Watching: Outfoxed.

“Outfoxed” examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch’s Fox News, have been running a “race to the bottom” in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public’s right to know.

The film explores Murdoch’s burgeoning kingdom and the impact on society when a broad swath of media is controlled by one person.

Media experts, including Jeff Cohen (FAIR) Bob McChesney (Free Press), Chellie Pingree (Common Cause), Jeff Chester (Center for Digital Democracy) and David Brock (Media Matters) provide context and guidance for the story of Fox News and its effect on society.

This documentary also reveals the secrets of Former Fox news producers, reporters, bookers and writers who expose what it’s like to work for Fox News.  These former Fox employees talk about how they were forced to push a “right-wing” point of view or risk their jobs. Some have even chosen to remain anonymous in order to protect their current livelihoods. As one employee said “There’s no sense of integrity as far as having a line that can’t be crossed.”

It reminds me how similar Fox News can be to the extreme Blue / KMT supporters from Taiwan. Of course the media environment is different.

The depressing part as most of the big media honchos in Taiwan inherited the position from the military command that KMT fleedging from mainland China to Taiwan after the Communist Party had them running away. Thus a lot of that still lingers. Extreme conservatism from Fox News, which is hidden as not real balanced reporting also happens in a lot of the media coverage back in Asia. Just take all the coverage about the previous president Chen Sui Bian trial for example. Yes the guy made mistakes and screwed up huge, but is hipocrisy making him take all the fall, while others are doing or did much worse things.

He deserved to be punished, but other do too, and the uneven don’t take notice. That’s what this very worth watching documentary about this dirty US network reminded me of. If you happen to stumbled on my post on accident, my opinions are my opinions, maybe you should form your opinion yourself, so you can watch the documentary too, which all 8 parts are embedded below.

Fox News definitely NOT a Fair and Balanced Network.

Most journalists do commit the fallacy of saying that reporting is neutral. Reporting is never neutral, you always carry some of your own position into the reporting itself, but you always tried to keep it as centered as possible, by allowing different and opposing sides to contribute, the result will always be uneven. But taking deep pushed extremes as if this supposed close to Fair and Balance is not only wrong but most of all deceiving.

Outfoxed Part 1

Outfoxed Part 2

Outfoxed Part 3

Outfoxed Part 4

Outfoxed Part 5

Outfoxed Part 6

Outfoxed Part 7

Outfoxed Part 8

You can find more information about Outfoxed in their official website: http://www.outfoxed.org/

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Musical Ouiji Board?

Got this at the Facebook page from an online friend. As he states. it’s simply ludicrous, and that’s reason enough just to try it out.

Here’s what you do.
1. Put Your iTunes (or Mp3 player) on Shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. You must write down the name of the song no matter how silly it sounds!
4. Put any comments in brackets after the song name.
Note: I deleted item 5, of tagging 10 friends, which is just some pointless requirement for some silly chain mailing.

These are the 20 questions:
1 – What do your friends think of you?
2 – If someone says, “Are you okay?” You say?
3 – How would you describe yourself?
4 – What do you like in a guy[or girl :P]?
5 – How do you feel today?
6- What is your life’s purpose?
7 – What is your motto?
8 – What do you think about very often?
9 – What is 2 + 2?
10 – What do you think of your best friend?
11 – What do you think of the person you like?
12 – What is your life story?
13 – What do you want to be when you grow up?
14 – What will you dance to at your wedding?
15 – What will they play at your funeral
16 – What is your hobby/interest?
17 – What is your biggest fear?
18 – What is your biggest secret?
19 – What do you think of your friends?
20 – What will you post this as?

And here are my results:

What do your friends think of you?
Princess Cordelia [Angel Soundtrack], Robert Kral
[What does this mean? Too sincere? Too naive?]

If someone says, “Are you okay?” You say?
The Letter, Chris Daughtry
[From lyrics: my baby, she wrote me a letter??]

