The brand identity page of the teaser site for Factual includes a list of f-words defining a new scientific journalism. You see, by separating the opinionated goats from the factual sheep we can magically return News to the People, or something of the kind, and all for only 50 euros, Sir. Unfortunately Arcadi or his blurb writer chose to add gravitas by straying abroad, so that, coming in at no 5, we get
Faction … Del inglés fact (hecho). No ficción, en oposición a la fiction (ficción).
Well, no. “Faction” actually refers to the fictionalising of facts–generally discredited in the Anglocabrón news media, and diametrically opposite to Arcadi’s purported intent. A serious journalist would have looked it up in a dictionary or slipped 100€ to someone like me or Peter Harvey in order to cover his brand’s ass and his investment. So it looks like plus ça change etc etc.
(I didn’t look that up because, as you probably know, the future isn’t in serious or in professional journalism.)
- Factual/fucktual revisited
Launch of Arcadi Espada news-site.
Two lovely designers who trade the occasional hour with me and eat my curries and drink my hooch have informed me that all the various sites grouped under oreneta.com need to change. The Baldie needs to be legible by users over 35. Kalebeul needs more identity (someone said duotint photo 2 in sepia; I tried to photo a …
- Worst ever Spanish covers of English-language songs?
I haven’t talked to any of the perpetrators, but I have little doubt that the principal cause of what we regard as fucked translation is a misunderstanding as to its function: whereas English-speakers expect to encounter a linguistic resource, the aim of Romance-dialect-speaking businesses, politicians and civil servants in providing English translation is often symbolic …
- In praise of troglodytes
The NYT editorial Army Troglodytes in Spain is misguided and reactionary (as well as being factually inaccurate re Spain’s history and constitutional order). Troglodytes are good, forward-looking people whose choice of housing reflects a concern for energy conservation; unlike nomads, troglodytes rarely form armies and are generally nice, romantic things like shepherds, brigands and Ruby programmers. …