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Tuesday 20 April 2021

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Streaming and culture… digital

When a word enters the dictionary from a non-native language, it is normal for it to take on a different meaning from the original. Covid has made the word "streaming" common in all languages ​​which, for those who are not English, only means a stable and continuous flow of data that allows media forms to be transferred from a center to the periphery of the network: from the producer to the 'user. Said so it is only a transmission technology, however, reading and listening to those who work in the tourism and culture sector I suspected that they have assumed, in the folds ...

We live in an age of paradoxes

We are living in a time of paradoxes. Words can take on meanings diametrically opposed to their original ones, without most people realizing it. (We live in an age of paradoxes. Words can take diametrically opposite meanings to the original ones, without most people realizing.) It is the phrase with which Francisco Dias inaugurates his blog and highlights how, when a word does not have a meaning identified and shared within a context, it becomes a high-sounding expression of a void, it can be used to fill the nothing with appearance. Just the opposite of that ...

Searching for the Light at the End of the Tunnel

If we want to say something and be listened to, we have to wear a mask. Banksy We are living in a time of paradoxes. Words can take on meanings diametrically opposed to their original ones, without most people realizing it. For populists, mystifiers, evangelical prophets, and snake oil salesmen, all that matters is success. The purest 'credible realities', that serve as a reference for most citizens, are turned into 'alternative realities'. To understand the perilous situation in which humanity finds itself, one must break free from the "dogma of immaculate perception" (Nietzsche), by questioning appearances, looking outwards and to ourselves from the ...

Lusitanian Chronicles. A8. The UNESCO highway

This year I celebrate the date of a famous trip to Italy, at the end of the 90s, a period in which the country experienced the assumption of a notoriety as a world tourist destination, in fact, for me Italy has always been the cradle of Europe, where its world-famous on-site gastronomy could be tasted in a beautiful and welcoming trattoria, and without going through a culinary television program; the excellence of design with all the rigor of detail, and whose quality has contaminated an urban and sophisticated lifestyle, all in a tourist destination where a crowd ...

Save the hoteliers, for the good of Italy

The rhetoric on tourism as Italy's great strategic resource is absolutely justified. The "spending in Italy of non-residents" reached 2019 billion euros in 44,3 with a growth in real terms of over 20% in the last five years. Furthermore, the distribution of tourism potential is quite independent from that of other development factors and therefore tourism development is effectively a lever that can be used to help reduce territorial gaps in the creation of wealth and income. It does not take long to understand that the consequences of the covid-19 epidemic have hit with particular ...

The whole world is a country

English Version here. In the near future we will remember the year 2020 for all the implications it has had on our lives. He will be remembered for both absurdity and common sense. In Athens, Christmas is celebrated in a discreet way. In Greece, as in other Orthodox countries, the biggest holiday takes place around Easter. Yet there is Christmas. There are exchanges of gifts and even families get together. This year, however, and as in most Western countries, everything is different. Most of the activities, by order of the Government, have been closed since mid-November. Restaurants and bars can only operate takeaways. Schools are also closed and ...

The origin of evil

What is the origin of the evil? Like many I have always wondered how evil did it become institutional in certain historical circumstances. And I think I have only recently found a path for reflection. My son started a high school in France this year. He was admitted to a fairly select class in which a small group prepares for the double Franco-German diploma. In addition to compulsory courses, additional study options can be chosen in French high schools. And he, probably guided by the cultural vision of our family, chose to study Latin. Incredibly throughout high school I am ...

Tremble, tremble, the witches are back!

They are like a rain of fragments of a meteorite disintegrated from the atmosphere that hit the viewers indiscriminately, we can't take it anymore! I'm talking about the news on how to get out of the Covid-19 pandemic shot from continuous and uninterrupted jet television (subject to advertising, of course). I turn off to save myself, not from the news that I am able to filter by myself, but from the method. The fact is that I have never loved Russian salad, the thousand islands as the Americans call a side dish made of everything, all together; I flee what has no ...