How would you describe yourself?
A Man’s Gotta Do, Neil Patrick Harris, Felicia Day & Nathan Fillion [Dr. Horrible Sing-Along Blog]

What do you like in a guy[or girl :P]?
I’m not the Guy you think I am + Song Medley, Bryan Adams
[opening lyric – “I’m not the man you think I am, I’m not that kind of guy”

Trhis track coms from Bryan, Anthology collection. As it’s the last trach from disk 2, it comes with a hidden medley track at the end of it.]

How do you feel today?
If this is Goodbye, LifeHouse

What is your life’s purpose?
The Little Things Give You Away, Linkin Park

What is your motto?
Let Me Live, Queen
[Opening lyrics: Take a little piece of my heart, Take a little piece of my sould… Let Me Live…]

What do you think about very often?
Selling the Drama, Live
[From lyrics: It’s the song that burns, It’s the wheel that turns…]

What is 2 + 2?
The Music of the Night, David Cook

What do you think of your best friend?
Sofia, Live
[From lyrics: I need you like a junky needs a fix…]

What do you think of the person you like?
Finale B, Rent Movie Soundtrack
[From chorus: There’s only us, there’s only this, forget regret, our life is yours to miss…]

What is your life story?
Halloween, Rent Movie Soundtrack
[bizarre, simply bizarre
From the lyrics: Why I am witness, and when I capture it on film, will it mean that it is the end and that I am alone]

What do you want to be when you grow up?
Touched, Vast

What will you dance to at your wedding?
Somewhere in Between, LifeHouse
[Lyrics: Don’t be surprised if I collapse at your feet again]

What will they play at your funeral
魂 (Spirit), 信 (Shin – Solo)

[From Chorus: 愛太深 斷了魂
連命都不要的人
你轉身 你要我 別等

Translation: Love too Deep, Broke the spirit
A person who doens’t want his life
You turn around, You want me, Don’t wait.]

What is your hobby/interest?
From Where I am, Enya

What is your biggest fear?
Cordy Meets Fred, Robert Kral
[Now I’m puzzled, what could this mean?!]

What is your biggest secret?
Wintersun, Bond

What do you think of your friends?
志明與春嬌, 五月天 (Mayday)
[Basically the song is about the chinese version of Romeo & Juliet]

What will you post this as?
帶刺的蝴蝶 (Spiked Butterflies), 信樂團 (Shin – Band)

[From lyrics: 誰都無法拒絕 誰都無法防備
Translation: Nobody can deny it, Nobody can avoid it]

Does stereotyping means segmentation?

A friend of mine just emailed me the following images, mostly as another one of those funny emails, you are always getting from friends.

Yeah,  they’re funny. But the after thought disturbed me a little. Are they really appealing as an campaign?  It reminds me, of how ad campaign for beers, just like margarine ads, are usually interesting cases to be analyzed, especially on its cultural take. They’re open books for what “socially acceptable” in your given society.

Beer ad campaigns are mostly male oriented, even the more quirky ones (yes, Budweiser, I’m looking at you now). They associate themselves with happinnes, beautiful women, fraternity, and other words as such.

The point here is can this sometimes go to far (it seems like my main question for the day). The campaign could be listed among the quisky ones, even if just considered through the point that the thought process is different to men and women.

However, does designing campaigns through the eyes of the stereotypes, really allow you to reach your targeted demographic. Wouldn’t be more harmful, than positive?

It was already the trend, even before the current economic crisis, reaching out to specific public is an essential part to the success of most business plans, especially if the attempt is not only to create awareness, but start a relashioship with the costumer.

In families, in which the women are the deciders of what purchases are made, what is the effect of such campagins, wouldn’t cause more negative reaction toward your brand, rather than generating potetial costumers?

A curious comparison that could be done one of these days, browse youtube for different video campaigns for beer from around the world. The result will either confirm the shallow observations above, or actually provide some interesting data for further study.

Then do same with Margarine. Wonder what would be the result…

The Amazing Race – Latin America Edition?

According to Variety report last month, Disney Media Networks Latin America and Discovery Networks Latin America/U.S. Hispanic are to produce a local version of long running reality show “The Amazing Race” for the entire region.

