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The media and their many problems: KIOSKS SLOW DEATH

The media and their many problems: KIOSKS SLOW DEATH

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We find some foreign cities both amazing and disappointing. Their broad boulevards, mile-long blocks, mirrored buildings, cleanliness and order, amaze us. Their barren sidewalks, cold coffee shops (literally freezing, since the air conditioning is used to “drive” people out, so other customers can occupy the tables quickly), and the lack of the bustle and chatter of people are ...disenchanting. Seeing somebody else on the street, in fact, doesn't make one feel safer; it may even scare you. Our cities have “life” because there are people out walking, musicians, street markets, people at their windows, human groups of all ages chatting excitedly ─or just playing─, newsstands, touts, con artists everywhere…; and coffee shops or food stalls along the sidewalks and in the squares, with temperat
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
MARGINALIZED LITERATURE, a new vision of an everlasting cultural issue

MARGINALIZED LITERATURE, a new vision of an everlasting cultural issue

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This article is devoted to a literary and cultural format that has existed for centuries, not as a particular or singular work, but rather as a constant perpetuation of definable narrative schemas –schemas that always adapted to the latest technology available. . In the realm of “elite” culture, it is considered acceptable to discuss, for example, the timeless nature of art or the validity of the slogan ars pro artis (art for art's sake), since, as Souto says, there is a certain “timelessness in art, that cleanly demarcates the author's interests, as they fade away in the light of the poetic reality by which the work transcends.[1] In the realm of popular culture, however, we do not talk –perhaps– about timeless works, so much as timeless schemas: There is nothing as short-lived a
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
THE MYSTERIOUS CASE OF THE MISSING SPECTATOR has little to do with the Digital Revolution

THE MYSTERIOUS CASE OF THE MISSING SPECTATOR has little to do with the Digital Revolution

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An important producer mentioned his concern that film –as in the complete experience of going to the cinema– was dying. There has been a progressive, constant and noteworthy decline in the number of spectators going to the movies over the last 30 years (not necessarily in the amount of money generated by these spectators, as box office prices have raised enormously during the same period).   In part, he blamed the economic crisis; but more importantly –and along with many others in the business, he blamed “videos” for the audience decline.  Who would want to go out to the movie theater when you can enjoy the film right at home, for free or for little? Of course this sounds both logical and reasonable; however it lacks appropriate contextualization. Why?  If “videos” were the only culpri
O, YEE PROUD PRINTED LETTER…!, or How we have come to forget the worth and value of orality and “normality” in the last 100 years.

O, YEE PROUD PRINTED LETTER…!, or How we have come to forget the worth and value of orality and “normality” in the last 100 years.

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. An incredible but true story... - I -             I once was told that many years ago, the Mexican Ministry of Education undertook an important mission: That of measuring the I.Q. (Intellectual Quotient) of our indigenous peoples, in order to adequate our school system’s curricula and conditions to their real needs.  A large number of teachers, psychologists and pedagogues armed themselves with batteries of written tests, and set themselves to the task. The results, however, couldn’t have been more disheartening: Most communities sampled –according to the experts, scored so low, that we should consider our “Mexican Indians” to be intellectually disabled...! The project and its results were quickly silenced and buried. No-one dared to publish its “discoveries”, yet no-one could tell
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
NO RETURN ADDRESS? Then how can we tell your message is trustworthy…

NO RETURN ADDRESS? Then how can we tell your message is trustworthy…

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            Anonymous messages…  –most of us distrust them.             When we talk about letters, we are suspicious of those that reach us without a signature and a return-address.  When we talk about general information, we tend to distrust rumours, because we don’t know who started them and what they are expecting to obtain through them.  And anonymity constitutes, as well, the main difference between a pamphlet and a legally distributed magazine –magazines are required by law to include information about who publishes them, and where these persons can be located, so that both you and the authorities can reach them if necessary.             This proves particularly important when you talk about electronic media, because of their massive and indiscriminate reach.  In regards to tradit
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
Everything YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO LEARN ABOUT YOUR VOICE…, but couldn’t find whom to ask!

Everything YOU ALWAYS WANTED TO LEARN ABOUT YOUR VOICE…, but couldn’t find whom to ask!

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Dedicated to Claudio Lenk (r.i.p.), Roxana Coll, Ignacio Cobeta, Víctor Osma, and Concha Doñaque. - I - Our voices have an almost magical power to attract or repel other people. And in many indigenous cultures –oral and rural ones, a person's voice is that person –it reflects their soul, their essence, their self. “There is no index of character so sure as the voice” (Benjamín Disraeli). For those of us who use our voices in our professional lives (teachers, actors, singers, salespeople, therapists, speakers, politicians, street vendors, receptionists, and many more), our voices are everything. We must educate them, mold them, and train them, lest –if we do not– we irreversibly damage or even lose them (nodules, polyps, edema, aphonia, dysphonia, etc.). Yet..., it is very difficul
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
ARTICLES THAT INTEREST EVERYBODY (both creators and consumers)

ARTICLES THAT INTEREST EVERYBODY (both creators and consumers)

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When we study colective aesthetics --like those modelling most popular and folk literatures, there is no way we can divorce the creator from his/her audience. Mass media, just like folk tales, feed precisely from this rich catalogue of cultural elements we all own, as we explained in one of our articles ("A test about media...").  And because of this, creators must redefine themselves as spokesperson of their audiences' values, ideas and beliefs, identify with his/her readers/viewers/listeners, think the way they do, feel with them, and create for and with them. That is why it becomes so difficult to separate those articles that may interest creators, from those that may interest their audiences.  And that is whay we have gatheres articles that interest both of them in this section: