A child’s drawing of the civil war in Syria. Many children who have stayed in the increasingly ravaged country “face bombardment, food shortages and bitter cold without fuel or school.”
Bradley Secker / For The Washington Post
(For more, see “Syrian students learn to adjust” — The Washington Post)
It’s only the first day of the new year and I’m already looking forward for a few albums due release this year. Curiously, two of them have been delayed from their initial release date, in 2012, and the other one’s information is still incognito. Here’s a few music and information about these artists and albums.
VALETE - “HOMO LIBERO”
If 2013 is the year, Portuguese rapper Valete’s new album will hit jukeboxes 7 years after his last release - “Serviço Público”. “Homo Libero“ was firstly dubbed “360º”, but the artist preferred to swap to a name that hails the “free, emancipated man”. Valete’s album was announced in 2009 - on his MySpace he even confirmed that it was in its “final production stage” -, but might only see the light this year. Nonetheless, Valete raised the curtains during a few concerts last year and even in 2011 - like the video above. Known for his communist views, “Homo Libero” will reflect a new approach, a “fuck the communism, I love the people” that promises a more balanced advent to his stingy lyrics.
M.I.A - “MATANGI”
“Bad Girls” is M.I.A’s most addictive single from “Matangi” (which is her birth name, Mathangi) album. The video clip was even nominated the 4th best music video of 2012 by Time Magazine (Romain Gavras productions never disappoint). M.I.A is vibrant, electronic, danceable, with African reminiscences in its essence, and all surrounded by hip-hop touches. The British artist may not get the same buzz for her new sounding style compared to “Paper Planes” hit, yet she definitely embraced a provocative stance that will make her a remarkable indie artist of her generation.
DAFT PUNK - “NO END”(?)
433Little is known about Daft Punk’s new album a large portion of the information about it is based in rumours. “No End” is believed to be the name of the French electronic duo fourth album, according to a leaked album image and the name of their 2013 World tour. So, here what we know: the apparent date for the release is March, 13th and they will be back on tour this year. That is pretty much about it. Spare no time searching on Youtube for leaked singles, as they are all fake. Daft Punk created this imaginarium of the perfect duo that splited and disappeared from the main stream years ago. Now, they seem to be set for returning. Let’s continue to hope for it.
SOCIETY RETURNS TO ITS PRIMITIVE CONDITION WHEN A NEW YEAR IS ON THE CORNER
By my Macbook calculations, only 67 minutes separate my “2012-self” from my “2013-self”. After these time coordinates, look again to the previous statement and see if you discover the difference between my “last year’s self” and my “new year’s self”. Nothing? Well, figures…
Every year, there’s this fuss about tearing apart the old, yellowish, rugged calendar page and rising a new, fresh, plain white one remarking the start of something original, that never existed before. It is true: we only get a 2013 once in a lifetime. Still, that’s about it. It always was about it, a mere ephemeris to remember.
Society imposes to itself a monotonous ritual that doesn’t change a comma every single year in the week following Christmas. People unfold themselves in greetings to love ones or basic acquaintances and start rambling about resolutions that, most likely, will not be achieved - I have to be honest, I too used to engage in these empty promises.
Let’s face it, the start of a new year is just the rise of another day. None has changed - maybe the weather from yesterday. The World didn’t reset, and certainly people remained just the same. At midnight, the Earth continues its journey around the Sun while calmly spinning on itself. It didn’t stop or rewinded. The oxygen is the same, the visual presentation of cities is the same, wars and deaths are the same. Even the calendar leaf doesn’t go back in time. Actually, it goes straightforward to another day, with a different number on its title.
So, what does really resets in the new year? It’s simple: people. Does this mean “a new life”, a “new hope”? No, it means reset to exactly the same thing they were yesterday, only that this time their head might be heavier.
This is the real set back in new years. The reenact of the primitive state of humans, as they continuously repeat the same ruts as always.
Twelve minutes to midnight. I’m not holding my breath for something original. I’ve seen this before, on my “2012-self”.
If you’d like to share your resolutions with the whole world, tryout the Google Resolutions Map.
News outlets still aren’t aware of the capabilities of Twitter when used correctly for journalistic purposes, neither are the journalists.
Here’s a briefing on how Twitter can (and should) be used for the interest of journalism.
The Guardian, once again, stepping up the level with this incredible interactive infographic.
— 11-year-old Sun Luyuan, reporter of Chinese Teenagers News, during a press conference held on the sidelines of the 18th Communist party congress in China. The Education Minister, Yuan Guiren, then replied with a simple sentence.
Political opponents cease to be good people with bad ideas; they’re bad people."
For those who may not be aware of the current Israeli-Palestinian skirmish, take a few minutes to see and hear this debate about the situation.
6:38 P.M. Rocket warning sirens sound in Tel Aviv and Bnei Brak, for first time since Gulf War in 1991.
PICTURE OF THE DAY
Jihad Masharawi weeps while he holds the body of his 11-month old son Ahmad, at Shifa hospital following an Israeli air strike on their family house, in Gaza City, on Nov. 14. The offensive began on Wednesday when a precision Israeli airstrike assassinated Hamas military mastermind Ahmed Al-Jaabari, and Israel shelled the enclave from land, air and sea. The 15 killed in Gaza included Jaabari and six Hamas fighters plus eight civilians, among them a pregnant woman with twins, an 11-month old boy and three infants, according to the enclave’s health ministry. Medics reported at least 130 wounded. A Hamas rocket killed three Israelis north of the Gaza Strip on Thursday, drawing the first blood from Israel as the Palestinian death toll rose to 15 in a military showdown lurching closer to all-out war and an invasion of the enclave.
[Credit : Majed Hamdan / AP]
That is doubtful, for many reasons. Journalism resources at organizations that set agendas are still shrinking, and the people – the rich and powerful who run society – have beyond-disproportionate resources of their own directed at influencing public opinion. Increasingly, I believe, we’re going to need to rely on alternative sources of journalism to find out what’s really happening – and then find better ways to get what they tell us more widely seen, too."
Dan Gillmor in a Comment Free article on The Guardian (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READING!)
Here lies what is wrong with nowadays media and, most of all, with newspapers. Indeed, this underscores precisely why paper media is so afraid of the Internet and the digital.
Dan Gillmor points out that the majority of the American media failed to assess three of the most important things of the United States presidential campaign:
- What was Mitt Romney hiding for not releasing his tax payments;
- The GOP’s governors and legislatures vote suppression methods;
- The “bullying” effect of a House of Representatives rulled by a majority of Republicans.
The Guardian’s commentator strikes the biggest American media for failing to do their jobs, “with some important exceptions, many in the alternative or new media”. Among these, Gilmor says, are “Dan Froomkin of the Huffington Post and Ari Melber of the Nation, neither of whom works for an organization that can truly put a topic on the national agenda”.
If Internet and digital press presented themselves as a problem, a bullet in the head of traditional media, especially newspapers, then they should make an introspection on what can be done for surviving the innovations and transformations of the activity.
More specifically, lets talk about newspapers: if the Internet provides by-the-second news, then newspapers have to find other ways around to keep alive. The case of Romney’s taxes and the vote suppression were basic, hand given “gifts” for newspapers to investigate and to make them worth paying for (assuming that people are refraining from buying newspapers anymore).
Should newspapers be so afraid of the digital and the Internet? No. They have here the opportunity to join the best of both worlds: be on top of events as well as investigate thoroughly what is published between the lines or what is forgotten, submerged in all the blab of campaigns and politics.