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Is Internet narrowing our view? February 3, 2009

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by Emmanuel Neisa

Here in India I receive two daily newspapers, The Hindu and The Times of India. However, I can’t help going to the Internet to consult the daily news. Internet users all over the world have changed their way to ‘consume’ news, tending to retrieve the important information from a number of newspaper websites, blogs and other sites on the web.

Even if in 80% of the countries newspaper circulation has been stable or continued to grow last year, in developed economies, they are facing the worst crisis in their history. A strong decrease in newspapers’ sellings has forced restructuring in diaries such as Le Monde and The New York Times –which has now debts for more than $1 billion-. With the spread of the Internet, catching readers’ attention is becoming more and more difficult as people can shift easily from a news source to another.

This map of the Internet realized by researchers fromBar Ilan University shows how is the content organized in the web

This map of Internet realized by researchers from Bar Ilan University shows how the content is organized in the web

Internet is now becoming the hub for political information and discussions and the recent Obama campaign confirms its importance in shaping the public opinion. It is said to have brought openness into our world, allowing us to meet people from diverse realities and opinions. However, communautarism in the web seems to go in the opposite sense of that supposed openness.

The information shift towards the Internet is not without consequences and changes the way we perceive current news and form our own opinion. What is exactly happening with the public discussion and what is Internet changing?

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Obama’s Presidency: balancing expectations January 26, 2009

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by Vera Quina

Hope for Africa too?

Hope for Africa too?

On Tuesday, the 20th of January Barack Hussein Obama, the first Afro-American winning the White House, was inaugurated as the 44th President of the United States of America. I did not have a chance to go to Washington and see it live; in fact, at the time of Obama’s speech my plane was landing in Newark, New Jersey. But while I was waiting in the long queue of immigration, I managed to get some glimpses of the inauguration ceremony and was pleasantly surprised and touched by seeing the streets of D.C filled with thrilled faces of so many African Americans. When the TV screened showed a man selling T-shirts with a picture of the White House and the slogan “THE BLACK HOUSE” I could not help to crack a smile.

During his campaign Obama surely fueled dreams, and African-Americans, many of whom long felt estranged with politics, listened and gained “HOPE”.

But what will a black President really bring to Africans in the United States and in Africa?

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Why does Europe love Obama? November 10, 2008

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 by Dídac Gutiérrez-Peris

Perhaps because he is a citizen of the world?

His last speech in Chicago was more than a “national” speech, and in Tiergarten, in Berlin, some months ago, he showed that he can mobilize people who are not necessarily American.

Do we like him because is not the typical “American hero” like McCain is? Because he seems like a political outsider in the United States, neither extremely linked to the Democratic Party, nor depending on being funded by lobbies?

Perhaps we like him just for more obvious things: he’s young, attractive, intelligent, fascinating, a good speaker and he promises a change from the most unpopular American administration in history. (more…)

Obama or McCain – who takes lady America home ? November 3, 2008

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by Katja Ponath

The upcoming elections amount to a global super-event of a special kind. More than ‘just politics’ it has become a highly emotional affair, as well between Obama and McCain fighting for Lady America as in how  the voters and observers identify with the candidate of their choice. Walking the streets of New York I can see Obama T-Shirts, McCain tags and Democrat stickers.  The old Roman saying “Ex socio cognoscitur vir. » (Tell me what company you keep and I tell you who you are) apparently has been remodeled into “Tell me who you vote for and I tell you who you are (and if I still want to keep company with you)”. The election hype goes so far that the decisive question on American dates these dates probably is not “Your place or mine?”, but “Obama or McCain?”. (more…)

Obamamania 2 weeks from D-day October 22, 2008

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by Vera Quina

Who will win the election in two weeks time? If you wander around New York City, the question is straightforward: Barack Obama. What is interesting of this candidate, virtually unknown to the outside world and even to most Americans as early as two years ago is its mediatized campaign. He is a true master of communication and is the first politician to take full advantage of our marketing society in this beginning of the XXIst century. (more…)