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14 hours ago by mrchrisadams
Escritor Benjamin Moser é acusado de racismo por trecho em biografia de Clarice Lispector - Geledés
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“I am reminded of the controversy around Moser’s racist remarks on Lispector’s bio, where he wrote that, alongside Clarice, ‘Carolina [Maria de Jesus, a black writer] looks tense and out of place, as if someone had dragged Clarice’s maid into the picture’ [“reminded” by: https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/benjamin-moser-and-the-smallest-woman-in-the-world/ ]

For reference: [link to this article]”]

[See also:
https://twitter.com/sofiaperpetua/status/1162602714301456384

“Also, if you speak Portuguese, check out minute 50:56, where Moser makes a correlation between beauty and artistic genius in a woman, giving Sontag and Lispector as an example, “it is very common that very intelligent people are very beautiful””

points to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NWIfQTH7vJA&t=3220s ]
claricelispector  benjaminmoser  2017  racism  brasil  brazil  anamariagonçalves  carolinamariadejesus 
yesterday by robertogreco
Brazil’s Malaise | Public Books
[via (the author):
https://twitter.com/_lucas_il/status/1163502471915941889

Still chewing over @magda8lena‘s essay about Ben Moser. In 2017, I reviewed a small book Moser wrote about Brazil. I noticed that his description of Brasília as a totalitarian nightmare bore a striking resemblance to the way Lispector describes it in her crônicas

I initially wrote “cribbed” to describe the relationship between the two texts, but after my editor flagged the word, I changed the word to “cites.” He does cite Lispector near the end of the essay - but only briefly, and without ref to the shared ideas about ruins and nightmares

Pains me to think how ready I was - in a piece of criticism, no less - to shy away from my initial instinct and give him the benefit of the doubt when the textual evidence was right there, in front of me.

Here’s that essay: https://publicbooks.org/brazils-malaise/ [image: "One can safely say that Moser’s thinking on Brasília is directly shaped by Lispector’s assessment of the capital city for a 1970 newspaper column. In “Creating Brasília,” Lispector reflects on the “great visual silence” of Costa and Niemeyer’s strange shapes. The city, in her eyes, began with “the starkest of ruins,” over which “the ivy had not yet grown.”2 Lispector’s Brasília lacks an entry point or an exit, and is utterly devoid of people. Moser cites Lispector’s cryptic reflections and adds to them his own more quotidian observations. Its main avenues, he notes, are impossible to cross by foot, and its buildings and homes are full of bored, wealthy Brazilians and diplomats who have already “seen it all” and can therefore tolerate life in a flattened, rigid place."]

An interesting wrinkle: in his translation, Giovanni Pontiero seems to have added a line (“The construction of Brasília: that of a totalitarian state”) that doesn’t exist in the original - and Moser’s essay is largely about how the monumentality of Brasília is totalitarian… [two images]

Anyway. If you haven’t yet, go read @magda8lena‘s essay: https://lareviewofbooks.org/article/benjamin-moser-and-the-smallest-woman-in-the-world/
lucasibericolozada  brazil  brasil  brasilia  2017  brasília  benjaminmoser  claricelispector  cities  totalitarianism  2019  instinct  writing  howwewrite  editing  giovannipontiero 
yesterday by robertogreco
Sometimes Always
Sometimes Always is a graphic design / art direction practice working between São Paulo and Berlin but acting internationally. The studio was born in Brazil out of the intersection between graphic design, music and architecture. Founded in 2012 by Gabriel Finotti as an output for creativity and experimentation, the project has evolved into a design studio, a publisher and a laboratory for creative experimentation. Sometimes Always provides graphic design, art direction, branding, web, editorial and environmental design for institutions, businesses and individuals. The studio concentrates on creating intelligent design based on research, practice and collaboration.
studio  saupaulo  brazil  berlin  germany 
5 days ago by jmuspratt
How YouTube Radicalized Brazil
YouTube’s search and recommendation system appears to have systematically diverted users to far-right and conspiracy channels in Brazil.

A New York Times investigation in Brazil found that, time and again, videos promoted by the site have upended central elements of daily life.

Teachers describe classrooms made unruly by students who quote from YouTube conspiracy videos or who, encouraged by right-wing YouTube stars, secretly record their instructors.

Some parents look to “Dr. YouTube” for health advice but get dangerous misinformation instead, hampering the nation’s efforts to fight diseases like Zika. Viral videos have incited death threats against public health advocates.

And in politics, a wave of right-wing YouTube stars ran for office alongside Mr. Bolsonaro, some winning by historic margins. Most still use the platform, governing the world’s fourth-largest democracy through internet-honed trolling and provocation.

YouTube’s recommendation system is engineered to maximize watchtime, among other factors, the company says, but not to favor any political ideology. The system suggests what to watch next, often playing the videos automatically, in a never-ending quest to keep us glued to our screens.
youtube  politics  brazil  future  grim  engagement  machine-learning  google  zika 
8 days ago by jm
How YouTube Radicalized Brazil
"YouTube built its business on keeping users hooked. This has been a gift to extremist groups. An investigation in the company’s second-biggest market found serious consequences."
politics  brazil  youtube  fail  youtube_fail  public.health  ai 
8 days ago by jimmykduong
How YouTube Radicalized Brazil - The New York Times
YouTube built its business on keeping users hooked. This has been a gift to extremist groups. An investigation in the company’s second-biggest market found serious consequences.
YouTube  brazil  altright  politics  algorithm 
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