“Which Pig Do You Prefer?”: Robert Limbeck and His Extension Program What Am I?
Dr. read it. Elephant. Daniel Arnett
Moderator Robert Lempke (1913-1989) asks the guest, “Which piglet do you want?” Who can choose from three different colored piggy banks. Then the four-person guessing round has to figure out the job of the candidate. For each he can’t answer, a piece of five signs chime in the animal’s stomach. Yes, you can tell by currency: this popular TV show existed before the introduction of the euro.
The Austrian historian Valentin Groebner (59) wrote in his new book “The Program of Contests” Was Ben ich? It started in 1961 based on the American model. It became the longest-running and popular program on German television after Tageschau. For decades, it received up to 6,000 requests a month from people who wanted to give information on themselves and come home with a bloated savings column.
Grobner calls his book “A Brief History of Self-disclosure”. Self-talk and self-disclosure may have been a collective phenomenon since Facebook, Instagram and Tiktok, but a professor of Medieval and Renaissance history at the University of Lucerne locates I-say earlier in human history — even if it was never a voluntary act as It is the case today in the age of the Internet.
“Since the Fourth Lateran Council of 1215, every faithful Christian has had to confess to a priest once a year and report to him all his transgressions and sins,” says Grubbner. It took less than 400 years from boring duty to a philosophy of pleasurable self-disclosure: in 1580 the French humanist Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592) published his “Essais” and gave his name to an entire literary genre titled Attempts at His Autobiography.
“But self-disclosure is more than just saying,” Grobner wrote. “Self-disclosure needs pictures – pictures of me, my friends, my story, my origins.” And what happens when information turns into income is described by American blogger Gia Tolentino (33 years old) in her book “Trick Mirror” (2019), of which Groebner quotes: “A large part of my life can no longer be separated from the Internet – this frantic electronic hell that does not bearable.”
Self-disclosure gets under your skin — literally, when you get a tattoo. “In the times of Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat,” Groebner writes, “passing photos have become the norm,” and asks rhetorically, “Is it then necessary that permanent photos develop such a pathetic allure?” One thing is clear to Groebner: the motifs on bare skin reveal the bare truth: “This is what other people’s desires look like.”
Valentine Grobner, ‘Is that me? A brief history of self-disclosure”, S. Fisher
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