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

Tag: Influencia/efecto de los medios

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

Multimedia, For everybody, Para:, Videos
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
Have you ever wondered  WHAT “MORBID” CONTENTS ARE?

Have you ever wondered WHAT “MORBID” CONTENTS ARE?

For media people, Para:, Magazine
In our language, and according to the “Diccionario de la Real Academia Española” (Dictionary of the Royal Spanish Academy), morbid means “a change in health [...], illness”. We may deduce that something is morbid when: 1) “it causes illness”, or 2), “causes unhealthy mental [...] reactions”. In English, and according to the Oxford Dictionary, “morbid” refers to someone “ …characterized by an abnormal and unhealthy interest in disturbing and unpleasant subjects, especially death and disease…”. In literary terminology, a morbid device is used to attract people's attention; it's a “hook”. In previous articles we established that works with family-oriented contents, “cleaner”/"more wholesome" ones (that is: those that least violate the values, ideas and beliefs of their target public), t
Little by little, you can grow ACCUSTOMED TO (ALMOST) EVERYTHING!

Little by little, you can grow ACCUSTOMED TO (ALMOST) EVERYTHING!

For media people, Para:, Magazine
There are internationally recognized scientists and thinkers in Mexico.  One of them –and a graduate of our University (UNAM), invented an intravenous serum known as the Sodi polarizing solution, which is commonly used in hospitals all around the world.  I am obviously speaking about Dr. Demetrio Sodi Pallares –may he rest in peace. And all of his research, theories and therapeutic successes arise from a common seminal idea: The certainty that, with respect to our metabolism, an excess of intracellular sodium ions reduces the body’s ability to react adequately to illness. To state this more clearly:  The amount of salt we are used to consume, is bad for our health. A case in point: Western medicine arrived in Kenya long before the Western diet did.  Thanks to this, medical records ha
A test about media, YOU JUST WILL LOVE TO ANSWER!

A test about media, YOU JUST WILL LOVE TO ANSWER!

For media people, Para:, Magazine
In “The mysterious case of the missing spectator”, I made a brief reference to popular, low-end, or low-brow literature as the one that characteristically employs a collective aesthetic. What does this really mean? To clarify the explanation, I’m going to ask you to respond to a few questions regarding various types of works and characters that most of us know and like… . Complete the following sentences, filling the empty spaces with the missing word/s: 1) In a “cops and robbers” story, the “good guy” and the “bad guy” find themselves standing face to face, and one of them yells: “Drop it, buddy, or I’ll blow ___________________!” 2) At the most exciting moment of a romantic story, one of the main characters exclaims: “I’ll never leave you, my darling; nothing and nobody will
If it is not the readers’ fault, WHOM SHOULD WE BLAME…?

If it is not the readers’ fault, WHOM SHOULD WE BLAME…?

For media people, Para:, Magazine
. IN DEFENSE OF POPULAR COMMERCIAL MAGAZINES, NOVELS AND COMICS . I- DO YOUNG PEOPLE TODAY READ? –Don´t young people read?–  I asked myself in a subway station, before a poster encouraging them to read. I must say that at that moment, dozens of young adults walked right by without stopping to read –not Shakespeare or Cervantes, for goodness sake– but a simple notice board. –And the rest of the population? Do they read?–  I could answer the question myself, recalling the results of a survey published not long ago in one of the then nationally distributed newspapers in Mexico (El Heraldo de México; September 30th, 1991). Indeed they do; in spite of the depressing predictions which shed a bitter and fatalistic vision of the future of our society, the majority of those who responded
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.

