An interview made during Gáspár Miklós Tamás’s stay in Zagreb for the ‘Collapse of neoliberalism and the idea of socialism today’ international conference (2.-7.5. 2010) held during the Subversive film festival.
During the early 1990’s Bogotá was the capital city of Colombia and by far the “worst city in the world”. Doomed by corruption, chaos, poverty and violence, Bogotá was at urban decay. At the midst of collapse two creative politicians with radically new methods changed the city at a speed never imagined. This is the beautiful story of Antanas Mockus and Enrique Peñalosa two mayors who created citizenship, culture and democracy in a rotted city.
This biography turned out to be the Media Studies exercise to end them all. The narrator Barbara Flynn explained that there are no moving images of George Orwell nor surviving recordings of his voice. Given that we have wax cylinders of Tennyson croaking his way through The Charge of the Light Brigade, this is disappointing.”
Aldous Huxley, social critic and author of Brave New World, talks to Wallace about threats to freedom in the United States, overpopulation, bureaucracy, propaganda, drugs, advertising, and television.
The Russian Revolution of 1917 was probably the most important event in history — and the most slandered.
“In a videocracy the key to power is the image.
In Italy one man only has kept the domination of the image over three entire decades. As a TV-magnate and then as Presidente, Silvio Berlusconi has created a perfect system of TV-entertainment and politics.
Like no one else he has influenced the content of commercial television in Italy. His TV-channels, known for their over-exposure of almost naked girls, are seen by many as a mirror of his own taste and personality.”
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Four years after Fidel Castro came to power, Agnes brought back from Cuba 1800 photos and used them to make a didactic and amusing documentary.
As Europe adopts a new treaty to strengthen its union, and choses new authorities to speak with one voice for the continent, it confronts the fact that, with twenty seven countries, 500 million people, a combined economy bigger than the US, and almost 2 million soldiers under arms, the European Union is to all intents and purposes, a superpower.
Will 27 nations be able to pull as one and become a dominant power in the 21st century?