Romanian revolution televised. Contributions to the Cultural History of Media

With this volume we would like to celebrate critically the importance of the Revolution of 1989, as a problem-event that cannot be worked out in any of the subsequent answers. The Revolution is set in local and global context, in the frontispiece of a genealogy of global history that opens at the end of the Cold War, and as the germinative moment of the cultural history of Post-communism. We would like to reopen the possibilities of understanding the event of the 1989 Revolution as a productive chiasm between spectator and participant, as a constitutive act of the power relations between media technology, politics, and the public sphere of Post-communism. If “the truth of the Revolution will never be found out”, as it has often been claimed, this is because any revolution forces the limits of sense, challenging whole paradigms of thought and political apparatuses of capture, and in the “televised revolution” one can grasp precisely the constituting act of a new regime of truth.


Creating a new culture does not only mean one’s own individual “original” discoveries. It also, and most particularly, means the diffusion in a critical form of truths already discovered, their “socialization” as it were, and even making them the basis of vital action, an element of co-ordination and intellectual and moral order. For a mass of people to be led to think coherently and in the same coherent fashion about the real present world, is a “philosophical” event far more important and “original” than the discovery by some philosophical “genius” of a truth which remains the property of small groups of intellectuals. (A.Gramsci)