Views in the debate on quality and reflection in culture and media

Some views expressed by participants in the debate on quality and reflection in
culture and media.

- The information society/digital society has radically changed conditions
for producing media. The media should take this challenge and keep insisting on
quality, starting with local news. In the future we will have to live with both
“citizen journalism” and quality journalism.

- In the field of films the role of Film Festivals is important in promoting
diversity. Films from smaller countries are given a chance – an important
contribution to quality.

- The transition from communism to market economy in Eastern Europe has in
many cases had detrimental effects on quality in the arts, since no authority is
prepared to take the financial responsibility for arts education and arts

- A freelance producer (e.g. in film) is forced to concentrate on quality as
a means of personal development and competition.

- An independent orchestra consisting of very qualified musicians may have
the possibility of producing better quality than a state orchestra.

- Artists and advocates of quality should not make concessions to various
political, social or other non-artistic considerations when producing and
supporting arts. Too many compromises will hurt the quality of arts and weaken
its position as a creative and innovative force in Society.

- There are tendencies in the world of opera (a European specialty) 
that incompetent managers and artistic directors contribute to the undermining
of quality among singers and musicians.

- Quality in media is necessary for the democratic infrastructure of Europe.
Informed citizens are the basis of democracy. It contributes to transparency,
efficiency and trust.

- Quality in culture contributes to social and political awareness.

- Quality in culture and media is also important in the enlargement process
of the EU.

- Quality in culture and media is part of “the European Model”.

- Quality in education is necessary for culture and media and contributes to
European competitiveness.

- Quality in Culture promotes a European identity.

- Plato on quality: High standard of excellence can only be recognized in the
light of long practice.

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