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Sarai Reader 04, Crisis / Media
Every day, 'official' media shape the public opinion on the endless 'normalization' of wars and, with their continuous production of images of war and death, anaesthetize our consciences with fast sequences of visual panic, rapidly cut before its tragic consequence. Instability, that is, the more or less permanent crisis, is analyzed in this fourth yearly reader produced by the indian collective Sarai, using the same weapons, but in the opposite direction. This rich text collects mostly unheard voices who live and tell, from their point of view, what they have seen and studied, without the haughtiness of the 'special correspondents'. These voices are among the few who can speak about the conflicts as seen from the inside, describing the facts and the manipulations. Essay after essay, the choices imposed by media propaganda (for or against a president, a war, an ideology or a religion and its followers) are broken in tens of necessary reflections. This way, a complex discourse can be put together and become an object of reflection and confrontation, breaking up the killer speed of screamed news and shallow television reports, and the road to a different conscience and a different (counter)information, as much effective and lasting, can be found again.