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Something interesting happened this week here in Brasil. Some of you may enjoy reality shows. I find some interesting and some annoying but the one i’ll talk about is a really bad one. Supposed to be the father of all reality shows the Big brother had a really successful carrier all over the world and specially in Brasil. In it’s 12 edition the show is the most watched show all over the country. All these explanations so you can get my point. Last week something really absurd happened. I saw news over the web about a video from the night before. If some don’t know about Big brother the put more or less a dozen people in a house for three months or so. Each week one is voted to leave the house. The last person in the house wins around a million bucks. More than 200 cameras film these people 24/7 and the audience seams to get interested in watching this. So there was a video and something bad happened in it. I saw the video out of curiosity and it was like this: Girl and boy go to room. She is really drunk and he is not much. The infrared cameras see it all. They lay under the mattress and kiss twice. She says she don’t want it and pull him away. She is really drunk. After a couple minutes she stop moving. She passed out. The guy gets closer and start moving under the mattress. It’s clear what he is doing on the major network of a almost 200 million people’s country. He is raping her. I was so shocked i started looking all over the web “demanding” an attitude from the TV station. Nothing. I got desperate. Is it possible it will just pass by as nothing happened? Next morning i looked again and some things happened. The TV station and it’s partner google took the footage i saw from youtube. Next night the show mentioned something about the “lovebirds” leading people to believe it was something else. Only the beginning of the video was showed when the girl was still awake. In older days this would go as i’m telling you guys and as we say here in Brasil it would all end in “pizza”!! Nothing would be done. So this morning after posting in twitter and facebook all i could on the case i decide to write a post called “when the law is no more”. That tittle was about my indignation towards the law these days. It’s too subjective. If you have money enough you can kill and get away with it easy. If you have none you will go to jail for shoplifting medicine even if you are an old man in need. I know i case just like that. A TV station can decide to get away with rape and nobody can do something about it and so it goes. That was my tittle and 10 years about that would be my post. Not much has changed. The rich still have a different way to deal with the law. The powerful can do mostly anything. But something changed. Just a bit. And i think it’s amazing and this story proved that to me. As myself thousands of other people in twitter and facebook complained about this fact. As i understood the news the TV station was really happy because they were gaining a lot of notice on the web and the show would probably be even more powerful. The director of the show mentioned those were racist comments because the guy was black!!! He could be green and nothing would have changed!! The guy raped a girl in national TV!! Probably this thing about racism was well thought by a group of public relation guys. Probably the lawyers were all in hand. But a couple hours ago i got the news i had to change my tittle and what i did was to put an interrogation mark. Something good happened. The police invaded the TV station and asked to hear the two involved right away. There was a fuzz and the show was off the air. The news just mentioned that the guy was disqualified and would have to leave the show. After that the guy would be questioned by the cops. Not because of the TV station but because of the thousands of people complains on the web. Somehow this lobby made the difference in this case. Somehow it gave me a little taste of the “power emanated from the people”. People were heard and someone took action over it. People with no money got what they think it was fair and the TV station have to give with no way out. So maybe there’s a channel here. If well used it could help our voices to be heard even in this world where the law “is no more”???

Who’s afraid of the tube?? Firstly what does it mean these days?? When i was a kid there was this fear of television. It could ruin your brains if you spent too much time in front of it. Even so all the kids came back from school and stayed all day long watching cartoons and eating on the couch in front of the Tv. My mom used to say Tv rays could give cancer. Now i know that the truth is that Tv is a time waste and it really can ruin your life but just if you spend all of it watching your favorite shows. By the way people that watches too much Tv don’t have favorite shows. They just use Tv for hypnosis. They turn off the world outside and get inside the message on TV. That way everything will be alright. Today we are facing different times with different problems. Tv is less used than before but just because kids found another much more addictive tube. With the internet we changed our lifestyle so fast that in fifteen years the time of exposure dropped to half on Tv and in other hand now it’s accepted for a kid to spend eight hours on the internet. Twenty years ago if the internet pioneers knew this they would probably decide not to have kids but today it’s normal. Computers are really very useful. Many things we had to do in the past are resolved in computers with much less effort and also things that where not possible now are piece of cake. Well… That’s the problem. I worked with post production in Tv for ten years in a major time of change for post houses. In the middle of the nineties solutions that would cost two million dollars would cost twenty thousand ten years after that. All the game changed and that’s awesome but that’s kinda oversimplifying. In order to completely change in these ten years it had thousands of small changes in the meantime. What we professionals learned with this new computer wave it that we would better ourselves during whole years but in the end we were not better. We were just updated. So many softwares with so many versions. All of them great tools that all of us would need to learn and don’t get me wrong. I love tool. All people from post production are gadgets maniacs but the point is: if you are doing art direction in post for an example we need to learn art and not software. An editor have to learn the art of editing and not the next version of final cut. What happens with this is that the other and more important characteristics of the profession get seconded by this need to update!
That’s the reason art direction is getting more and more shallow in most places. And if we apply this concern in kids education and lives we will end up understanding computers are taking so much of their time that they may end up living less experiences in this real world outside the tube and any kind of wisdom comes from experience and living. So now guess what: i’m afraid of having kids!