the left against the inventory data information, out of decency, so to speak.
Some have absolutely no decency. While the small toy store with its hygiene concept can see where it is, the toy departments in large department stores with a grocery department are open. That should change, at least in Saarland, insofar that these shopping landscapes will no longer be available for Articles outside of everyday use may advertise. The restriction may sound harmless and support the lockdown, contrary to many mood articles by the vast majority of German citizens endured and borne. Nothing crumbles there, even if some newspapers write that. However, the entrepreneurial freedom to advertise his business can crumble: What happens when promotional items are advertised online with free delivery? Isn’t there an additional requirement to keep it online? Many years ago, the eighth commandment of cyberspace was “You should not openly aim for your profit”.
The abuse of commercial services began to make itself felt at that time. In this respect, this justification of the commandment was correct, and it is nostalgic: “Nevertheless, the contacts, tips and information that you get up on the net should help any halfway clever creature to improve their material status. Only you shouldn’t get started like the king of advertising brochures. Life is too short to look at all sides filled with megatons of flaming e-mail. If you want to do business, put it on the web. “