From the excellent studies on how political communication use game-like mechanics (Gekker 2012), the gamefication of politics can be traced further. If we conceive politics as a formative principle, the rules of its formation will partly change due to new possibilities of participation. As some organisations in the UK already show, you now can get a reach before only the state or large corporations could provide: now everyone can erect a different game/world crosswise in the existing. For political philosophy, this poses new and interesting questions. My talk will:
A) Look at what participatory politics mean for existing politics. Is participation a tool political in itself, i.e. has it game changing potential or will it be used to fill existing gaps, push the retreat of the state further to stabilize existing rules?
B) The political qualities and weaknesses that we need to be aware off when participatory politics become the new norm need to be analysed. Is it dividing the once equal masses into some with access and others without, or broadening access? Does it enable more people to gain control, or push our isolated individualities? Does it distribute responsibilities so that we forget about them, or in order that something unthinkable before can now be realized?
Dr. Mercedes Bunz is a digital thinker and journalist living in London. She is currently teaching at the Kunstuniversität Linz, and was 2011 the Fellow of the Centre for the Humanities Utrecht and the Impakt Festival. She has studied Philosophy & Art History at the FU Berlin and wrote her PhD on the history on the internet at the Bauhaus Universität Weimar (Kadmos 2008). In 2009 Alan Rusbridger offered her to work as the Guardian’s technology reporter; before she was the online editor-in-chief of the Berlin based newspaper Tagesspiegel, and the editor-in-chief of the Berlin city magazine zitty. 1997 she co-founded DEBUG, magazine for electronic aspects of life, still being part of its board. Her forthcoming book is “The Silent Revolution. How algorithms change knowledge, work, public and politics without making to much noise” (Suhrkamp 2012).