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[...] The new challenges and threats of the 21st century are most of all confusing. In order to cope with them we must first of all understand them. Admittedly, this is first and foremost the business of experts but each expertise needs translators on its way to the many non-experts, to the million non-experts, who also need to understand all that. And exactly this, the beating to pathways of understanding through the thicket of the circumstance is, as I see it, the task of the media. In times of truly new challenges we need them more urgently than ever. And at the same time we are experiencing a baffling paradox. On the level of the images and phenomena they come to us much faster and tell us instantly what is happening anywhere in this world. That is something Earlier generations never new. However, with the variety of information the confusion appears to grow about what these pictures, these phenomena actually mean and what conclusions we should draw from them.

 (…) often enough media and politics sit at opposite ends of the table. The fundamental challenge is for the media and politicians to work in concert. A free press and democratic politics naturally go together, and indeed, we need this like the air we breathe. We bear a common responsibility each in our own way for the future of our society and this all the more so in times of international crises. Let us take on this responsibility together. [...]

 

 
   
 
 

  by Matthias Platzek
     
  by Bernard-Henri Levy
     
  by Roger Köppel