Welcome Europeans! The beginings and city exploration.September 3, 2017 | Aleksandra Swierczynska
Day 1 – Friday – Aleksandra S.
Our adventure with the Check against delivery seminar started on Friday, the 1st of September. It’s already Sunday evening and I wonder… where did those hours go? As so much happened during the weekend, I could swear it wasn’t more than a day. But hey! It’s been three! Time flies here, seriously.
Before our arrival everyone had different fears and expectations regarding this seminar, which we soon shared
on a big borad that reminds us why had we decided to come to the European Academy in Berlin. Since the first minutes I’ve been surprised by the ideas and thoughts of other 15 participants eager to express their views and listen carefully what the rest has to say.
We spent our first day on getting to know each other. With a help of the program moderators – Magda, Ewelina
and Lukas, who came up with few creative games that would make the introduction easier and funnier, we learned our names and backgrounds quickly. Thanks to that, we practically became friends by the time dinner was served. 🙂
Having finished the meal, a few of us went for a walk to the supermarket located nearby. Next, we sat in
an Academy’s garden for a while, just talking and relaxing. Regardless we were pretty tired after many ours
of traveling from our home towns to the capital of Germany, the heart of Europe, we went to our beds with
the excitement of what the following days will bring.
Day 2 – Saturday – Kamilla K
Our day begun from warming up and after that we had “silent discussion”. On each table were put papers with different topics/questions. There were questions like: 1) the EU will come out from the current crisis stronger and more unified. 2) in the age of digital revolution there is no possibility to keep the clear line between public and private. 3) Being European means. 4) Europeans should accept the limitations of civil liberties in the name of security. There were three different tasks for questions, first was write an opinion, second was found the most interesting opinion and make a response and third was to read all opinions and all responses.
After a coffee break we had a workshop named: “challenge yourself! Introduction to the journalist writting” with journalist from “treffpunkteuropa”. At the end of his speech, he asked us to choose up and try to play roles of interviewee/person who was interviewed/somebody should play a role of audience.
On the Second half of the day we all get an envelopes with different tasks. Main idea was going to the city center, discover Berlin and found people with whom we should make an interview. Almost each group has a different city tour with a different guiding there. But all groups had the same task. Our main question was: How does the media form opinions on past or current events.
After our research we made a conclusion that there’s no doubt about the influence of the media on what people think. We’ve found out that there are three kind of people: 1. not intrested in politics at all. 2. interested in political/social/etc. events but not ableto recognize the bias of the media. 3. interested in political/social/etc. events and ableto critically form their own opinions
The media uses different social techniques to influence people, for example by filtering the information they give.
After a long trip we all met at the restaurant in the center of Berlin and discussed all what each of us found out. 🙂
Day 3 – Sunday – Claire P.
After a warming up by the Polish Group we started the day with somehow trying to put a presentation together. In the beginning we did not really have the feeling that it would work out, that we would have a result that makes somehow sense because of so many different voices from different people – it seemed difficult to find a common factor.
In the end of Saturday we had been really tired, there was so much different material that we collected. But in the end it worked out and we managed to find at least some commonalities on which we could base the presentation.
During lunch break I was asked whether I feel safe in Germany. I am wondering whether people in e.g. Czech Republic think that Germany became less safe because of the Migration Crisis because I don’t have the impression it did so. Concerning subjects like the Migration Crisis the issue of this seminar becomes even more important because it seems like in other countries the information is not spread in a way it is done in Germany. Another czech girl told me she had heard in the media that German journalists don’t inform the Germans about everything but leave out negative details about refugees. I was pretty surprised about such a negative presentation of German journalists.
Time for the presentation: Our guest was Olga Chladkovà from the ARD German TV, Studio Brussels who made her long way from Brussels to Berlin and back again just for us.
Some of the presentations treated the same or similar questions but nevertheless I was surprised how much they differed from eachother and how variegated they were – some where making a comparison between the influence of the media in different countries in Europe, others where not only looking at digital media but also on “analog” media like information boards at sights in Berlin, …
Olga Chladkovà gave us feedback, told us about her experiences with the german/polish/Czech politicians and journalists and answered our questions.
I found her answer about the future of mass media interesting when she said that it does have a future but only if journalists continue to do their work in a proper way and comply with certain standards.
Since she was talking about the website linksunten.indymedia being forbidden, I asked her what she thinks how politics will handle Facebook pages spreading so-called news which did never happen in that way but spread “Hatespeech” especially in regard to the Migration Crisis. I understood that she thinks forbidding or deleting these pages might not work because there will always be new pages popping up. Instead one should think about not using (or at least not only) Facebook for reading the news or learning about current events but use serious News websites.