Send an e-mail and it will reach the moon in just a few seconds. But a postcard will often only arrive at its destination after a week. Communication is easy nowadays; e-mails and WhatsApp move via electromagnetic waves at lightning speed – making the mailman seem incredibly slow in comparison. The internet is a communication technology that shapes our everyday life. We stumble upon new information before witnessing it through more traditional media like the evening news or morning newspaper. But who can guarantee that the flood of information that we are exposed to stems from verified sources and explains issues in their proper context? In an interview, the physicist and science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar demands a public debate to determine who is supposed to filter the mass of information. In ten interviews, the experts of this issue discuss the repercussions of digital transformation on our societies.
According to media scientist Norbert Bolz, the digital transformation is one of the three deep breaks within the history of media. It has reached all levels: from the app that allows us to order food from our favourite restaurant, to international conflicts that are now being carried out in cyberspace. The phenomena of the digital transformation are often far-reaching, but not always obvious. In his interview with 42 Magazine, the economist Philipp Hergovich emphasises the benefits of online dating. According to Hergovich, dating platforms like Tinder make society more liberal by connecting people from all different kinds of socio-economic backgrounds.
42 Magazine has also been impacted by digital change, and since September, you can find us at fortytwomagazine.com. Our webmaster Frederik Junge is credited with the new look and feel of our website. We also welcome our new head of translations Eva Fürst, and PR manager Judith Ponwitz, who both joined us earlier this year to support our international team. As part of our artist cooperation with photographer Max Dauven, we are pleased to present his work, which seems to be made digitally but is produced through analogue processes like negative photomontage. His photographs connect the digital with the analogue world, and are reminiscent of the balancing act we also have to accomplish in our personal lives.
I hope you will gain new insights and enjoy reading 42 Magazine.
Editor-in-chief, 42 magazine
Cover: Louis Lehmann