radio as a mean of
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Why radio? Foremost because we have already forgotten it. Since the very invention radio as a social instrument has been overestimated and soon after expelled. What has changed between then and now?
Radio is a very flexible medium when it comes to the web 2.0 content. It does not record any likes or reposts and does not need applications with embedded shopping motivators or advertising. It takes considerable time to listen in, reactivating the ability to choose what is really necessary now as well as the ability to follow the other when he/she talks at a distance. Having such a tool at hand, a person's voice obtains a new form, which requires recalling, readiness to listen and the right to see into the essence of what is happening beside you.
The general accessibility of the medium itself has changed. The Internet made it possible to retransmit the stream avoiding many of the limiting filters and fixation facilities. It's enough to have a laptop and net connection to organize a direct broadcast.
The modern culture industry like any other seeks to expand its borders, strives to share one field of interest with global capital and consequently derive the maximum symbolic surplus value.
These two processes are inseparable today, capital exploits man and his labour, while the culture industry of the global north exploits the place as a point of critical intersection of actual processes and ideologies.
The term placesploitation in this context exists to make visible the critical difference between work/research within a place because of its unique optics, and production in situ to obtain more of surplus symbolic capital. Politics and life are inseparable. Everything that makes human existence is subordinated to historical, ideological and social narratives which all together form the political agenda of everyday life.
In the context of such interweaving it is complicated to correlate and even more complicated to talk about joy, tragedy, happiness, death and the fate of a single person. The goal of culture is to bring these processes together in one agenda, to make them visible through reactualization of places, optics and histories, and to make global processes, which stand behind individual needs and individual choice, comprehensible for everyone.