With traditional news companies struggling to make necessary structural changes, conditions are ripe for innovation. New media outlets are forming to meet demands created by shifting habits of news consumption. And technology is an enabler of these innovations, providing the means for solutions in a struggling economy.
Yes, change is slow. The architecture of the Greek news ecosystem remains. TV is still king for Greeks aged 50 and above in terms of news consumption. Many prefer the worldview offered by traditional newspapers.
But many younger Greeks are engaging in new patterns of information consumption, most of which revolve around digital content. A few noteworthy ways Greek journalists are meeting these demands:
Blogs for Serious News Consumption …
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The hospital as a militant resistance center (against the capitalist barbarism)by Leta Zotaki (translated by Anna Kokkinidou)The occupation of a hospital constitutes a political act that does not take place so often or at least did not use to take place so often, up to the present. That is the reason why the occupation of the Kilkis General Hospital received such a great publicity. Nevertheless the rarity of such a phenomenon is probably a paradox as a hospital is a privileged place of occupation and resistance.As our comrade, composer Spyros Raftopoulos states “The premises of a hospital constitute a fertile room of resistance. That is because the attempts to subdue the effort fail when they face the impassable of the treatment areas due to the lack of a medical license that would permit them to enter. Those attempts tumble against the jurisdiction and the discretion of the medical personnel as well as against the fundamental guarantees for the unimpeded exercise of the medical duties. Likewise such efforts are weakened in the face of matters that deal with human and personal rights, the Medical Code of Ethics etc.” The subversive content of this attitude has worked as a key-factor in our resolution to resist against the devaluation of the Kilkis General Hospital and of the National Health System in general, in a more dynamic way than the one used in the stereotypical forms of resistance (strikes, stoppage, marches, demonstrations etc). The occupation demonstrated that the hospital may well remain absolutely functional when administrated by its own personnel, may perfectly correspond to the treatment needs of the patients by providing to all citizens, invariably, sound and free medical advice and services. In the same manner the hospital has proved that it may equally serve as a model of resistance by activating the collectivity of the community and by sensitizing the overall society over an invaluable social good which calls for protection, the free public health.
Τhe correspondence of the world within Greece and beyond has been tremendous. We received many support messages from other hospitals, from colleagues, universities, fraternities, the Greek Diaspora, from other EU citizens, the USA, Latin America, Asia, Australia, namely from all over the world. The world wanted us to go on and there were many who insisted that we went on in every way. They told us not to surrender, they offered their solidarity, their love and support and they also wanted to offer material help but we politely said no. We only asked them to consider if they could do the same. Many among them have asked and still ask us to refer to our experience in detail, seek advice and invite us to talk to their assemblies, while some hospitals abroad consider proposing a process of twinning.
Thus, even if we had not managed anything more, the least we did is to arouse interest in the face of practical resistance potentials when dealing with the disastrous storm of capitalism and neoliberalism, proving that resistance may be carried out in numerous ways and in several places, at work, at public and private spaces, while the only thing needed is solidarity, imagination and faith to the subversion potential against an inhumane system.
The problems of our National Health System have not been resolved, neither did the barbaric invasion halt. Nevertheless we now confirm that we are the strong ones, that we have a thousand different ways of resistance at our disposal, that we will find more. Τhe resistance is enhanced day by day. Resistance in our neighborhood, in our surroundings, at the factory, at school, at the university, at the hospital, at the squares, in all public spaces gets to be gigantic. We are to give great battles in the domain of informing each other beyond the official propaganda channels. We will certainly organize a society of liberty, equality and justice regardless of what all thοse parrots of conservatism command!
It is necessary to overcome the guilt and fear of all the people who have lost their spirits after the antisocial aggressions received during the last two years, when they felt like standing on moving sand, without any professional and financial stability and with their vocational and human rights abolished on a daily basis.
We need to persuade the members of this society to seize being the legitimate subjects at the reign of human exploitation, we need to invite them to stand against the power, to leave their couch or armchair, turn off their TV and get informed from alternative media sources. We need to urge them to consider the matters, to discuss with other people, to undertake the responsibility of every little choice they make, to follow and intensify their struggle at the workplace, at the squares, without protectors, without political party support, without ideological blindfolds.
We have tried and still try to contribute with our decisions and actions, at and beyond the hospital, to activate not only our own field but also the wider community, to reinforce the social will for collective action, through our solidarity and confidence. Along with our partners and comrades of all the Greek hospitals and comrades from citizen movements, building occupations, neighborhood assemblies and first-degree syndicates, along with the unemployed and unpaid workers of the private and public sectors, along with the poorly paid employees and pensioners, along with immigrants and every oppressed person we are to rediscover the real meaning of the words “togetherness” and “solidarity”, those words which have been lost for so many years through the dangerous idleness of an ephemeral wealth, through the capitalist fog and the hallucinations of the American dream.
There is no other way to equality and freedom than the road of democracy. Let’s halt the invasion of the political parties and their domination by demonstrating their bankruptcy and the dangerous character of their mediation. No one is really free when others decide on his or her behalf. Let us condemn the parody of the existent parliamentary systems and let’s stop providing its legitimization. Elections cannot save the people, as they have never done in their history. They have never saved it, simply because they support hierarchy. Real citizens should decide for everything on their own. We need self-administration in every case, we need self-government. We need a new democratic regime and a new Constitution, we actually need new democratic constitutions everywhere, we need international cooperation among the peoples and not among the authoritarian governments.
At the Kilkis Hospital, we, the doctors, have resolved to proceed for yet another time, forward in order to expose the governmental cruelty to the eyes of the people. Shortly our co-citizens will discover that our hospital, which the government set out to “reform”, will function only 15 days a month instead of 30. This is due to the fact that the hospital cannot function for the rest of the month because of their resolutions and their budgeting policy, and a person unfortunate enough to get sick or injured during the second fortnight of the month, will have to run to another hospital, at a distance of many kilometers, thus endangering his/her health or even life. This is the reformation they dream about.
We march to the battlefield but we cannot win this war alone. Citizens should be sensitized if they wish to maintain their hospital and free public health. They should stand by our side, as we stand by theirs, we all have to react in common, we should take our lives in our hands and make it better than before. We promise to keep on fighting. The last unanimous resolution of our union (ENIK) signifies neither the beginning nor the end of our efforts. We will always be in the frontline battle along with the most progressive parts of our society, our comrades in the battle who become more and more every day.