Another of the many global media organizations we should meet is France 24, a government-sponsored international news provider that broadcasts in French, English and Arabic.
The outlet reported here on a triumphant and carefully staged concert Tuesday for the survivors of the Nov. 13 terrorist attack in Paris at the Batalan concert hall. The American band Eagles of Death Metal returned to finish the gig and to help their followers recover. Not only was the concert hall locked down and protected but teams of psychological care givers were present to help the concert-goers cope with flashbacks and anxieties.
The band was playing when the shooting began, so the rock therapy may have seemed a necessary step for them, too, before beginning a world tour tomorrow in Munich.
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France 24 — as in 24 hours a day — began in 2006 to ensure that France’s perspectives reached around the world. Read more about France 24 here. This is an example of public diplomacy, which we might term a nation’s own program of cultural public relations. We’ll be studying this next week.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) offers another model for public diplomacy. It’s World Service provides the same function as France 24. And, of course, BBC also covered the concert — with video. See it here.
Germany’s Deutsche Welle — it’s international broadcaster — carried this story, also with some video clips, including a scene that the France 24 story notes from the start of the concert, when the band performed a restorative song about Paris awakening.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United." Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."