Schering Stiftung

Panel discussion 

Salon in der Komischen Oper Berlin

Salon in der Komischen Oper Berlin
Photo: Jan Windszus Photography


Salon about the Supposed Appeal of the New

Salon in der Komischen Oper Berlin
Photo: Jan Windszus Photography


Salon about the Supposed Appeal of the New


March 21, 2022, 7:30–9 p.m.


Komische Oper Berlin
Behrenstraße 55-57
10117 Berlin

New! Brand-new! News! Breaking news! Sports news! Premiere! New production! – everything always has to be new! Newness alone has become a sign of quality in many areas of social life. All too quickly, the old has served its time, wears off, is old hat. Isn’t this a fatal fallacy, however?

For the most part, that which is new is also untested or unexperienced. How long is something or somebody new? Who defines what’s new? Is everything that’s new really new? Or doesn’t the general “novelty mania” often sell the old in new clothes?
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Marc Ziegele is a communication studies scholar and has been junior professor for political online communication at the Institute of Social Science of Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf since February 2018. Before that, he worked for eight years as a research associate at the Department of Communication at Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz.
He also spent research visits at the University of Texas at Austin. His research focuses on online discourse culture. Marc Ziegele studies why phenomena such as hate speech and incivility on the Web seem to have experienced such an enormous increase, how they affect people, and what politics, media, and society can do about it. In addition, he studies the causes and consequences of trust and mistrust in journalism under the conditions of digitalization.


Prof. Dr. Anabel Ternès von Hattburg is one of the leading minds of the digital future – a socially engaged, multiple award-winning digital entrepreneur, author, and expert on sustainability, health, and future skills. Among other things, she is a council member of the British Chamber of Commerce in Germany (BCCG), deputy chair of Bitkom AK Arbeit 4.0, and chair of the Board of Trustees of the Stiftung flexible Arbeitswelt. She is involved in several non-profit organizations, including as curator for PLAN and Stiftung Lesen.
As managing partner of GetYourWings, the learning space for future shapers, she develops digital tools to teach future skills. Anabel Ternès is managing director of the International Institute for Sustainability Management (IISM) and a professor for International Business Administration and Communication Management at SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences. The author of more than 50 books, she is also a frequent contributor to Focus, t3n, and Forbes. For several years, she held high-level positions in international companies, including Samsonite.



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