Greek Street Art: The Wake Up Call

Freelance journalist Kostas Kallergis has created a short documentary about political graffiti art in Greece called The Wake Up Call. He describes it as “…an instant photo of Athens today. A photo in which one can see the urban art, the discontent, the politics, the dissent and, more discreetly than the rest, the pessimism.”

16 minutes, 14 seconds.

The Wake Up Call (English subtitles) from Kostas Kallergis on Vimeo.

It’s also a reminder that the crisis in Greece is afflicting flesh and blood PEOPLE. It’s become clear to me that Western mainstream reporting devotes much of its time to analyzing what Angela Merkel said yesterday when talking about Greece. The official eyes of the world avert their gaze from the country’s people.

I blame the laws of journalistic science which apply to that version of manicured reality that is manufactured for broadcast at the strongest signal.

It goes like this: When a story reports on a problem rooted in human suffering, and where there is a corporate media, then the output reinforces the message that profit has more importance THAN people – and corporations unquestionably have more power than people. Those who obey this unnatural law anticipate preferential treatment. Sometimes “preferential treatment” equals little more than survival. Most of us acknowledge that we exist within a post-2008 economic meltdown that amounts to global robbery. Why not acknowledge that this state of being requires a robbery of – well let’s call it “truth”. It is a subtle thuggery. Keep your heads down, keep your eyes on the Dow Jones, and nobody (in your part of the world) gets hurt.

The more The Press refuses to be a witness to this crime – to any crime – the more it becomes the robber’s lookout.

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Follow Kostas Kallergis’ blog at When the Crisis Hit the Fan


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