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Morning Essentials

27, April 2009

Morning Essential

Taken at Cafe’ Fixe in Brookline, MA.


Newspapers printing, distribution costs…

13, April 2009

According to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, average subription prices for the following magazines are:

Newsweek:                     $0.47

BusinessWeek:             $0.77

The New Yorker           $0.87

Fortune:                         $0.89

Allure:                            $0.89

Bon Appetit                  $1.00 (slightly above)

The Economist:            $1.96

Today, 13th of April saw an interesting spike in articles by major newspapers about the newspaper-business.

When newspaper make the news

When newspaper make the news

The New York Times talks about:

and how a” handful of Web sites emerge to cull local content from government data, blogs and news media.”

  • That the sale of the Boston Globe “has brought together civic leaders and residents, speaking out about the paper’s role in the region.”

Meanwhile, the Boston Globe reports about “what went wrong” at… the Globe itself.


An interview with Vittorio (Bobo) Craxi

31, March 2009

Manifest N16 will feature an interview conducted via Facebook with Bobo Craxi… not an April fool’s day.

Vittorio (Bobo) Craxi interviewed on Facebook

Vittorio (Bobo) Craxi interviewed on Facebook----

Here is the Italian version.

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Che cos’e’ il socialismo oggi

Rappresenta la famiglia politica più importante del continente, la più grande  e la + antica.

C’é una grande continuità fra cio che ha rappresentato nel secolo scorso la storia del socialismo e la nuova sfida a cui esso é chiamato oggi a rispondere.

“first the people” é il tiutolo del manifesto politco che tutti i socialisti europei hano sottoscritto a madrid per sottolineare il comune impegno per governare i nostri ventisette paeesi ed uscire dalla crisi economica dalla quale siamo atravrersati.

Qual e’ la posizione socialista sul imigrazione?

Bobo

I socialisti europei ritengoino necessario per prevenire e contarsatare i crescenti fenomeni di razzsmo e xenofobia accelerare tutte le politiche utili all’integrazione.

Innanzitutto ponendo al centro delle politiche d’integrazione l’istruzion e la crescita delle tutela e dei diriti sui luoghi di lavoro.

La maggior parte del lavoro nero deriva dallo sfruttamento degli immigrati e questo nel xxi secolo é intollerabiule.

Come vede i nuovi media del tipo facebook ? Hanno veramente cambiato la politica in italia?

La popolazione che fa uso dei nuovi media é ancora molto relativa. Non c’è dubbio che questa quota però riguardi la popolazione giovanile , quindi quella che diventerà la societa’ del futuro.

Il mezzo telematico resta un mezzo freddo, tuttavia la velocità con uoi circolano informazioni ed idee rendono più democratico il processo di formazione delle coscienze collettive e inviduali.


Manifest N13

15, February 2009
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In this issue:manifestn13

  • “Susie of Arabia” meets an Afghan refugee in a Burger King in Saudi Arabia.
  • Rob Carrey: A California-born teacher relates his experiences in Germany.
  • Short anonymous stories in less than 100 words.
  • “Jantelov”: 10 Rules for living in Denmark

“In Search of Lost Time”

3, February 2009
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Slumdog Millionaire in Brookline, MA

Editorial for Manifest N12

Set and filmed in India, “Slumdog Millionaire” tells the story of a young uneducated man from the Dharavi slums of Mumbai who appears on the Indian version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” (Kaun Banega Crorepati, mentioned in the Hindi version) and exceeds people’s expectations, arousing the suspicions of the game show host and of law enforcement officials.

Slumdog Millionaire won five of the six awards it was nominated for at the Critics’ Choice Awards and all four of the awards it was nominated for at the Golden Globes, including Best Drama Film. It has also been nominated for eleven BAFTA Awards and ten Academy Awards.

So what is it about the film that makes it such a hit? “It digs into India’s gritty depths, where it juxtaposes squalor, exploitation and corruption with humanity’s fight to overcome it. Elements are predictable, but the movie never is slight, in large part due to its superb cast” says one reviewer. “A spirited underdog fable marinated in modern India’s melting pot. Danny Boyle’s still the master of spices” says another. Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times gave the film four stars, stating that it is, “a breathless, exciting story, heartbreaking and exhilarating. Wall Street Journal critic Joe Morgenstern refers to Slumdog Millionaire as, “the film world’s first globalized masterpiece.

Indeed, many story-lines are intertwined and brought to conclusion with elegance and purpose. For instance, it could be said that the film is about finding several paths to redemption. The two brothers part way when the older, finds an opportunity to exact revenge while the younger advocates compassion. From there, their moral paths diverge though their fates are intertwined. In the end they both find find the peace they had been seeking.

Ultimately, this film is a success because, it is about memory, more exactly, the relationship between emotion and memory. In the novel “In Search of Lost Time”, Marcel Proust recounts an anodyne episode, that of the madeleine.

Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust (10 July 1871 – 18 November 1922)

Valentin Louis Georges Eugène Marcel Proust (10 July 1871 – 18 November 1922)

“I raised to my lips a spoonful of the tea in which I had soaked a morsel of the cake. No sooner had the warm liquid mixed with the crumbs touched my palate than a shudder ran through me and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary thing that was happening to me. An exquisite pleasure had invaded my senses, something isolated, detached, with no suggestion of its origin.”

The central theme in Proust’s opus is memory; likewise, “Jamal” the Slumdog, knows all the answers to the questions of the game, because each is associated with a particularly emotional episode. Until recently men thought that memory was akin to recording machine, a DVD player, a cassette player, a phonograph, depending on the epoch. Now we know that memory needs an emotion to capture an event and make sure it is recallable for as long as possible. This is why, you will be able to say where you were to your grandchildren the day and time Barak Obama became the 44th president of the United States.