I’m a latecomer into really appreciating what a great show The Amazing Race is. I have to admit I used to discriminate it, for being just another Reality Show, which I’m gladly to admit I was very wrong. Although current season which debuted a little over a month ago, it’s a little underwhelming compared to the more engaging Seasons 12 (the first full season I ever watched) and 11 (the All-Star Season), it’s been at least fun.

Having the visiting the Northeastern region of Brazil in the first 2 legs was really interesting, and reminded me of what I said about the region’s potential to hold legs of the race, back from my post about my visit to Dianópolis, in the state of Tocantins. Fun fact. Dianópolis is not that far away from Salvador (in the state of Bahia), which held the first leg of this season.

I wonder how the The Amazing Race – Latin America Edition will work out, in which my concerns can be approached in two topics.

1) This wouldn’t be the first international edition of the show. Asia has been steadily producing their a version, with 3 full season already shown and possibly more on the way. For the Latin America edition, what will be the scope, will it get the scope that the original US version, with a race around the globe? Or will it just end up like the smaller version of itself, which is what happened when a Brazilian production company optioned to adapted and the result was just bland, as it end up (due to budgetary and time constrains) into a race in Brazil, instead of a race around the globe. As I read, that was one of the major criticisms towards the Family season, in which the show lost scope and a lot of the faster dynamics that the duo teams allows.

2) Onto the subject of Brazil, as it seem always suffers somewhat in the region deals due to the fact, that despite being the largest country in Latin America (and I’m accounting Mexico into the equation), it’s almost the only country within which does not count Spanish among one of the main languages. Yes, people we do not speak Spanish in Brazil. Brazil’s, main native language is Portuguese.  And despite similarities that allow people to communicate among themselves, the deeper and richer aspects of each language is still quite different, and also due to that the cultural backgrounds result in differences. It’s Colonization History 101.

The Tordesilhas Pact from XVI century, dividing the world between Portugal and Spain.

The Tordesilhas Pact from XVI century, dividing the world between Portugal and Spain.

A very recent example was with the Fremantle and 19 property Pop Idol, which originated the US phenomenon American Idol. Due to already pointed languages constraints,  While Sony, which owns the cable network Canal Sony that shows American Idol for all Latin American audiences (including Brazil),  was able licence to produce the Latin American Idol, the licence was acquired by another company in Brazil. Latin American Idol is a prime time show for almost every country in the region, except Brazil, in which the show is simply hidden into a weird time slot at Saturdays. The would never work as primetime show in Brazil. Just like US Idol, the contestants majorly sings big pop or rock successes of the native toungue, mostly of which are unknown to Brazilian audiences, and if shown during primitime, would just alienate any potential audience they had for that time slot. The Brazilian version, called Idolos, got other issues itself, but don’t really matter into the discussion right now.

Thus I wonder what’s the plan with the Latin American Edition of The Amazing Race, it has the potential to reach all local audiences, without some of the culture constraints that Idol suffered.

That’s basically what I wanted to share about this issue, but since we’re talking about differences and subjects related to The Amazing Race, I’d like to make a mini rant.

In light of recent history making event with the visit of a Chinese convey metting with Taiwan this week.  China and Taiwan issues are lingering and complicated.

And Taiwan’s presence in Season 12 should be made clear, not mistakenly reported or just ignored (since it was such a important leg for that race – the one before the final leg), and this rant it’s specifically towards you (Taiwan is not China) and you (for completely ignoring to mention). End of Rant.

Reciprocity

Found this video while reading “Blog do Tas”.

The following video called “Reciprocity”, and was created by Paulo Hartmann and was shown in the 1st  HTTPVideo, organized by Instituto Sérgio Motta. In it, we find the Brazilian national athen, recited by one of those automated eletronical voices.

It’s a very amazing, and somewhat disturbing feat.

Saturday Night Live – Palin / Hillary Open – Video – NBC.com

Saturday Night Live – Palin / Hillary Open – Video – NBC.com.

If you missed this little piece of comedy from SNL’s new season, you should watch it. Is really that good, and with some really good stabs about Palin`s nomination. NBC is allowing worldwide access to this part of the show in their website.

