Cultural Change

Nowadays, it’s interesting how numerous things are going electronic more and more. Technology has taken over in several ways. Everyday it’s as though something new is invented. It’s rather wonderful however it makes a person wonder what will happen next? Soon enough everything will be technologically influenced in some way.

Simply the agriculture in developing countries which used to have people working in the fields has been replaced by machinery. Obviously this is controlled by the higher class who then receive multiple amounts of money, leaving those less fortunate to seek alternative employment. At times, it can be great. Nevertheless, that’s one less person who needed a job.

Regarding occupation, the political world leaders used to send telegrams but eventually they began to use radio. So that’s clearly sending a message that one day we would all move forward and globally.

The mail which can be received via email is something remarkable since it’s quicker. Imagine in a couple years, there will be no need for a mail man or the post office. I guess a couple institutions gone could be good. It would lessen the amount of space and energy used which could reduce the carbon footprint in which it takes to run the many machines in the facilities. That’s special since we’re all going green!

Next, there’s the option to leave your apartment. Walk down the stairs to the sidewalk, head over to the store, enter and stand, decide which newspaper to buy and read it by hand the old fashioned style or click several buttons to view the explicit juicy articles online which update every couple minutes, rather tempting since it requires no movement.

Then shopping for clothing, food and other things now there’s no need to wait in those long lines to try on clothes or pay, items may be delivered to your residence. Apparently books are electronic too; you no longer need to lift your finger to turn the page, simply a click to that age of the novel.

In time no one will need to leave the house which could result in a change of people’s health. Opening windows and allowing air in is nice and all but the stroll in the park or down the avenue could do all the better. Still no one tends to see it that way, as long as we’re all progressing to some extent, its good enough. So the ideas keep expanding and coming closer to this new world perception of change.

Sidewalls.

In this playful romantic comedy directed by Gustavo Taretto, two people find love in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

There’s the typical meet cute scenario where two 30 year old soul mates live on a busy street in closet size apartments.

Javier Drolas and Pilar López De Ayala in “Sidewalls.”

Photo from The New York Times.

Hypochondriac, Martín (Javier Drolas) designs web sites and only leaves home for his therapy sessions. As the online dating life begins, Martin finds a timid dog walker. For some time, it works but things feel mismatched as he relates structures to neurotic residents.

The two soul mates live divided by walls of the real and virtual world.

Mariana (Pilar López de Ayala) is a creative crazy architect recovering from a breakup. She strives to create more buildings to add more to résumé but for now, she makes store window displays and collects male mannequins for art. Soon enough, she meets an ex-lover lookalike who becomes her companion.

The film portrays animation, graphic art and fabricated street scenes which create a photographic collage throughout Buenos Aires.

Sidewalls is showing at the IFC Center on 323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street along with other independent films at the downtown New York cinema venue.

Here’s the trailer…

Still An Issue

Racism has been highlighted within football culture throughout the global sport’s progression.

Students voiced their opinions and experiences regarding footballers, managers and fans who have promoted and suffered from the effects of racism.

Sebastian Abella, 21, from Madrid, Spain said, “I support Real Madrid. I think the values of the team are great. It’s my team for life. However, I wouldn’t stop supporting them if they were racially motivated. I think it can be seen that during the 1998 World Cup, the French National Football Team had only about four 100 percent French players on the team. However I think racism is less common and important than what the media tries to portray.”

During the past weeks and months, there were incidents during the England National Football Team‘s match in Sofia, Bulgaria where players Theo Walcott, Ashley Cole and Ashley Young were taunted by Bulgarian fans with Nazi salutes during the match.

Self explanatory.

Photo from The Daily Mail.

Then there was an altercation between Uruguayan Liverpool striker, Luis Suarez and Manchester United defender Patrice Evra. Suarez allegedly said racist remarks to Evra during the match. Yet, the referee was not told about the assault on the pitch. Manchester United stood by their teammate as Evra pursued his case. Then Liverpool made a statement that if Evra was not able to provide witness statements of evidence, they would challenge the FA to accuse him of malicious allegation. The FA is working on looking at pictures and videos to interpret lip reading and body language between the players. The case is still in transition.

And things begin to kick off …

Photo from Newstateman.

Luis Suarez and Patrice Evra speaking to the referee.

Photo from The Guardian.

Eluid Ortiz, 19, from Carmel, California who supports FC Barcelona for their games of quick passing and fluid movement said, ” As a player, one is trained to ignore comments from players and fans, but it still happens. Just remember Zidane in 2006. Materazzi knew what he was doing. I think racism is a big deal because racist comments can hurt a player psychologically, resulting in poor performance. Race is something a person can’t change, which makes it all the more hurtful. Honestly, I think football unites different people and the world is well aware of that but as long as everyone is different, someone is bound to make a comment regarding race. I think it’s dumb for players to get in arguments in general though and it’s unacceptable. Whether Suarez or Evra is telling the truth, the fact that the argument is about race should be taken seriously. It’s good that the FA demanded video evidence of the incident, and it did a good job in making this important. Still when things like this happen, the focus drifts away from the game itself.”

Many footballers and fans try to make the prime focus the sport. After all, that’s why you go to the pub, stadium or someone’s house to watch a game. Nevertheless, there are times when you can’t get away from that type of situation. So there are anti-racist campaign groups which aim to educate and encourage people to know more about minorities in football such as Kick It Out and Show Racism: the Red Card. These groups are determined to tackle football discrimination. Several high profile footballers who have been victims of racism have spoken out including Samuel Eto’o who said,”Racism is something created and anything that has been created can be undone.” from Show Racism: the Red Card site.

