The rise of the informal media: how search engines, weblogs and You-Tube change public opinion

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With the rise of less formal, more personal media outlets like YouTube and blogs, the mass media is no longer our only public forum. This issue of the Dutch architectural journal Openinvestigates these new user-tailored media, asking, "What are the opportunities for artistic practices and critical forms of publicness?"

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Oliver Marchart is a Professor of Sociology at the University of Lucerne. Co-editor (with Simon Critchley) of "Laclau: A Critical Reader" (2004) and author of six books written in German including "Beginning Anew: Hannah Arendt, Revolution and Globalisation" (2005), and "Techno-Colonialism: Theory and Imaginary Cartography of Culture and the Media" (2004).

Geert Lovink is an independent media theorist and net critic. He is the founder of nettime mailing lists, a member of Adilkno, and a cofounder of the online community server Digital City.

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