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Bruno Giussani

European Director, TED


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Which relevant/important events currently unfolding around the world are being ignored by the media? Why are they relevant?

Open a newspaper or watch a newscast, and along with a couple of important news (say, Egypt and Tunisia) and a couple of surprising and insightful stories, you will read or hear a lot of irrelevant stuff. Yet world-changing and life-altering events are happening all the time around the world - just not where the media are focusing their lenses (I'm not suggesting active censorship here - just a structural problem in the way "news" is identified, selected and distributed). What are the events currently unfolding, anywhere in the world, of any kind, that are 1) underreported 2) regionally or globally truly relevant 3) may have a broad impact and 4) people should know about?


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  • Mar 3 2011: The events of the day seem to be dealt with in the media much more after a crisis has occurred. I liken it to the hawkers on the road seeing what accident has caused them a problem. They have taken no steps (nor will they) to see what can be done to repar possible problem states, they will merely go on watching the slower traffic. This is negative, I know, but I have seen it for decades.

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