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Dumme Wörter Definition

Definition

Both in everyday life and in allegedly scientific or scholarly papers definitions play an essential role because they are believed to lend clarity and security to each form of analysis or other expression. What utter humbug! From its Latin origin definition means that one should deduce and explain everything from the end – de finis – without, however, knowing the slightest bit about an end. If anything, definitions belong to religion, but certainly not to the intellect. They hover in infinity and deceive themselves.  

Dumme Wörter Information

Information

People are enthusiastically talking about information and the information society. If there is an argument at all, then it’s about whether or not a piece of information is true or false and about how information is processed. However, using the term information as if it was a quality is completely mindless: who actually wants to be put into form by others? We don’t!  

Dumme Wörter Kommunikation

Communication

Many years ago, in his book Das bedingte Leben (The Conditioned Life), the theoretician Friedrich Wolfram Heubach quite rightly pointed out that the word ‘communication’ was constantly completely misunderstood. As is generally known, the word is commonly used in order to indicate – often in a rather pathos-laden way – that everything and everybody chats with each other and is related to one another. There is, for example, the so-called communication design, which shapes communication through typography and layout, but also in the field of high tech and in the new media. Communication is seen as something to be proud of because it promises openness, an endless preparedness for conversation, transparency and correct social behaviour. But, back then, Heubach already showed that communication was exclusive rather than integrative: it always excludes all those from the social group, who do not understand the symbols used by those who are communicating. Who do not speak the same language, who read in a different way, who do not know the latest fashionable acronyms and phrases. This is already …