EARTH HOUR 2016: SWITCH ON YOUR SOCIAL POWER

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When: March 19, 2016 from 8:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Our World
How: Switch off Your Lights and Switch on Your Social Power
Who: All of Us, Together as One
Why: to Not Take Anything for Granted, and Be Grateful

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement for the planet organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).

It was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Today, Earth Hour engages a massive mainstream community on a broad range of environmental issues. The one-hour event continues to remain the key driver of the now larger movement.

Earth Hour 2015 took place on Saturday, March 28, as always between 8:30 and 9:30 pm local time. It is held in March to coincide with the equinox signaling the beginning of spring, in the Northern hemisphere. The March equinox marks the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from south to north.

The tagline for the global campaign was “Change Climate Change”, returning to the movement’s original focus to initiate citizen action on global warming. A day before the event, over 170 countries and territories had confirmed their participation; with more than 1200 landmarks and close to 40 UNESCO world heritage sites set for the switch off.

More than anything, Earth Hour is symbolic. But it’s the type of symbolism that launches a message we need to share as powerfully as we can right now: Oh, this winter has been so “pleasantly warm” this year. Well, here’s the message: that’s just wrong.

Enjoy your candlelit dinner, or the beam of sunlight reflected by the moon. The real Light, well that one you can find even in the darkest places.

Whatever you do, think how lucky you are to have the opportunity to reverse the direction of a vicious cycle into a virtuous one.

For the occasion, use the hashtags  #yourpower and #changeclimatechange.

And now, enjoy this short video message. Thank you.

17 APRILE: FACCIAMOCI SENTIRE!

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Questo dovrebbe essere l’inizio di un movimento. Sembra una frase fatta, probabilmente lo è, ma il 17 aprile si terrà un ‪#‎referendum‬ in Italia, lo sapevate!? Riguarda la possibilità di continuare a ‪#‎trivellare‬ i nostri mari al di là delle 12 miglia dalla costa (principalmente quella Adriatica).

Innanzitutto ANDIAMO a votare così che si raggiunga il quorum (nel raggiungerlo né il governo né di conseguenza i media ci aiuteranno), e votiamo SÌ se vogliamo fermare le trivellazioni. Dopotutto, c’è qualcuno che se la sentirebbe di essere la/il ‪#‎SarahPalin‬ versione italiana?!? Ne va di noi, del nostro pianeta, e delle famose generazioni future ora talmente evocate nella sfera pubblica che non hanno quasi più valore. “Drill baby drill” è un’affermazione preistorica. Priva di senso. Questo è l’inizio di una campagna. Uniamo le forze.
Data: 17 aprile 2016.
Andiamo tutti a votar in massa, forse questa volta il nostro voto avrebbe una senso, se il quorum viene raggiunto. Come invece ormai da tempo non accade per le elezioni politiche, dove la maggior parte delle persone hanno perso ogni speranza. Il referendum è diverso. Abroghiamo, cancelliamo quello che non ci va. Se ci credere, condividete.
#NOtrivellazioni #votoSiperdireNO #17aprile

Per capirne e per saperne di più, cliccate qui:
Cosa prevede il referendum sulle trivelle (Fonte: Internazionale, 24 Febbraio 2016)

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POLITICS ISN’T WORKING? LOOK AT THE MEDIA

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AS IT IS FREQUENTLY ARGUED, ‘POLITICS ISN’T WORKING’ AND THE MEDIA HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO A ‘CRISIS IN POLITICAL COMMUNICATIONS’ CREATING AUDIENCES WHO ARE POLITICALLY CYNICAL OR APATHETIC.

“What’s going on now in journalism is what I call the Studio 54 phenomenon – pushing the envelope, seeing how far we can go before we close the place down. It seems to be an unwritten rule to see how much we can get away with as journalists. I don’t believe there is moral decay in society. And I don’t believe the Lewinsky scandal and the coverage of it indicated such decay. I think we are better off than we were in the ‘50s. And like Studio 54, I think human nature will tell us when it’s time to close down.”

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STARDOM AND AUTHENTICITY

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IN POPULAR REPRESENTATIONS OF STARDOM/ CELEBRITY, THE STAGING OF ‘REVELATIONS’ SETS UP THE PROMISE OF ESTABLISHING THE STAR’S AUTHENTICITY BEYOND THEIR PUBLIC IMAGE.’ WHY IS THE SEARCH FOR ‘THE AUTHENTIC’ CULTURALLY SIGNIFICANT?

The matter of authenticity in our so called post-modern society is of great interest, in that it cuts through a number of satellite issues: in a media saturated age, it relates to art, audience reception, democracy, accessibility to information, education, politics and so on. The point is that with the rising importance of Fourth Estate, in its dialectics with ideology, it becomes harder and harder to discern the fake from the real, the authentic from the manufactured.

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WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO THE WATCHDOG ROLE OF THE FOURTH ESTATE?

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DO THE MEDIA NOW SERVE TO UNDERMINE AMERICAN DEMOCRACY?

On a flight to Egypt a few weeks ago I was handed over a copy of the International Herald Tribune. A couple of paragraphs in the section ‘Briefly – United States’ in the bottom left corner of page 9 caught my attention:

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IL DIBATTITO SULLE CARCERI IN ITALIA

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Di carceri mi sono occupato ormai da qualche anno, ne ho visitate varie e ho cercato di raccontarle attraverso il video. Una delle sfide principali della lotta che portano avanti i Radicali al riguardo è la comunicazione. L’aborto o il divorzio toccano (almeno potenzialmente) una stragrande maggioranza della società: tutti probabilmente conosciamo qualcuno che ha abortito o divorziato, ma (fortunatamente) quasi nessuno di noi è stato in carcere o conosce qualcuno che vi è stato.

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THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF NEWS: CHOMSKY AND HERMAN

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CONSIDER THE PROPAGANDA MODEL AS PRESENTED BY CHOMSKY & HERMAN IN MANUFACTURING CONSENT. IDENTIFY ITS STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES AS A TOOL FOR UNDERSTANDING AND EVALUATING PROCESSES OF JOURNALISTIC PRODUCTION.

‘…manufacture of consent is capable of great refinements… and the opportunities for manipulation open to anyone who understands the process are plain enough.’
Lippmann, W. (1922) Public Opinion.

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