Onto that, a certain mayor candidate for the mayor in Sao Paulo, is using some lame comparisson as he compares his vice-president candidate who just happens to be female to Palin.

Brazilian woman that was locked in home by husband in Lebanon, returns home.

The linked article is from: O GLOBO

Brazilian woman that was locked in home by husband in Lebanon, returns home. (Article in Portuguese)

I’m so glad that she arrived home safely. I remember it was a few weeks ago when I was just in the living room when my sister was watching about a coverage about her drama in “Fantastico”.

The story in a nutshell. Nariman is the Brazilian woman who married a lebanon man while still in Brazil. While still here they had a kid, but then after some talks they agreed that moving to Lebanon would be good for the family, so they moved there early this year (2008).

While in Brazil, my husband didn’t hit me, he was afraid. When we arrived in Lebanon was when the agressions started.

They moved to Lebanon and things changed, her husband started to hit her and  her inside their house, which made her want to return to Brazil with her son. In July 21st, when she attempted to board a flight back, she was stopped by local authorities, as there was a charge against her from her husband for “abandonment of conjugal home and kidnapping” from a religious tribunal.

Late June she was able to break out from the house, and found refuge at the Brazilian consulate, whe she asked for help to return to Brazil, who helped find an Lebanese NGO that aids women and children that are victims of home abuse. Unable to wait for the tribunal result, she was then able to flee ilegally back to Brazil last saturday, starting her long journey back home, finally arriving in Brazil yesterday morning.

Are cases like these that makes me believe that the constant efforts from organizations like Equality Now are necessary. I’m not saying about being feminist, which can be excessively extreme at times, but EQUALITY. Like a wise man once said, “Equality is like Gravity“.

I know that there are cultural particularities that allowed her husband to act the way the acted, but that just goes agains basic notion of human rights.

You can read more about another outrageous case over here: http://iamduakhalil.blogspot.com/

You can read more about how to help out with other women treated unfairly all over the world at EQUALITY NOW!

http://www.equalitynow.org/

This is also a great moment to remember, to reflect, for that I’ll post once more Joss Whedon’s take about the violent assassination of Dua khalil.

by Joss Whedon
May 20, 2007

Let’s Watch A Girl Get Beaten To Death.

This is not my blog, but I don’t have a blog, or a space, and I’d like to be heard for a bit.

Last month seventeen year old Dua Khalil was pulled into a crowd of young men, some of them (the instigators) family, who then kicked and stoned her to death. This is an example of the breath-taking oxymoron “honor killing”, in which a family member (almost always female) is murdered for some religious or ethical transgression. Dua Khalil, who was of the Yazidi faith, had been seen in the company of a Sunni Muslim, and possibly suspected of having married him or converted. That she was torturously murdered for this is not, in fact, a particularly uncommon story. But now you can watch the action up close on CNN. Because as the girl was on the ground trying to get up, her face nothing but red, the few in the group of more than twenty men who were not busy kicking her and hurling stones at her were filming the event with their camera-phones.

There were security officers standing outside the area doing nothing, but the footage of the murder was taken – by more than one phone – from the front row. Which means whoever shot it did so not to record the horror of the event, but to commemorate it. To share it. Because it was cool.

I could start a rant about the level to which we have become desensitized to violence, about the evils of the voyeuristic digital world in which everything is shown and everything is game, but honestly, it’s been said. And I certainly have no jingoistic cultural agenda. I like to think that in America this would be considered unbearably appalling, that Kitty Genovese is still remembered, that we are more evolved. But coincidentally, right before I stumbled on this vid I watched the trailer for “Captivity”.

A few of you may know that I took public exception to the billboard campaign for this film, which showed a concise narrative of the kidnapping, torture and murder of a sexy young woman. I wanted to see if the film was perhaps more substantial (especially given the fact that it was directed by “The Killing Fields” Roland Joffe) than the exploitive ad campaign had painted it. The trailer resembles nothing so much as the CNN story on Dua Khalil. Pretty much all you learn is that Elisha Cuthbert is beautiful, then kidnapped, inventively, repeatedly and horrifically tortured, and that the first thing she screams is “I’m sorry”.

