Monthly Archives: January 2013

Cultural swing

Losing touch with the Romanian “media culture” was not something I had considered when arriving to Vienna. The thing that surprises me the most is that it occurred so silently, nobody could even sense it happened. Having no access to the object that kept me on track with everything during my 19 year long stay in the Carpathian Garden – the TV and its wonders – eventually led to a loss of interest towards themes so fervently discussed back in Sibiu. Why?

It’s been more than two years since I last sat on my favourite chair in my grandmother’s home, reading a piece of beautiful Romanian postmodern creation that was absolutely unrelated to the exams I had to take in order to obtain my high school degree. I vaguely remember the coffee conversations we enjoyed in Sibiu, yet always remember the places, the people and the books (and the places where you could get the books and meet lots of cool people – Humanitas). Of course, everything that happened in the media was a part of our lives and of our discussion topics, the music we heard on TV was played at our parties and the people who were famous for a reason and promoted in the media were our models in life.

Compared to the Austrian press, Romanian print is extremely poor in information and suffers from a severe case of tabloidization, yet it’s still being read and somewhat followed (in terms of fashion and lifestyle of celebrities, habits of going to very expensive clubs and wearing very expensive clothes and so on) by a big load of people. Media apparently influences Austrian minds and Romanian pockets.

Although it was hard getting to transit from the typical Romanian way of perceiving media, Vienna (and even more: the University of Vienna) has introduced me to some of the most fascinating themes I’ve faced so far. Coming close to the age of uninnocence, subjects that earlier could not be debated without a serious amount of controversy and very many stereotypes in mind seem more and more promising. The pages are unfolding in a more Standard (Austrian quality newspaper) kind of life than in the typical Tribuna (local Sibiu newspaper) times. It’s true, I haven’t read a good postmodern fiction work in a long while and my favourite chair can never be replaced. Yet nobody seeks to copy Lugner around here and it makes much more sense to take some distance from things portrayed in the media – both on TV and in print – then to let your life be exclusively influenced by it.

Tip for estranged Romanians suffering from cultural swing: always listen closely to the songs on the radio that are trendy in Romania when arriving in the country, then repeat some lyrics in front of your friends. Somehow this still gets the conversations started just like in the old days.

Campaigning Summit 2013 Gewinnspiel

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2013 hat noch nicht einmal richtig angefangen und schon gibt’s was Tolles für uns: am 25. Januar findet im Studio44 der Österreichischen Lotterien in Wien der Campaigning Summit statt und unter den Top-Speaker wird auch Matt Harding dabei sein!

Er hat es mit seinem Projekt „Where the Hell is Matt?“ in die Youtube World-Charts geschafft, indem er Menschen auf der ganzen Welt mobilisiert hat mit ihm zu tanzen. Darunter findest du eines seiner besten Videos, das er 2008 veröffentlichte.

Dank des Campaigning Summit Teams gibt es hier die Möglichkeit, ein Ticket zu gewinnen. Dafür musst du einfach diesen Artikel auf Facebook oder Twitter teilen UND in einem Kommentar darunter schreiben, warum du beim Event teilnehmen möchtest. Das Gewinnspiel läuft bis am 17.01 um 23.59 Uhr und am 19.01 erfahren wir den Gewinner oder die Gewinnerin.

Later Edit: Nachdem die Kommentare gezählt wurden, hat Random.org wieder entschlossen: das Ticket geht aaaaan…

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Sam Bredl, herzlichen Glückwunsch und wir sehen uns beim Event! Ich werde dich übers Wochenende mit Details zum Ticket kontaktieren.

TEDxVienna bietet außerdem eine Möglichkeit, um Tickets zum Summit für nur 99 Euro zu erwerben, indem man einfach CSV2013-TEDX als Aktionscode beim Kauf eines Tickets eingibt. Daher hoffe ich, dass wir uns nächste Woche sehen werden! Bis dann, Prüfungsmodus AN.

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