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Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Friday, March 20, 2015

Middle finger a symptom of overstress

Since Sunday the German media have been discussing a video showing Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis supposedly holding up his middle finger to Germany. For the daily Tages-Anzeiger the debate exemplifies what's wrong with the media: "When someone like Günther Jauch, the host of a show aired by a public broadcaster, reduces a highly complex set of arguments to one middle finger, it's tragic proof for how far the degeneration of the media has come. Jauch is a symbol for the fact that we are having a hard time dealing with events as they unfold. The crisis in Greece is complex and unclear. It's about debt, dependence, long-time relations, individual and collective destinies, and a country on the brink of disaster. But instead of seriously examining the causes of and possible solutions to this crisis, even quality journalists are appealing to the simplest reflex mechanism: popular outrage."

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