Fam­ily re­sem­blances

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Does any­one re­mem­ber any ex­perts or com­men­ta­tors an­a­lyz­ing the de­tails about the econ­omy or the debt? Of course not. On the other hand, most of us have vivid mem­o­ries of news an­chor­men speak­ing live from their stu­dios with singers, col­or­ful politi­cians, and hot-blooded union­ists. Concern about TV rat­ings has al­ways taken a toll on the qual­ity of tele­vi­sion dis­course in this coun­try. The lo­cal chan­nels have been com­pet­ing against each other to see who can put on the cheap­est show. Tele­vised dis­course is hostage to cheap stereo­types and con­ve­nient cliches. Emo­tion al­ways takes prece­dence over rea­son. All that can be ex­plained as, the day af­ter the show, most of us will chat about the outrageous com­ment made by some cult TV per­son­al­ity and not sober pro­pos­als by the likes of Christo­pher Pis­sarides, who won the No­bel Prize for Eco­nom­ics last year. Nev­er­the­less, I have the im­pres­sion that the box con­cerns a small num­ber of la­bor union­ists, politi­cians and jour­nal­ists who get a kick out of ar­gu­ing with each other, while in con­trast the view­ing pub­lic seems to be far more ma­ture and cool-headed. But peo­ple can see through those who are try­ing to sell them some­thing, they can see who is a real friend of the peo­ple, and who is un­suit­able to talk about the ills of and the reme­dies for the coun­try. We should not for­get the un­com­fort­able fact that, at the end of the day, the shal­low, pro­vin­cial, nou­veau riche, in­ad­e­quate po­lit­i­cal es­tab­lish­ment that failed the coun­try emerged from the in­ter­ac­tion with and de­pen­dence on a sim­i­larly shal­low, pro­vin­cial, nou­veau riche, in­ad­e­quate me­dia sys­tem.

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