Russia is one of the most literary countries in the world. Skepticism and irony are two of its people's chief characteristics. Its popular culture encompasses everything from cheap soap operas and crime dramas, to high intellectual discussions aired on prime time TV. The language is 90% subtext, while the historical perspective is almost five times longer than that of the United States. Currently, Russia is a former empire that is, once again in its 1,200 year history, directly and intensively asking itself the existential questions of its identity and future. How does the country's media reflect all of this? What do Russians hear and see on TV, radio and Internet? And what do they make of what they are told? In the second of a series of talks on Russia, NYOS's resident Russia expert Daniel Veksler (host of Understand Russia) explores the highs and lows, the codes and subtleties, the ins, outs and what-have-yous of contemporary Russian media and its cultural context.
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