The soul of a people around a table

Read the article in english "The soul of a people around a pot" I come back to you, looking for my little space on Moondo, and I think that what initially opened this window turns out to be the same reason that I brings back now: the digitization of my emotions, the need to share. I write from a Latin brother country, from the land of good stews and convent desserts, from a creative Unesco city in the center of Portugal, Caldas da Rainha, where conviviality on the street, socializing around a table with family and friends,...

When the actor falls off the stage ...

Assuming we were doing something our readers would like to do, we asked Mariana Calaça Batista, chairwoman of the seminar that Moondo organized to discuss future strategies in the tourism sector, to highlight the conclusions and share the vision of a key sector for the European economy . The whole seminar is visible at this link: https://www.facebook.com/watch/live/?v=314616449708053&ref=watch_permalink By Mariana Calaça Batista In the society of spectacle and great staging in which we lived before this pandemic and on which great tourism was based in the past decades, we came to a time when staging no longer makes any sense. Cases like the big ...

When the elephant comes on the scene ...

in all languages ​​and in all local dialects there are expressions to define uselessness, the waste, the outrage of public utility. These are different and articulated expressions that find no meaning in purely literal translation. In English "the white elephant" means something very big and very useless. In Eastern religions it is a dream. In the experience of Francisco Dias and Moondo's editorial staff, as you can see from the pictures, "the white elephant" is not so rare. (pitch from the "white elephants of Europe" project) By Francisco Dias I'm the mahout Luís Silva. I have a good business idea, and I want to ...

Milestones for a new tourism in the post-19 era of Covid

It is inspiring to dream of two distinct moments in the history of tourism: BC tourism and AC tourism ("Before" and "After Covid"), marking 2020 as the year of rebirth. In the first period, tourism would be described fundamentally as a predatory industry of natural and cultural resources, responsible for a huge global carbon footprint, generating socio-economic imbalances in host communities, heavily based on intensive and precarious jobs and causing various types of paroxysms such as gentrification, the so-called "overtourism" enclave of tourism, etc. And, as if that were not enough, this tourism would be classified, more often than not, as a tourism that has provided ...

History before history: reflections in the time of the Coronavirus

A few mornings ago (it was Sunday or maybe it was May 19st, I don't remember well), I was walking with the dog at dawn, as I do now regularly every day in these months of intense work and from home, at the time of the Coronavirus aka COVID-XNUMX . We were alone in a deserted city, the dog and I, and thoughts flowed through my mind, one after the other, like the frames of a film. The underlying theme of my thoughts revolved around a relationship that I see, putting on the glasses of the paleoanthropologist, between pandemic and globalization. In fact, it seems to me that there is a connection between how many we are, how ...

Television and public service in the time of digital civilization

It was the dawn of the fascist regime. On 8 March 1923 the Mussolini government with the Royal Decree n.1067 establishes that the exercise of communication by means of electromagnetic waves is reserved to the State. A decisive act for the future of Radio and then of Television: with that decree it was established that communication to citizens was public property, like a beach that the State reserves the right to own. To carry out this function, a company was needed to entrust the service to: EIAR was born, the new radio that had already given itself an efficient and functional structure at the beginning of the 30s ...

Creative tourism, a social necessity

Read the article in english "Giving meaning corresponds to an intimate impulse that translates into a preference for the most authentic and genuine experiences, a more relaxed sociability, creative activities and to seek contexts that promote the manifestation of spirituality". It is with these words that in the reflection "Small-scale tourism for more meaningful experiences", Professor Doutor Francisco Dias, professor and researcher in Tourism at the Leiria Polytechnic and director of ART & TUR, concludes an analysis made on the transformation of the tourism sector when Covid- 19 will leave the world.As co-researcher of the CREATOUR network, Creative Tourism Network of Portugal, a ...

