Der Scheidepunkt – Ken Jebsen at Potsdamer Platz
Hundreds gathered on the 31st of March for a second attempt to assert some global issues involving disparity in the media lens and which government has a right to monitor our behavior. As someone who doesn’t pay much attention to newscasts about the volatile nature of international politics, it is often appealing to side with “conspiracy” toned claims about the corporate influence over media. The facts are difficult to pull from a public reporting medium that is so popularly targeted for its biases. The host of Mondays’ Potsdamer Platz demonstration, Ken Jebsen (born Moustafa Kashefi), was a wry and spirited articulator of dissatisfaction towards public media platforms. The event pulled a crowd of over 600 people, who largely supported his talking points. In the hour long staccato speech Jebsen paralleled the Occupy platform and his focus spanned: income disparity, corporate funding for news syndicates, NSA involvement overseas, the relevance of privacy on Facebook and Twitter, Germany’s complaisance in the antagonistic portrayal of Russian involvement in Crimea from American interests, and the Berlin governments’ interest in funding an expensive new airport (which purportedly aims to heighten the traffic of foreigners in order to serve government gains). A lot of attention was paid to the American interest in spiting Russia as a foe to German people, and asked the people to consider who their neighbours are; making reference to the period when Mohammed Ali was asked to fight in the Vietcong he refused the premise of supporting American soldiers in a foreign civil war saying, “I have no problem with the Vietnamese. No Vietnamese ever called me nigger.” As a media figure Jebsen has come under professional criticism in the past, which may easily be separated from the demonstrations purpose, but may contribute to a polarized public stance on the subject. Jebsen worked with a pen and an eye on the world for over thirty years and was on the Fritz radio – RBB network for a decade. However, his controversial opinions led RBB to distance itself from his work and subsequently contributed the movement to his current freelancer status (under the pseudonym KenFm). Although he has his own crowd funded internet news forum, he garnered attention from Der Tagesspiegel placing him in the category “conspiracy theorists”.
With such a wide range of topics the speech may strike truth for many and fill them, simultaneously, with doubt and questions; however, sharing these subjects often encourages critical thinkers to explore further.