For everybody, Para:, Magazine
. 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
How to make a movie say WHAT YOU WANT TO

How to make a movie say WHAT YOU WANT TO

For audiences, Magazine
. An author's message... Many years ago, one of my university professors refused to explain what “the message” of a literary work is, because he himself didn´t understand  what it was.  I soon realized that he did know, but was cleverly avoiding confrontation with his students in regards to values, ideas and beliefs, given that the “message” of a story  usually exposes its author’s ideology. The ideology ­­–and this is important– colors every piece of information we transmit, and particularly every literary work, every work of art, every mass media product.  Ideology, in fact, intensifies (positively or negatively) the feelings these works awaken in us. Consequently, the “politically correct” version (that is: the “ideology-neutral” version)  of a tale such as Snow White  is perceived
IN REGARDS TO “CINDERELLAS”…

IN REGARDS TO “CINDERELLAS”…

For audiences, Magazine
TELEVISION...: BETTER NATIONAL (Mexican, in this case) OR FOREIGN?             The other day a friend of mine told me, that her intellectual husband had forbidden her to watch Mexican telenovelas –“He's right”, she said, “they're all ‘cinderellas’”–. Nevertheless, he does not object to her watching each and every episode of “La Niñera" (Nanny Fine)... Such a statement merits special analysis, because it is based on prejudices that are firmly entrenched in our society. “La niñera”, ultimately, is also an adaptation of “La Cenicienta (Cinderella), but with a huge difference: While in María la del Barrio (Maria from the Neighbourhood), La Usurpadora (The Imposter), and other similar Mexican works, at some point we see the protagonist taking classes and “polishing his/her rough edges
DOMESTIC PROFESSIONS, a brief “dictionary” for media people

DOMESTIC PROFESSIONS, a brief “dictionary” for media people

For media people, Magazine
Our telenovela writers have gleefully decided to call nannies "governesses", without having the slightest idea what differentiates them. Their goal, quite laudable, is to encourage us to talk about them with more respect. To do this, in my opinion, we do not need to assault our language, but rather bear in mind they are human beings, and that we need them very much, in this world in which both the father and the mother are often forced to work out of the home. In the Judeo-Christian world, the domestic worker maintains a complex relationship with his employers, half professional, half familial. The obligations set out by Judeo-Christian religions for the employer of a domestic worker, are quite similar to those a head of family has regarding his relatives. In Spanish they were cal...
FOR AUDIENCES WHO LONG TO HAVE FUN WITHOUT SUFFERING (including parents, teachers and all kinds of consumers)

FOR AUDIENCES WHO LONG TO HAVE FUN WITHOUT SUFFERING (including parents, teachers and all kinds of consumers)

For audiences
This web is the result of a seminal discovery, expressed by an uncountable number of impartial consumer and scientific studies: That both because of personal and social reasons, the majority of us want and need  fun contents in media --that is:  to have an appropriate amount of fun,  in a way and amount that seems healthy to our plurisecular cultures. That is why we will gather those of our articles that may interest consumers more, in the  "For audiences (parents, teachers...)"  section of this web. We hope you will like them.  We also hope you will soon start sharing with us your experiences, projects, ideas and material --we'll do our best to accomodate them here, as long as their reproduction is possible, relevant and legal. Welcome home!  Better and more profitable media
ARTICLES THAT INTEREST EVERYBODY (both creators and consumers)

ARTICLES THAT INTEREST EVERYBODY (both creators and consumers)

For everybody
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:
HELP SAVE MEDIA PEOPLE! (artists, creators, producers, publishers, distributors…)

HELP SAVE MEDIA PEOPLE! (artists, creators, producers, publishers, distributors…)

For media people
The Stone monolith that today stands in Saint Peter’s Square in Rome, was carved in Egypt 4000 years ago.  In the year 37 AD, the emperor Caligula ordered that it be moved to Rome.  This was a truly ambitious engineering challenge at the time, as well as proof of the Roman Empire’s power. Almost 1,150 years later, due to natural historical developments, it was necessary to move it to its present location.  Although only a few hundred meters distant, this too necessitated incredible effort and ingenuity and was almost an impossible task given the technology and resources available in Rome in 1586. Domenico Fontana, the chief engineer, spent months planning the operation.  He experimented with mechanisms of all kinds; pulleys, ropes, levers, as well as tools he himself designed. He calcu