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The social consequences of the financial problems of independent blogs

My article „The blogger as the intellectual of the network society“contains the theoretical background of this article but leaves the leading question, if the blogger is the intellectual of the network society, open. This article has to be seen as a part of the answer. Additionally this article shows several possibilities to finance the operation of a blog. At the end of the article a survey dealing with the economic conditions of bloggers is added.

Introduction: Does a German independent and intellectual blog scene exist?

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Zusammenfassung Bekedahl: Unser Blog soll schöner werden

Markus Bekedahls Blog netzpolitik.org ist mit rund 30 000 Klicks am Tag (vgl. Video) und einer aktuellen Platzierung auf Platz 5 der Deutschen Blog Charts (stand Juli 2013) einer der erfolgreichsten deutschsprachigen Bloggs. In der Rede, die er im Mai 2013 auf der re:rublica gehalten hatte, stellt Bekedahl einige Aspekt seiner Arbeit vor. Die Aspekte Entstehung, Personal, Organisationsform und Themen, werden an dieser Stelle zusammengefasst. Dem Aspekt der Refinanzierung des Blogs ist ein eigener Artikel gewidmet.
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The blogger as the intellectual of the network society

I publish here the first chapter of my current article “The blogger as the intellectual of the network society”. Dealing with the question, what comes after the old intellectuals of the times of the mass media will be vanished from the public sphere, the article starts with a journey to the reflections of the intellectual at the end of the twentieth centruy. The whole article will feature quotes about the position and the role of the intellectual in the network society, the changing of the mass audience to the segmented audience, a analyses of the work, the life and the blog of the Austrian journalist Robert Misk, dealing with the question if he is a “blogging intellectual”. The conclusion will feature three types of blogging intellectuals.

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The blogger as the intellectual of the network society

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Markus Bekendahl, an example of a blogging intellectual

 If we think of intellectuals names like Michel Foucault, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ulrich Beck, Jürgen Habermas, Noam Chompsky, Anthony Giddens or Slavoj Žižek emerge in our minds. The problem with these people is that some of them are dead and those who are not are old. For example the average age of the persons rated in the “2012 Cicero Ranking of the 500 most important German intellectuals” is 66. But a short view on the ranking of the “100 top global thinkers” published by the “Foreign Policy” magazine shows some younger people, so maybe this is only a German problem. Anyway, reason enough to ask the question what comes after these people who have vanished from the public sphere? The first approach to this question is to figure out what means to being an intellectual.

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