“I’m sorry.”

What is wrong with women?

I mean wrong. Physically. Spiritually. Something unnatural, something destructive, something that needs to be corrected.

How did more than half the people in the world come out incorrectly? I have spent a good part of my life trying to do that math, and I’m no closer to a viable equation. And I have yet to find a culture that doesn’t buy into it. Women’s inferiority – in fact, their malevolence — is as ingrained in American popular culture as it is anywhere they’re sporting burkhas. I find it in movies, I hear it in the jokes of colleagues, I see it plastered on billboards, and not just the ones for horror movies. Women are weak. Women are manipulative. Women are somehow morally unfinished. (Objectification: another tangential rant avoided.) And the logical extension of this line of thinking is that women are, at the very least, expendable.

I try to think how we got here. The theory I developed in college (shared by many I’m sure) is one I have yet to beat: Womb Envy. Biology: women are generally smaller and weaker than men. But they’re also much tougher. Put simply, men are strong enough to overpower a woman and propagate. Women are tough enough to have and nurture children, with or without the aid of a man. Oh, and they’ve also got the equipment to do that, to be part of the life cycle, to create and bond in a way no man ever really will. Somewhere a long time ago a bunch of men got together and said, “If all we do is hunt and gather, let’s make hunting and gathering the awesomest achievement, and let’s make childbirth kinda weak and shameful.” It’s a rather silly simplification, but I believe on a mass, unconscious level, it’s entirely true. How else to explain the fact that cultures who would die to eradicate each other have always agreed on one issue? That every popular religion puts restrictions on women’s behavior that are practically untenable? That the act of being a free, attractive, self-assertive woman is punishable by torture and death? In the case of this upcoming torture-porn, fictional. In the case of Dua Khalil, mundanely, unthinkably real. And both available for your viewing pleasure.

It’s safe to say that I’ve snapped. That something broke, like one of those robots you can conquer with a logical conundrum. All my life I’ve looked at this faulty equation, trying to understand, and I’ve shorted out. I don’t pretend to be a great guy; I know really really well about objectification, trust me. And I’m not for a second going down the “women are saints” route – that just leads to more stone-throwing (and occasional Joan-burning). I just think there is the staggering imbalance in the world that we all just take for granted. If we were all told the sky was evil, or at best a little embarrassing, and we ought not look at it, wouldn’t that tradition eventually fall apart? (I was going to use ‘trees’ as my example, but at the rate we’re getting rid of them I’m pretty sure we really do think they’re evil. See how all rants become one?)

Now those of you who frequent this site are, in my wildly biased opinion, fairly evolved. You may hear nothing new here. You may be way ahead of me. But I can’t contain my despair, for Dua Khalil, for humanity, for the world we’re shaping. Those of you who have followed the link I set up know that it doesn’t bring you to a video of a murder. It brings you to a place of sanity, of people who have never stopped asking the question of what is wrong with this world and have set about trying to change the answer. Because it’s no longer enough to be a decent person. It’s no longer enough to shake our heads and make concerned grimaces at the news. True enlightened activism is the only thing that can save humanity from itself. I’ve always had a bent towards apocalyptic fiction, and I’m beginning to understand why. I look and I see the earth in flames. Her face was nothing but red.

All I ask is this: Do something. Try something. Speaking out, showing up, writing a letter, a check, a strongly worded e-mail. Pick a cause – there are few unworthy ones. And nudge yourself past the brink of tacit support to action. Once a month, once a year, or just once. If you can’t think of what to do, there is this handy link. Even just learning enough about a subject so you can speak against an opponent eloquently makes you an unusual personage. Start with that. Any one of you would have cried out, would have intervened, had you been in that crowd in Bashiqa. Well thanks to digital technology, you’re all in it now.

I have never had any faith in humanity. But I will give us props on this: if we can evolve, invent and theorize our way into the technologically magical, culturally diverse and artistically magnificent race we are and still get people to buy the idiotic idea that half of us are inferior, we’re pretty amazing. Let our next sleight of hand be to make that myth disappear.

The sky isn’t evil. Try looking up.

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