ELECTRA 4: Journalism, the media and other powers being analysed



Front page
José Manuel dos Santos and António Soares

Subject: Breaking news - journalism, the media and other powers

Praying for journalism
António Guerreiro

From good news to fake news
Carla Baptista

Journalism, networks and freedom of expression
José Luis Pardo

The irreversible decline of the tradicional media
Joshua Benton


Reporters and filmakers: fear of fiction
Jacinto Godinho

Populism in Mediarchy
Yves Citton

Uncertainty, journalism and crisis
Barbie Zelizer


We are all born mad. Some remain so
Fernando Belo


The formative years of the young Albert Einstein (1895–1901)
Christian Bracco


Ephemeral urbanism
Felipe Vera


Wittgenstein and the Tractatus: the impossible answer
Leonel Azevedo


Blue Rubrics
William Kentridge

In the firts person

Alexander Kluge

View of Delft

Berlim: Humboldt's bunker
Durs Grünbein

Diagonals: Israel: how to make a nation state?

No one is native
Donatella Di Cesare

Israel and the law of Israel
Éric Marty

Chosen works

Bayreuth HD
João Pedro Cachopo

Paula Rego made simple in French
João Pinharanda

Emmanuel Todd, a voice in the wilderness
Bernardo Futscher Pereira

Molder and the reality game
Claudio Rozzoni

Rui Chafes e Alberto Giacometti:
By night light

A hand in the void
Frederico Nicolao

«In darkness let me dwell»
Manuel de Freitas

Dictionary of received ideas

Vasco M. Barreto

The crisis and the uncertainties of journalism, the good and the fake news, the new media, social networks and freedom of speech, populism and the irreversible decline of traditional media are topics in highlight in the just published magazine Electra, n.º 4.

In a set of eight original articles, there is a multifaceted analysis of the current mediatic scenario – its risks and challenges -, which counts on the contributions of national and international thinkers, such as Barbie Zelizer, communication teacher and director at the Center for Media at Risk at Pennsylvania University; Carla Baptista, teacher at the Department of Communication Sciences at FCSH–UNL (University of Lisbon); Jacinto Godinho, journalist and teacher at the Department of Communication Sciences at UNL (University of Lisbon); José Luis Pardo, philosophy professor at the Complutense University of Madrid; Joshua Benton, founder and director of the Nieman Journalism Lab of Harvard University – interviewed in this edition; and Yves Citton, professor of literature and media at the University of Paris.

“To speak of the media in these times of vertiginous communication and in this world of noisy networks is to speak about the dissemination, dispersion, depreciation, multiplication, proliferation”, is written in the editorial. It is also to speak about concentration, ‘technologization’, worldliness, commercialization, massification, manipulation, loss of credibility, ‘mediarchy’, audience dictatorship, fake news, fake profiles, trolls and twitts.

The recent proclamation of Israel as a Nation-State of the Jewish people is the topic of the «Diagonal» section. The Italian philosopher Donatella Di Cesare, and the French author of literary studies, Éric Marty, both with work and public intervention in Israel, judaism and the jewish issue, comment on the law approved in July 2018, taking different paths as far as its sense, reach and consequences go.

An interview to Alexander Kluge, an exceptional personality of the German culture; Einstein’s years of study and training in an article by the historian Christian Bracco, author of the recent book Quand Albert devient Einstein (When Albert became Einstein); the Tratactus Logico-Philosophicus of Wittgenstein; a description of the city of Berlin, made by the German poet and essayist Durs Grünbein, also find their place in this edition.

The author of the portfolio is William Kentridge. It is a work for Electra that has as starting point the notes written in red, which in religious books, accompany the liturgical text that teaches how to pray. 

Electra magazine is a project of the EDP Foundation and was launched in March 2018. Being a quarterly magazine of thought and criticism, it counts exclusively on original works of national and foreign thinkers. It is published in Portuguese and in English.

The magazine is sold at news-stands, newsagents, bookstores, at the MAAT shop and online.

28 Feb 2019