As promised, I gonna tell you something about German media landscape. Probably not those interesting facts about media market development after 1945, but some peculiar things.
Like – they like trolling each other. Here you see a facade of TAZ (Die Tageszeitung) in Berlin. Keeping in mind that f(oes)ellow-colleagues from ideologically different Axel-Springer publishing house are watching this facade daily, the TAZ-people put such a nice composition on the wall:
Here you have the chief editor of newspaper BILD Kai Diekmann and some other famous people involved in loud BILD-stories. With their quotes, of course.
Yes, the ratings of BILD are THAT huge. Actually, Diekmann also posed near the picture, showing that he doesn’t really care. And the funniest thing is that this composition has been recognized as piece of art, so it’s almost impossible to demount it. So it’s not that clear who is the loser in this game.
Speaking about Hamburg, I should mention that there are many publishing houses situated there.
Die Zeit (currently they are super successful in comparison with their other competitors):
Hamburger Abendblatt, which used to belong to Axel Springer house, then has been sold, but the main office is still in Springer building.
Where there is such a strict control at the entrance, that one is not allowed even to make photos. So I managed just to shoot this nice Christmas tree, leaving grumpy guards off the record.
After hearing so much about media crisis (because of digitalisation many journalists are losing their jobs), I understood one thing: if you doesn’t think strategically and act proactively, you are dead.
And I wish we also had only such problems in Georgia and Ukraine. Media crisis as peak of all crises. Life depending on habits, like exactly THIS morning newspaper while having breakfast; this calender-determined routine year-round… Will we be the same people then?
Or maybe I have chosen this “Eastern-Europe-how-on-earth-those-countries-are-called” area for living exactly because life here is still really challenging?
I don’t know. The only thing I know is that I’ll spam you will nice Hamburg pictures in the next post. Maybe without any facts.