Category Archives: social science

Random Sociology – Replacing key-words in classic texts

My most random ideas pop-up when I’am working on my thesis thus have to think scientifically, but don’t want to engage in work (because coding is boring or other reasons). This means that my science mindset is active but is … Continue reading

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What Google suggestions say about social theories

While struggling with Latour’s actor network theory I did what every serious social science scholar did – I googled it, hoping to find an easy introduction or an example. While typing into Google I noticed the auto-complete suggestions, which suggested … Continue reading

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Surfing like it’s 1997: Internet trends from a long-forgotten time

While researching for my Ph.D. I’am currently evaluating the origins of the Cyberwar and Information-war concepts. Thereby I stumble over many interesting books and articles from the early years of the Internet, in this case 1997. It is a book … Continue reading

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Weird Science, oder das Phantom der Definitionen

Wenn man eine Reihe wissenschaftlicher Publikationen zu verschiedenen Themen gelesen hat, dann hat man mit großer Wahrscheinlichkeit schon einmal das folgende Phänomen bemerkt. Insbesondere in Einführungsbänden in Themenbereiche (z.B. conflict research cyber war, Macht oder gar politischer Psychologie) werden gerne zunächst … Continue reading

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Versicherheitlichung absurd: staatliche Kontrolle von Verschlüsselung?

Während in Paris und anderswo mutige Bürger für westliche Werte wie Meinung- und Pressefreiheit auf die Straße gehen, planen unsere Staats- und Regierungschef schon den nächsten Überwachungsstreich, und dieser hat es in sich. James Cameron hat sich im letzten Jahr … Continue reading

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What I learned playing Democracy 3 or why the world will not change….

During the holidays I had some time and picked up Democracy 3 in a Steam-sale for a few Euros. Democracy 3 is a splendid democracy simulator by Positech Games and particularly insightful for studying how policies, voters and outcomes are connected. You can … Continue reading

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we need new surveillance metaphors

The idea of enlightenment was that if we teach enough people to use their brain and to engage in critical thinking, our problems with bad governments will go away. The premise of enlightenment was “knowledge is power” and combined with … Continue reading

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