A new video series from the Gray Lady, “The Interpreter” deciphers major concepts & current issues. In this first episode, two reporters explore why the idea of democracy seems suddenly so fragile around the globe.

A mix of animated graphics, stock footage and studio shots, the 6-minute format is frankly one of the best executed I’ve come to see lately, and a fresh take on the overused concept of “explainer videos”.

Some readers were not exactly convinced — too much style, not enough substance (‘How would you define democracy?’). Let’s say The Interpreter is very interesting as it feels like a next-generation short doc — both entertaining and insightful. Let’s hope it can resist oversimplifying complex debates.

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