Greece is burning. A cursory search in Thomson-Reuters and EBSCO using
the subject terms “Greece”, “Greek” “economy” and expansions thereof,
results in 1315 articles in international media, between January 2010
and today, which largely portray Greece negatively.

Especially the editorials.

There are over 6000 Greek Professors worldwide with the knowledge and
the ability to provide sound rebuttals, or at least, a defense of
Greece, in the “comments” sections underneath the articles.

Instead, the commentaries by readers are full of anti-Greek stereotypes
to the point of defamation.

As these articles and comments further shape the opinion of Greece and
Greeks, the 6000 Greek Professors sit idly behind their computer
screens, CROSSPOSTING those very articles with provocations, in fora
such as the HEC Professors and ACTION, to the tune of “Τα Σχολια σας
Παρακαλω! Your Comments Please” and”Πειτε μας τη γνωμη σας!”.

To endlessly consume and discuss articles and editorials written by
others, the brainpower of the Greek professors could be put to the service of Greece and the ERODING GREEK IMAGE by active participation in
those “commentary” sections underneath the offensive articles.

A few months ago, when the challenge was issued to the 6000 Greek
professors, ONLY TEN responded in the affirmative to respond and to be
proactive on the GREEK IMAGE IN THE MEDIA. TEN OUT OF SIX THOUSAND!!!!!!

This absurd and sad and PATHETIC position by the Greek professors can be
put into perspective in considering this:

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/21/nyregion/ultra-orthodox-jews-hold-rally-on-internet-at-citi-field.html?_r=1

The point should not be lost on why the community group gathered (i.e.
for what reason) but THAT THEY GATHERED for an issue that is not of
central importance to their core outreach and IMAGE.

The Greek Professors have failed. They have failed Greece and they have
failed the IMAGE OF GREEKS.

I will not end this note with “Τα Σχολια σας Παρακαλω!Your Comments
Please”, but I will end it with an admonishment, at least to the Greek
Professors in North America (those that care anyway), to, even at this
last second, to move and become media activists to improve (at this time
it is actually to defend) the image of Greeks.

Nick Giannoukakis

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