Digital media are fundamentally changing the structures and dynamics of public communication. This also has effects on social cohesion that are not clear from the outset: We can establish and maintain social relationships across spatial distances more easily than ever before - and at the same time fear the fragmentation of society into echo chambers and identity enclaves. We are pleased that the barriers to participation in democratic discourse are falling - and at the same time suffer from the increase in hate speech, shitstorms and other forms of destructive communication. We benefit from rapid innovations in media technology that make our lives easier - and at the same time buy this with a comprehensive storage of data on all aspects of our lives.
How can media law respond to these developments?
The German State Media Treaty, which came into force in November 2020, no longer only targets broadcasting, but also takes aim at platforms and media intermediaries. With DSA and DMA, the EU has presented proposals for a comprehensive approach to digital regulation. However, is all of this enough? Which media law instruments are suitable for the present and the future? How will rules be created for (better) digital communication in tomorrow's society?
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