TERRORISMO E DISOCCUPAZIONE

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È il momento del dolore, ma permettetemi un’osservazione.

In queste occasioni i politici tendono ad enfatizzare il classico “loro” contro di “noi”, con le solite frasi di rito del tipo “Loro ci vogliono togliere la libertà”. Lo si sente ogni volta che tragici fatti come quelli di oggi accadono. Vero – un rischio di riduzione di alcune libertà ci sarebbe se, ad esempio, venissero introdotte restrizioni per prevenire attacchi terroristitici molto drastiche, come il chiudere le frontiere interne, quindi meno libertà (o facilità) di movimento, di andare a scuola, di farsi curare. Molto più difficile togliere la libertà di pensiero (l’unico modo di fare questo è uccidere una persona, si pensi, banalmente, a Socrate), e, ormai, di espressione (parlando di Occidente).

Allora, i giornalisti chiedono: come si possono sconfiggere questi terroristi?

Sappiamo che molti di questi terroristi responsabili di attacchi in Europa erano/sono europei. L’asse terroristico Parigi-Bruxelles è formato da giovani cresciuti nei quartieri più poveri delle due città, quelli che ti offrono meno possibilità di ottenere una buona istruzione, o un lavoro.

Nella zona euro, che comprende attualmente 19 Paesi, si è registrato nel 2014 un tasso di disoccupazione pari all’11,4%.

Ovvero 38,76 milioni di disoccupati su 340 milioni di abitanti.

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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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È TUTTO COSÌ OVVIO

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(Soggetto video: Jacopo Naldi, Tommaso Moretti)

È tutto così semplice, ovvio, in realtà. Una di quelle questioni per cui tra 50 anni (per essere generoso) ci guarderemo alle spalle e diremo: ma veramente abbiamo sperperato così tanto tempo a dibattere dell’ovvio? Mi spiego.

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PORNOGRAPHY, MEDIA VIOLENCE AND CENSORSHIP

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‘THE LIBERAL VIEW OF CENSORSHIP PROVIDES CONTEMPORARY PRODUCERS OF FILM AND TELEVISION THE LICENCE THEY NEED, TO INCORPORATE PORNOGRAPHIES. THESE INCLUDE THE GRAPHIC DEPICTIONS OF SEX ITSELF, BUT EXTENDS TO COVER SEXUAL ABUSE, PHYSICAL VIOLENCE AND TORTURE. THESE SEQUENCES ARE FREQUENTLY ENACTED TOWARDS THOSE WHO ARE OTHERWISE TRADITIONALLY MARGINALIZED’.

The Durango-95 purred away real horror show – a nice, warm vibraty feeling all through your guttiwuts. Soon, it was trees and dark, my brothers, with real country dark. We filled around for a while with other travellers of the night, playing hogs of the road. Then we headed west, what we were after now was the old surprise visit. That was a real kick and good for laughs and lashings of the old ultra violence.
Alex (voice-over) – A Clockwork Orange, 1971

My being raped moved something in me so deeply that I could no longer look at it: I’d had a fear of men all of my life. [America woman]
Women Viewing Violence, p. 15

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PASOLINI: REALITY PRECISELY AS IT IS

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NEOREALISM WAS THE KEY INFLUENCE IN POST-WAR ITALIAN CINEMA. ITS STATED AIM WAS TO BRING AUDIENCES TO ‘THINK ABOUT REALITY PRECISELY AS IT IS’ (ZAVATTINI).

I was twenty, not even – eighteen,
nineteen… and I had been alive for a century,
a whole lifetime
consumed by the pain of the fact
that I would never be able to give my love
if not to my hand, or to the grass of ditches
or maybe to the earth of an unguarded tomb…
Twenty and, with its human history and its cycle
of poetry, a life had ended.
(from Pier Paolo Pasolini, A Desperate Vitality)

On the one hand, without a doubt neorealism was the key influence in post-war Italian cinema.

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THE BODY IS A CULTURAL CONSTRUCTION

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A fundamental concept in the history of medicine is the body. A basic definition of medicine is “the science and art dealing with the maintenance of health and the prevention, alleviation, or cure of disease.” That is, medicine deals with the body. But what exactly do we mean by the word “body?” Is it an objective, biological, clearly defined entity, or is it a cultural construction?

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE “MODERN”?

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“Walls and spheres and immobility! For two thousand years people have believed that the sun and all the stars of heaven rotate around mankind. Pope, cardinals, princes, professors, captains, merchants, fishwives and schoolkids thought they were sitting motionless inside this crystal sphere. But now we are breaking out of it, Andrea, at full speed. Because the old days are over and this is a new time. For the last hundred years mankind has seemed to be expecting something. Our cities are cramped, and so are men’s minds. Superstition and the plague” (B. Brecht, Life of Galileo).

“Imagine a man, who as here has laid his ear as it were on the heart chamber of the world-will, who feels the mad desire for existence flow outwards into all the veins of the world in the form of a thundering torrent or of the gentlest spraying brook, should such a man not suddenly shatter into pieces?” (F. Nietzsche, Birth of Tragedy)

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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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