Disperse democracy drowned in presentism

How to counteract the symptoms of crisis that afflict us and rebuild the common sense of a community and shared rules in the information society, avoiding the definitive Decline of the West by Bruno Somalvico Democrazia does not mean consociativism, but autonomy, responsibility and the ability to decide for the good of the community by guaranteeing equal conditions of access to knowledge, effective freedom of thought, movement and action and social justice. After the first real global crisis of the coronavirus, the nation states, the European Union, and other international organizations, instead of going in no particular order, must converge on a minimum common multiple of rules of the game ...

Reflecting on Covid-19 and tourism: Now, Tomorrow and After?

Read the article in English Now Unexpectedly, due to a global pandemic, we have been forced to confine ourselves to new forms of work and social isolation. We change behaviors and habits accordingly and think a lot, maybe some more than others, but I suppose we all have some kind of new thinking. In the digital age, we resort to teleworking, teachers and students adapt to online education, and families only contact each other virtually. We pay more attention to hygiene, cleanliness and how the health systems of countries have reacted to the epidemic, starting to receive special attention every day. The pandemic ...

Bani Adam (Sons of Adam)

Read the article in english 21 April 2020 - In the Iranian calendar April 21 is the national holiday for Saadi. "Bani Adam" is a poem by Saadi, a famous Iranian poet of the thirteenth century, who in 2019 became the title in one of the songs of the eighth album of the British band Coldplay, entitled "Everyday Life", for the ability to be a measure of Man. This poem is known in Persian, English and many other languages. The album comprises two sections, the Sunrise and the Sunset, and the music is performed in the Sunrise section. Human beings are part of a whole, Creation of an essence ...

Germany, the European Union and Buridano's donkey

Read the article in english The year is 1987. My friend Edzard Reuter, powerful head of Daimler Benz (which Mercedes is headed by), does me the high honor of inviting me to a secret conference, as head of a large industry German, the Iveco Magirus. It is a type of event that can only be held in Germany. We meet industrialists, financiers, politicians, trade unionists and even journalists, about thirty people. They are around the table all day to discuss concrete things, and those speeches, and the choices that are concluded in an effective but completely informal way, nothing ever leaks out. The...

The world and tourism after Covid-19

Read the article in english Humanity, as a whole, is experiencing probably the most unimaginable moment of its entire existence. If a historian wanted to reject this claim, he would certainly not be able to find another moment in the history of humanity where, globally, all over the world, the daily life of people of all nations has been suddenly interrupted, suspended, broken, put in brackets without a precise date of return to normal. In reality, the very concept of "normality" is seriously shaken, questioned, since even before Covid-19 entered the scene, there was an almost unanimous consensus in ...

What philosophy to choose for the future of Europe

Read the article in english Data is the sea in which we sail. And the data has always been there, because it is that element without which one cannot build. If today we want to design a new project for Europe, we must base it on a philosophy that has understood its importance. The foundations of geometry that is studied in elementary school and used in everyday life were left to us by Plato's youngest disciple, Euclid. In the Elements, Euclid organically collected the rules that for years governed triangles, circles, straight lines, cylinders and numbers (even irrational ones), however he had ...

Coronavirus and freedom reduced to the maximum

Read the article in English We have been at home these days. Within our cloistered units, we experience moments of social isolation. These are necessarily moments that make us reflect on how the leaders we choose to represent manage to act in a situation of intense chaos and to fight against an unknown enemy. Abstention from voting has never been so useless and cowardly. In countries that have directly or indirectly elected populist leaders, these citizens are left to the responsibility of government officials who deceive and deceive their citizens in a selfish perspective by ensuring that they will not suffer ...

For an anthology of ideas

Italian version And if tomorrow, and I underline the if… suddenly, I lost you .. I would have lost the whole worldNot just you. Dear Director, I have asked myself many times, in these dramatic days, what our countries in Europe could have been like when a vaccine would have put humans; the human race, safe from this Covid 19. The first question is: will man have understood how unstable the balance that allows us to share the world in which we live is? For this reason I reread some introductory pages of "Epidemics and Society: From the Black Death to the Present" by Frank Snowden, professor of medical history at Yale. His course ...