Blanca de Lizaur, PhD, MA, BA, Content specialist.

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No transaction without TRUST; <em>no trust without evidence of VALUES</em> –But WHOSE values…?

No transaction without TRUST; no trust without evidence of VALUES –But WHOSE values…?

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1. The 2012 Edelman Trust Barometer [summary regarding Spain] [global summary in English] , the conclusions of which are presented in this video, shows a major drop in credibility and trust, towards almost all institutions, in practically all of the countries included in the study. That said, what's new…? Let us examine a few press headlines from the last three years, chosen at random, to understand what set off this crisis in trust, and the way it is affecting the media: “MGM Studio Files Bankruptcy; Eyes Lender Takeover” [MGM Studios, producers of the James Bond franchise, declare bankruptcy in court]; Jonathan Stempel; Gerald E. McCormick & Dave Zimmerman, eds.; El Economista.es; Nov. / 3 / 2010. “The Music Industry is Dying a Slow Death. Not just because of illegal downloa
THE POWER OF SOUND –…by its effects you shall know it;  talk by Julian Treasure

THE POWER OF SOUND –…by its effects you shall know it; talk by Julian Treasure

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When one of us wants to communicate with others, we figure out how we can make use of the resources at our disposal, to do so. This means that for purposes of communication, a series of processes aimed ultimately at the expression of our message are deployed –causing it to reach the person we want to receive it–. We have many ways to achieve this. For example: We can express ourselves using sounds, voice, gestures, actions, and by illustration (through the use of images, alphabets, ideograms or codes); as well as through dramatizations… And regardless of whether this is achieved using natural or artifical means (or methods, or technologies), new or old ones –like electronic media and mobile devices–. What matters here, is not so much which means we choose, as what message we are e
SOCIALNOMICS ™, the social-media revolution -an exercise for TUNING UP OUR ABILITIES AS EXPERT READERS

SOCIALNOMICS ™, the social-media revolution -an exercise for TUNING UP OUR ABILITIES AS EXPERT READERS

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An intense, vertiginous, hallucinating, captivating,  ...and absolutely partial video about social networks. The information it gathers is impressive and important, indeed.  But it falls into an old trap: It focuses only and triumphantly on the positive aspects of this phenomenum, and closes its eyes at the negative ones -like the risks it implies, too. Only truth frees us; and a true image of reality must show both its lights and its shadows.  When someone omits half or part of this image -no matter which one they hide, that person or institution is hiding from us information we need to take into account. We need to remain neutral -that is: in touch with the whole of reality, with both and all parts of it, in order to make good decisions -those that will actually help us survive
Steven Pinker: THE PRESENT FAILURE OF ELITE ART TO ATTRACT US  is linked to the blank slate theory.

Steven Pinker: THE PRESENT FAILURE OF ELITE ART TO ATTRACT US is linked to the blank slate theory.

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In his book The blank slate; the modern denial of human nature (published in 2002), Steven Pinker, MIT and Harvard neurolinguist, gathers scientific evidence that all humans are born with innate traits, which are inherent to our species. In the present talk, Pinker remembers this book and how everyone around him expected it to generate an irated, intense, reaction against –which it did.  Implicitly, Pinker thus accepts the impressive pressure that is exercised over researchers, university teachers and thinkers in general, in order to prevent them from standing for anything that may adversely affect current agendas (political, economic, social...) –their limits differing broadly from the ones most people think. In other words:  Intelectual leaders are subject to the same pressur
When and WHY MASS MEDIA DIE

When and WHY MASS MEDIA DIE

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1st International Conference ‘A favor de lo mejor’ [In favour of what is best, in media], National Auditorium, Mexico City, D.F. Panel: The horizon ahead (for mass media), April, 21st, 1999, 5pm. Transcription --corrected by author: ¿WHEN AND WHY MEDIA DIE...? Along the centuries, many wars have been fought on paper;let us now talk about those spontaneously fought by consumers... I have very little time to convey to you the results of 14 years of research –14 years during which I have studied what people want to see and hear in the media. Today I will present what I consider the most surprising conclusion arising from my work, something even I could not anticipate at the outset of my studies. I will limit myself to the discussion of this one discovery, because you, my au
Steven Pinker: On language and thought, …AND THE PREEMINENCE OF CONTENTS IN MEDIA

Steven Pinker: On language and thought, …AND THE PREEMINENCE OF CONTENTS IN MEDIA

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In 2007 Steven Pinker, MIT-Harvard neurolinguist, published The Stuff of thought, which complements his magnum The language instinct. Anyone interested in understanding human language and thought, and the miracle of the human word, will enjoy these two books, as well as the present video. Here, Pinker examines the way our human languages work, how they express what happens in our minds, and how the words we choose communicate much more than what we realize we are telling.  He also indicates that through analyzing human languages, we can come to understand both our species and our minds –our nature. The price Pinker pays to stand for the universality of the human species –for the existence of a series of common traits that are innate to us by nature,  is ideological, as ideological is
The evolution of the INTERNET and its social networks in SPAIN, by David Soler

The evolution of the INTERNET and its social networks in SPAIN, by David Soler

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A public relations and advertising expert talks about how the internet and social networks have evolved in Spain, and how they have changed our lives.  He is clearly partial to them, but knows his subject and offers impressive numbers. One does wonder, however, why when we talk about media, it is so difficult to find someone who doesn't fall for the old trap of seeing them as either 100% evil (those whom Umberto Eco would call "apocaliptic"), or 100% good (those whom Eco would call "integrated"), when like every other human reality, media are only means we can use for better or for worse. If we want to put together the true image of reality, then we need to gather both the lights and the shadows it presents to us. We already have the lights; we now need to look for the shadows, in order
The new-media revolution shows glimpses of THE NEW CONFRONTATION: That of MENTALITIES

The new-media revolution shows glimpses of THE NEW CONFRONTATION: That of MENTALITIES

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This video gives way to multiple interpretations. What few people would comment on, however, is its gnostic origin.  Signals are all around it: From the word Prometheus to the eye in the triangle; to the astounding initial statement that every human being is a god, and that through the internet he/she will become omnipresent, omnisapient (will know everything and all of us), and allmighty... Or the statement that each of us builds his/her own reality and identity, temporarily, mutating even in contradictory ways, and for a low or high –but always painful, price (in the realm of Gnosticism, not even friendship is free...). This kind of signals are key to decoding its message efficiently, and to take a knowing and responsible stance in regards to the phenomena we are living. Despite