Football is a spectator sport which should be enjoyed by the footballers and fans regardless of race. Nevertheless, there are assaults on players and by fans to players. Student Marcus Marinos, 20, from Greece said, ” I support Paok for their atmosphere in the stadium. At times, I have seen supporters go to the stadium with aggression towards the other team especially when there are Greeks and Albanians involved during the matches.”

There have been many accounts and for some reason abroad. There have been major racism cases throughout Europe including 3 in Belgium, 5 in France, 13 in Germany, 5 in Italy, 1 in Lithuania, 2 in Montenegro, 6 in the Netherlands, 3 in Norway, 3 in Poland, 5 in Russia, 4 in Serbia, 5 in Slovakia, 8 in Spain and 1 in Sweden. Well student, Alex Beola, 20, from New York said, “I support FC Barcelona since it’s my family’s team. I think racism will always be apart of the game due to ignorant fans. If anything there should be harsher bans to players and fans who have committed racist offenses.”

According to the FA Discipline Handbook 2011/12 Season, players who commit these offenses are usually fined up to the maximum £14,000 charge or suspended while fans are banned from stadiums. Student Robert Manukyan, 19 from Yerevan, Armenia, said, “I support Manchester United, an attractive team with an old school feel to them. I think football is apart of global culture. Racism is a side effect of it. It’s necessary to stop racism in the world first to get it out of football.” Robert was also a victim of racial slurs in association with football.

From the start though, football players should set an example for fans. If they behave irresponsibly, it will be reflected in the fans as they are seen as role models who would then set to promote nationalism, fascism, hooliganism which would spread across cultural communities internationally. Student, Hamad Al-Khamees, 19, from Kuwait said, “I support Athletico Madrid and will continue to no matter how many campaigns are held. Racism is an ugly part of the game and I have been a victim of it while playing in Madrid, Spain being the only non-Spanish player.” And these are only students expressing how they feel about the issue from around the world.

Photo from the Daily Mail.

As recent as last weekend, there was an anti-racism promotional event during weekend matches where England National Team Captain and Chelsea center back defender, John Terry apparently missed the point. Terry has been accused of racist allegations against Anton Ferdinand but is fighting the assumption of him saying, ‘Black C***” on live television. The previous youtube videos I saw have now been removed so if you were wondering I don’t know how to get footage of it now. The FA is currently investigating the racist slur allegation and the context in which it was used according to the Telegraph.

There are now high profile professional players worried about how they will be treated in future international matches like the 2018 World Cup matches in Eastern European countries, Poland, Ukraine and Russia. Student Anders Woeggsborg, 19 from Copenhagen, Denmark, said, “It is significant to eradicte racism first to make the football environment decent.” The behavior remains to be seen.

New Music !!!

Talented musician, Graham Andrews composed a song called Berliner.

This is a great song filled with melodic transitions which float into each other as the song progresses.

There are no more stories…

The lyrics feature moments relating to life experiences.

The video consists of amazing visual effects including vibrant face paint and masks to emphasize the different things and chapters we encounter through our life stages. There are faces from every race in the video to convey that the song can represent everyone.

The lead guitar has an upbeat and fluid rhythm which catches the audience’s attention in collaboration with the Graham’s magical voice.

Graham Andrews currently resides with his family in Eastbourne, East Sussex, United Kingdom.

This song will change the way you think.

There’s just so many days and each day will slowly, slowly change…

‘Park in the Sky’

Throughout the summer, Manhattan was successful with opening a new popular high line project.

After transforming an old rail line into a communal place, New Yorkers love this differently designed park named ‘Park in the Sky’.

Lots of people adore the park as it links the street and park together. The park has been used for a variety of things including recreation, exercise, peaceful moment, parties and more.

It’s quite exciting as a new public space. Millions have visited the attraction from all over the world.

The park is set to renovate even more for future events.

For more information: Watch the BBC link video.

How To Make It In America

The popular HBO American comedy drama series is back and running on Sunday nights.

In How To Make It In America, four enterprising twenty something year old male friends are trying to make it big in the city through New York City’s competitive and stressful fashion scene.

It’s interesting how the creator, Ian Edelman premiered this amazing show just as Entourage concluded as well as the major fashion weeks in New York, London, Milan and Paris came to an end.

These man are working towards the dollar as the song  “I Need A Dollar” written and performed by Aloe Blacc highlights. The young men aim to achieve and accomplish the American Dream. Starring Ben Epstein (Bryan Greenberg) and Cam Calderon (Victor Rasuk), they put their book smarts and street smarts together to collaborate with Domingo (Scott Mescudi) and Cam’s cousin, Rene Calderon (Luiz Guzman) with a energy drink scheme, Rasta Monsta which fails miserably in the first season.

Now back in the second season, the downtown scene portrays encounters with characters as they relate to the various subcultures of NYC. The characters, Ben and Cam organize a fashion event to promote their new clothing line, Crisp, while dealing with pressure from Rene who keeps holding Cam back, the usual family stunt. The event goes well and ends with a bang. No literally, one of Rene’s bodyguards shoots himself in the leg. Still with the electronic tunes, Japanese school girl hipster dancers, photographers and interviews, the young men end up selling 55 units of their merchandise. The possibility of having their own Crisp rack in a showroom in Midtown presents itself from a sales rep. Also although the boys are willing to throw their morals sideways to be successful in life, slowly and crazily they are moving on up.

This show is often compared the male centered series, Entourage. Yet How To Make It In America has a different direction. It would be cool to see if it lives up to its name and becomes a new kind of male entertainment.