When empiricism meets utopia: Otto Neurath and the humanization of knowledge through visual design

© Noemi Biasetton, 2019

“We cannot hope to democratize cultural life without new ways of conveying information”. (Neurath, 1939: 136)

In the first half of the 20th century, Europe was economically torn apart from World War One and already threatened by the nationalist forces that would have led to World War Two. At the same time, in the easternmost part of the Alps, a future metropolis held its first elections under universal suffrage and commenced an ambitious program of social and economic reform between the World Wars (1918–1934), developing into a bright example for democracy across the Old Continent. That city was Vienna, capital…

Can violence be a consequence of language? A revaluation of the speech act theory in the political context

© Noemi Biasetton, 2019

The massacre occurred in El Paso recently added to the intolerable list of violences perpetuated by white suprematists and far-right supporters spreading across the Western World, and apparently destined to become a stigma of our time. In a televised speech on August 5th, President Trump listed possible clues about what happened. Firstly, he stated that “mental illness and hatred pulls the trigger, not the gun” suggesting involuntary confinement for “mentally disturbed individuals.” Secondly, he argued that “we must stop the glorification of violence in our society” including “the gruesome and grizzly video games that are now commonplace.” …

How the dichotomous populist dialectic together with the data crisis are re–shaping our world perception

© Noemi Biasetton, 2018

From terror attacks by Islamic State extremists in France, Belgium and Germany, to the ongoing challenges of the migrant crisis all over the world, the destruction of Syria, and the rise of the populist right–wing movements in Europe, the last few years have changed to many extents the way citizen perceive society and the world in general. …

Noemi Biasetton

Idiosyncratic millennial, pragmatist wannabe, post-structuralist amateur. Researching and writing about communication and media.

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