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.

Inspiring you to start new roads: travel blogs

There are million different feelings we experience when visiting a new place. Thoughts come up about what we should see or what we should skip and as we reach for our guide book, we discover that it can’t always help us make a decision. That is because they are usually built the same way, focusing on the more popular sights of a city and using an impersonal tone. Here’s where travel blogs come in handy.

So what are the differences between a guide book and a travel blog? Find out more on this week’s TEDxVienna article :)


acest articol nu a fost scris cu placere

ci cu dezgust.

dezgust fata de problemele tarii in care traim. o tara interesata de biletele, de inregistrari facute pe sustache, de fotografii ale “vedetelor” produse de OTV in ipostaze intime, de barfe si de sarada.

o tara in care daca apari la toate posturile de televiziune si nu spui NIMIC, esti considerat o persoana importanta. o tara in care nu conteaza ceea ce esti, ci felul in care arati.

o reclama scumpa pentru un produs prost, pe care nu il poti vinde mai mult decat o data credulilor. pentru ca nimeni nu paseste o a doua data intr-un loc plin de mizerie, in care poate ajunge trecand prin mii de gropi si in care personalul angajat sa se ocupe de el o face intr-un mod scarbos.

nu-i de mirare ca am ajuns sa plecam in alte parti pentru a vedea frumuseti, mare si soare. nu-i de mirare ca suntem sictiriti, ca imbatranim mai repede si ca ne uitam dupa creme de riduri bune in loc sa gasim locuri exotice de vacanta atunci cand ajungem la pensie.

totul porneste din interior. atunci cand incerci sa faci o schimbare in sistem, nu o fa prin promovare, chiar daca este un proces important in crearea unui brand (chiar si de tara). incepe cu lucrurile importante: infrastructura, imbunatatirea personalului (prin instruirea sa corespunzatoare), oferirea unei experiente superioare calitativ clientului. apoi continua cu suprafata, lustruind-o in asa masura incat sa straluceasca in bataia soarelui.

pentru ca o femeie urata machiata frumos ramane o femeie urata. si Romania merita mai mult decat un strat superficial de fard.

foloseste aceasta ocazie pentru a raporta intregul articol la tine, si gandeste-te cum ai putea incepe o mica revolutie. poate prin pasi marunti, dar necesari, procesul de transformare ia loc intr-un ritm mai alert.

[unkle-rabbit in your headlights]

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