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Very recently, a lot of pigs are once again being driven through the village at the same time, among other things, it's about supposed racist or non-gendered language and again about social media.

Right now I'm reading a lot about how dangerous not only TikTok and WhatsApp are, but also about the fact that even the completely dusty Facebook - actually only relevant for people over 60 - has now even become a matter between our federal government and its data protection officer is. And as of yesterday, this has even become an urgent issue in one of my volunteer jobs.

Now I'm actually tempted to make the best of it for myself and—once again—finally shut down the social media accounts I recently reactivated. Last had me Herbert Burkhardt motivated to use them for the upcoming election campaign. And since I've been there before, I not only opened free voters, but also a few social media accounts for the EUROPA-UNION Heilbronn. And in order to be able to do this, I also had to set up a Facebook account again.

And once again I had to realize that apart from Linkedin — which I only use to be able to get in touch with comrades, colleagues and acquaintances — and the somewhat dusty Twitter, all other social media channels themselves only give me a headache.

Oh, how I would love to just click on the corresponding “delete accounts” button! But then I have to remember that there are people for whom it is still important that such media are used. Therefore, before I give in to my gut feeling again, I would like to ask my readers: What advice can you give me with a clear conscience?

Addendum (22.3.2023)

After hardly anyone was really interested, I was able to delete my corresponding accounts today without any major concerns. If you would like to keep in touch with me on social media, you are welcome to try it on Twitter and Linkedin.


I am a blogger and, although I have had training and further education in journalism from time to time and regularly write journalistic articles for newspapers, I am not a journalist. Journalism and blogging are two fundamentally different activities that also have completely different goals.

About journalists, newspapers and Journals I have already written my own posts. My weblog here is intended to serve as a good example of blogging. Blogger write mostly in the first-person perspective and do not hold back with their personal opinion.

And while I'm at it, I'll let Adorno have his say again; As far as I know, he has not written anything about bloggers, but has expressed his very personal opinion about journalists, which culminates in the following statement.

"The 'lack of spirit' of the journalists, the prostitution of their experiences and convictions can only be understood as the culmination of capitalist reification."



peter schulze drew me to a post by Jurgen Zietlow from October 2019, who asked the question in medien.de: What distinguishes bloggers, influencers, journalists, editors and authors?


Some students would like to attend "classic" lectures because they are said to be able to follow the lecturer better there. As a lecturer, I have nothing against such lectures, but I would like to point out that it is primarily about what the lecturer says during such a lecture - namely his interpretation of the thematic reading. And then about what emerges during these lectures in the mutual exchange on the topic. This is not about reading aloud as it used to be from children's books in kindergarten and elementary school.

As a student, it is very sporty if you book such "classic" courses and then are satisfied with the fact that you know roughly what literature the lectures are based on. It's even sportier if you don't attend a single lecture as a result. A little bit admirable if you then as a student also successfully write the corresponding exam - but some might come to the conclusion that this has something of a gambler.

However, it is completely weird if you have decided to act in this way yourself and have to realize at the beginning of the exam that you can do little or nothing with the lecturer's questions, and then insist that the lecturer asked the wrong questions would ask.

Therefore, my advice is to simply attend lectures that have been booked, or even better, to deal with the topic presented there before, during and after the lecture.

I claim that, apart from the 5% mentioned, all participants can successfully complete such courses. My tip: read, listen, think, ask, listen, read, etc. and immediately.