16/06/2021

The frock-coated Communist

Friedrich Engels is one of the most interesting and contradictory figures of the 19th century. Born into a prosperous West German merchant family, he spent his career working in the Manchester cotton industry and enjoying the comfortable middle-class life of a Victorian gentleman. Yet Engels was also the co-founder of international communism, the philosophy which in the 20th century came to control one third of the human race and that at the beginning of the 21st century, and after a disappointing application, is still alive. He was also a co-author of The Communist Manifesto and made it possible for Karl Marx to devote himself body and soul to writing Das Kapital.

Tristram Hunt is a historian, journalist and former Labor MP, member of the Royal Historical Society and director since 2017 of the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. In his book The Frock-Coated Communist he analyzes in an ingenious and entertaining way how Engels, one of the great bonvivants of Victorian Britain, was able to reconcile his exuberant personal life with the gestation of a strict political philosophy.

Statue in honor of Marx and Engels in Berlin — Image Sean Galup

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'Blind Spot' —Punto ciego— trata sobre la actual crisis energética, explorando el asunto del pico petrolero y sus implicaciones en el futuro de la civilización. Incluye entrevistas con el sociólogo William R Catton, el biólogo evolucionista Jason Bradford, el analista medioambiental Lester Brown, el escritor Bill McKibben y el físico Albert Allen Barlett, entre otros. La película fue estrenada en 2008 en el Woodstock Film Festival, el London Independent Film Festival y en el European Film Festival Moscow. Según algunas críticas, a su lado el famoso documental impulsado por Al Gore, 'An Incovenient Truth' —Una verdad incómoda—, parece una comedia televisiva.Adolfo Doring is a mexican filmmaker arrived to New York City in the mid-eighties to study Sociology at Columbia University, then interned for rock and roll photographer Joel Brodsky. Doring was director of photography for the classic grunge music videos for Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains or Stone Temple Pilots, while also flying back east to work in the hip hop world with Public Enemy, Naz or Redman. His first directing job for Atlantic Records was for heavy metal group Testament. It led to direct music videos for artists including Sting, Bon Jovi, Vanessa Mae or Diana Krall, amongst others. His work in documentary films began with 'Karaoke Man' (2003), followed by 'The Trial of the St Patrick's Four' (2006), 'Got Stem Cells?' (2007) and 'Blind Spot' (2008). 'Blind Spot' is all about the current oil and energy crisis. It explores the subject of peak oil and its implications for the future of civilization. It includes interviews with sociologist William R Catton, evolutionary biologist Jason Bradford, environmental analyst Lester Brown, NASA's James E Hansen, author Bill McKibben, physicist Albert Allen Bartlett and others. The film was shown in 2008 at the Woodstock Film Festival, London Independent Film Festival and European Film Festival Moscow. According to one review, it makes 'An Inconvenient Truth', the acclaimed film supported by Al Gore, look like a sitcom." 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Economista, cineasta y experto en medios de comunicación, y no necesariamente por ese orden, lleva 15 años empujando el timón de la industria para que pueda sortear su propio iceberg, el digital. Empezó como responsable de organización en la editorial RBA para luego colaborar como consultor experto con los principales grupos de comunicación tanto en prensa, libros, revistas, televisión y agencias de medios. Como miembro del equipo ejecutivo de Accenture, ha colaborado con CCMA —Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals—, Televisión Española, Antena 3, Grupo Godó y Grupo Planeta entre muchos otros, acometiendo planes estratégicos orientados a la transformación del negocio, la monetización de sus contenidos y la sostenibilidad de las operaciones. Ha dirigido la elaboración del libro de referencia 'El papel de las televisiones públicas en España', publicado en 2012 y que pretende ser la hoja de ruta de las televisiones públicas del estado español. Participa activamente en conferencias como experto del sector tanto en nuestro país como en Portugal, y compagina la labor consultiva con su amor por el cine: guionista, productor y director de varios cortometrajes en formato cine de 16 y 35 mm, actualmente está a punto de estrenar su primer largo en formato digital.'The change, or the seed of change, has already happened'. Economist, filmmaker and media expert, and not necessarily in that order, has spent 15 years pushing the helm of the industry so it can overcome its own iceberg, digital. He started as head of the publishing organization and then collaborate RBA as an expert consultant with major media groups in newspapers, books, magazines, television and media agencies. As a member of Accenture's executive team has worked with CTE —Catalan Broadcasting Corporation—, Spanish Public Television, Antena 3, Godo Group and Planeta Group, among many others, undertaking strategic plans aimed at business transformation, monetization of their content and sustainability of operations. He has led the development of the reference book 'The role of public television in Spain', published in 2012 and intends to be the road map of the public state television. Actively participates in conferences as an industry expert both in Spain and Portugal, and he combines advisory work with his love for cinema: writer, producer and director of several short film format of 16 and 35 mm, is now about to release his first feature in digital format." 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Su primer libro, 'El pensamiento negativo', entró en la lista de los 10 libros de no ficción más vendidos en 2008 y llegó a las 15 ediciones; el segundo, 'El sentimiento negativo' (2009) va por la quinta, igual que su primera novela, 'Que la muerte te acompañe' (2011). Es socio fundador y director creativo ejecutivo de la agencia Aftershare.tv y de 60dB, productora de televisión asociada al Grupo Mediaset.'In the future the emotion will be the medium, and hopefully that will bring a more human world'. Bachelor of Business Administration and Management and MBA from ESADE, where he has been professor of 'Old creativity to the new economy', currently gives lectures and courses in the master Branded Content in communication and advertising Elisava School of Design, attached to the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. 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