Să încetăm să ne lamentăm!

Adevărul e însă că n-o duc strălucit. Lumea s-a schimbat neverosimil de când nu mai ești. Autoritatea a murit o dată cu apariția Internetului, a accesului gratuit la informație și a noilor generații, care contestă orice, oriunde, oricând.

A dispărut și meseria pe care o practicam, întrucât azi poate să scrie toată lumea – o, dacă ai vedea cum e presa azi!… – și am rămas fără slujbă. Trăiesc în continuare din scris, așa cum o făceam și în ultima ta lună, când ai admis, în premieră, că ar putea fi, totuși, ceva de capul meu. Și de cariera mea.

Horia Ghibuțiu – Scrisoare către tata

Albi și negri

Gore Vidal famously said that he never missed a chance to have sex or appear on television. Me, I never miss a chance to eat in New Orleans. So when my literary agent proposed lunch there with the actor Wendell Pierce—best known for portraying Baltimore homicide detective Bunk Moreland in “The Wire” and trombonist Antoine Batiste in “Treme”—there was no way I was going to pass.

Rod Dreher – My People, Black and White

O afacere proastă

Cred că oamenii obișnuiti nu înțeleg (a) cam cât de rău a ajuns presa ca business, nu doar etic, și (b) că o sa fie și mai rău în următorii ani:

Chiar atat de rau a ajuns presa, nu cumva exagerati? Daca ati ajuns sa va indoiti ca presa romaneasca a sucombat in plina glorie, va reamintesc cateva fapte. Nu uitati ca titluri mari din presa romaneasca sunt astazi in insolventa: Mediafax, Adevarul, EVZ, Jurnalul National, Realitatea TV, Prima etc. La fel, marile retele de distributie. Cateva televiziuni de stiri se confrunta cu mari probleme financiare si doar DIGI 24 pare sa pastreze in acest moment un standard finaciar si profesional ridicat.

Dan Tăpălagă – Cum a ajuns presa o ruină


N-o să-ți vină să crezi ce a spus Tevez într-un interviu televizat

Alex: I’m not talking about being humble economically; I’m talking about their attitude towards life. In the hood that you grew up, are they a humble and loyal people?

Tevez: Yes, I’m getting together with my friends 1-2 times a week in the hood. My friends don’t let me pay for anything. I have 5-6 friends [drinks water since he is getting choked up], of whom 3 have jobs. Every time I go see them they pay for everything, and I realize the kind of place I’m from.

Alex: That surprises you.

Tevez: It surprises me… we were always like that and nothing changed, not even for me.

Alex: Nothing changed for you after everything that happened to you?

Tevez: No, what we have is our day to day life.

Despre lașitate și trădare

“Treason and betrayal can sometimes start with simple cowardice,” said Sentsov, wearing a white T-shirt bearing the words ‘Glory to Ukraine’ and looking directly at the panel of three judges in the city of Rostov-on-Don, south-west Russia, as he delivered a short but powerful “final word” to the court. He said cowardice was “the greatest sin”, quoting Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel the Master and Margarita.

“When they put a bag on your head, beat you up a bit, and half an hour later, you’re ready to go back on all your beliefs, implicate yourself in whatever they ask, implicate others, just to stop them beating you. I don’t know what your beliefs can possibly be worth if you are not ready to suffer or die for them,” he said.

Shaun Walker – Ukrainian filmmaker tells Russian court he will ‘suffer or die’ for his beliefs

Platon despre beizadele

As it is with the democratic masses, so it is with the democratic prince. In reaction against what he perceives as the “money-grubbing” of his oligarchic father, he adopts an undisciplined, self-indulgent lifestyle that causes him to reject his earlier training and surrender to “insolence and anarchy and waste and impudence” (560e).

This internal imbalance leads to chaos in his daily life:

he lives from day to day indulging the appetite of the hour; and sometimes he is lapped in drink and strains of the flute; then he becomes a water-drinker, and tries to get thin; then he takes a turn at gymnastics. . . . His life has neither law nor order; and this distracted existence he terms joy and bliss and freedom. (561c-d)

Louis Markos – Plato on the Fall of Ancient and Mondern Greece

De ce se vând tabloidele

There can be no denying the public appetite for political sex scandals – but why is this the case? Perhaps, as Myisha Cherry suggests, it’s because we take “vicarious pleasure in the rule-breaking of another”. The actions of Sewel are reprehensible but also titillating – he is breaking rules in the most flagrant fashion and behaving in a way many of would certainly not dare to. (…)

More generally, returning once again to the ideas of Cherry, perhaps political sex scandals provide a “distraction from the tedium of one’s own difficult everyday problems”. Simple familiar escapism, then, where unacceptable sexual behaviour is punished by public humiliation – followed, in some instances, by professional ruin.

John Jewell – Very British scandal continues rich tradition of tabloid titillation – and never mind the ethics

Reviste pentru bărbați

Instead of highlighting the realities of single life, Esquire‘s portrayal of bachelorhood was based on looking and acting the part of the swinging ladies’ man, even though most of the magazine’s readers were married. Esquire’s idealized postwar bachelor had no obligations outside of his own desire for women and luxury products (often considered one in the same). He bought his own clothes, drove his own car, and took solo vacations to exotic places. The bachelor became a symbol of postwar consumerism and hedonism, and as a result, became a symbol of freedom for white American men looking for a way to feel important again.

Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite – How Esquire Engineered the Modern Bachelor