Tuesday, February 17, 2009

A Fraca Originalidade do Jornalismo em Portugal (ii)

A 14 de Novembro de 2008, escrevi este post com o mesmo título. Agora, encontrei um exemplo perfeito do que escrevi.

Este artigo de jornal, de um suposto jornal de referência, aqui.

A autora deste artigo, que, suponho, se considerará "jornalista" e terá a sua carteira profissional de jornalista, mais não faz do que resumir uma notícia que leu no New York Times e outra que leu em The Independent.

Ou seja, nem esta jornalista se deslocou aos lugares a que se reportam as notícias lidas e sumariadas por si, nem entrevistou qualquer pessoa envolvida com essas notícias, nem o suposto jornal de referência português utilizou um qualquer repórter, enviado ou correspondente que pudesse, ele próprio, averiguar das notícias lançadas originalmente pelo New York Times e pelo Independent.

O jornalismo português é, em grande parte, e sobretudo em relação às notícias estrangeiras, e mesmo em relação a muitas notícias nacionais, isto: há uns supostos jornalistas que lêem jornais e depois descrevem o que leram: muitas vezes copiando e plagiando, outras vezes descrevendo e sumariando com as suas próprias palavras.

É isto o jornalismo português: um trabalho de copy-paste e/ou de plágio (trabalho?) e/ou de resumo.

E, como não poderia deixar de ser, as "fontes" são sempre as mesmas: o New York Times, o Guardian, o Independent e até muitas vezes o Sun. Jornais de qualidade e mérito muito variáveis: todos a matéria-prima para os "jornais de referência" portugueses. E todos, sem excepção, jornais que "look down on" Portugal. Todos sem excepção.

O jornal de escândalos e estupidez The Sun atira para o ar um rumor de uma espécie de meia-suspeita sobre uma eventual investigação sobre um português e os jornais portugueses auto-intitulados de referência fazem-se logo mensageiros de The Sun.

O intelegentíssimo New York Times sugere que o governo português é nacionalista só por querer conservar em território português uma componente do espólio de Fernando Pessoa e, ainda assim, os jornalistas portugueses não se cansam de o copiar.

The Economist, esse símbolo da intelectualidade yuppie, compara Portugal à América Latina, e os jornais portugueses, todos e em bando, publicam um ranking de ministros das finanças completamente ridículo e idiota.

É assim o jornalismo português.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Täna on Sõbrapäev

On jah!!!!!!!!

Friday, February 13, 2009

Täna Õhtust Meeleolu Kujundab (xix)



Väga kaunis!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Paradox of World Democracy

If we give one vote to each sovereign country, strictly observing a democratic procedural rule, the world will end up being democratically ruled by tyrants: there are more tyranic sovereign countries than democratic ones.

Thus, in what grounds is it justified or not an oligarchy of democracies?


These are the questions that really matter for a reform of the United Nations Organization! These are the questions that matter for designing the institutions for world governance!


But... are tyranies non-democratic in each and every matter? Do they also have "tyranic" positions when it comes, say, to ecology? And the reverse: how benevolent are the stances of democracies in international matters like arms trade?


Still, the questions in the first and second paragraphs apply. But it might be that democracy and tyrany should be seen from the external point of view: say, how respectful of human rights is this and that demand?


In any case, always (the same) eternal problem: who is going to be above to decide what is a democratic claim in international politics and what is not?


At the end, always the same conclusion (or just a conjecture?): democracy turns out to be the best, eventhough most probably not that satisfactory.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Still From 2008

Picture of Estonia (vi) and Interesting Cities, Interesting People: Estonia (xiv)

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Interesting Cities, Interesting People at Home (xv)

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Interesting City, Interesting People at Home (xvi)

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Pictures of Estonia (vii) and Interesting City, Interesting People: Tallinn in October or November (xvii)

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Lucca

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Interesting City, Interesting People Abroad (xviii): Wien, Austria December 2008

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Interesting River at Home (xix): Douro

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Roma December 30th 2008

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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Who is Woody Allen?

The other day I saw a trailer of "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" which showed under the name of its director, and in small letters within parenthesis, "Scoop".

"Scoop" is one of the most unnecessary movies by Woody Allen. If this was the only one movie directed by him or by anyone else, such director could be considered absolutely irrelevant. If one really needs to give examples of what Woody Allen is and has done, one could write (maybe within parethesis but not in small letters) "Annie Hall", "The Purple Rose of Cairo", "Mighty Afrodite" or something as excellent as that. Not "Scoop".

But maybe it makes sense that "Scoop" is mentioned: the trailer of "Vicky Cristina Barcelona", or the movie itself, might be meant for the kind of audience who had enjoyed "Scoop" and wants to see something along the same vein. Then, the trailer reveals the type of public the movie is directed at. (And maybe the movie was, from the beginning of its creation, targeted to that public, or maybe only after it was done someone realized who the target was).

Now, the thing is: who is Woody Allen? Is he the director of movies like "Scoop", or is he the director of movies like "Deconstructing Harry"? Or: who Woody Allen wants to be? The thing is, and above all, Woody Allen is the excellent artist of "Manhattan" and "Bullets over Broadway" BUT he is also the responsible for such things as "The Curse of the Jade Scorpion" and, well, "Scoop". We and Woody all have to live with this: it is the same director who has done the excellent and the unnecessary and, true, he has done too many movies, movies that are drowned by their own quantity, movies that are diluted by the great quality of other ones. And who does he want to be? Well, he already is, and he is what he has allways been.

But it is precisely that he is such a persona, an artistic one, that there is not or there shouldn't be any need to make a reference to some of his titles: Woody Allen period should be enough. Just like Almodóvar: the title of his new film is stated and, underneath it, "Almodóvar": no need for further explanation, no need for a past (or the last) title, not even the need for "Pedro". "Almodóvar" and "Almodóvar" only, just like Machiavel (who remembers his name?), just like Michelangelo.

Woody Allen. Period.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Stasera Mi Sento Così (xviii)



Laura Pausini and James Blunt singing "Primavera in Anticipo (It Is My Song)".