Photo: Zita Ratzenberger Media Filter bubbles, digitalization, the loss of privacy, social media addiction – when talking about media, the discourse is quickly filled with buzzwords and stereotypes nowadays. What does "media" actually mean? Which topics occupy the media industry and the people working in it? Media theory Beyond current discussions about social media, and digitalization, we asked media theory experts: what do we actually mean when talking about media, information, and data, anyway? ©Zita Ratzenberger Media Theory What is Information? What does a squeezed marshmallow have to do with information? How does something new come into the world and what happens to it? Media theorist Andreas Ströhl explores the difference that makes a difference. © Goethe-Institut Interview with Peter Weibel Between Near and Far Sensing Interview with Peter Weibel, Chairman and CEO of the ZKM, Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, about Faith in Images; the ordinary and the sublime; and The dream of Universalism. More about media Find out more about developments in the media industry in Germany: Photo: Youtube Virtual Reality Journalism Living the news We may experience journalism in an entirely new way in future. 360-degree videos and virtual reality reports allow the audience to dive right into a news story and experience events up close. These new formats are also making inroads in Germany. Photo (detail): © migfoto - Fotolia.com 80 Years of Television in Germany In 1935 the world’s first regular television service was launched in Berlin with a live broadcast. Since then, this key medium has undergone all kinds of different phases – says media scientist Lorenz Engell. Photo (detail) ZDF © Willi Weber Political Satire Shows “Satire and journalism can complement each other” Satire shows on German television are increasingly addressing political issues. It is still, however, difficult to compare them with their American role models, says media scientist, Benedict Porzelt. Photo (detail): © vladans - Fotolia.com Constructive Journalism Happy end instead of bad news The only good news is bad news? No, think some media in Germany and want to report more constructively in future. Their biggest critics are found within their own ranks. Photo (detail): © BR / Lisa Hinder Media Initiatives Facts Against Fake News The German media are caught in a crisis of credibility. In order to regain trust and act against manipulated and false information on the internet, they have launched various initiatives. Photo (detail): © agnormark - Fotolia.com The New German Media Makers “Give everyone a voice” “Bring more diversity into the media” is the motto of the New German Media Makers. In an interview, their Deputy Chairman, Chadi Bahouth, explains why the perspective of immigrants gets the short end of the stick in media coverage and how the association wants to change this.