Being optimistic in dark times

It is not that my book sees total progress in Brazil, but it is fairly optimistic when it comes to the progress and diversification of the country’s media environment in the last decades. I interviewed two dozens of media producers, all based across that immense territory: from the Amazonian area to the very hot northeast;…

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What I have been writing (2)

After my PhD, part of my 2018 was dedicated to ensuring that all the research I did in the last three years could come to life.

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How poverty affects online personalities on social media

In August 2018, I published an article on First Monday about the advent of online self-representations in the context of impoverished communities. I believe this is one of the most underresearched aspects of social media. The extent to which poverty and inequality could mirror different kinds of self-representation, either by selfies and short text posts on the…

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What I’ve been writing (1)

A review of the exhibition “Another Kind of Life” at the Barbican In this review, I focus on the ambitiousness of saying that one can portray “another kind of life”, as there are limitations found in and out of the art world. I welcome the exhibition due to the great names it can gather, and…

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An image, a favela, and my research

I won the City University’s Images of Research award with an image that represented my PhD research. The photo shows one of the gigantic sculptures by Projeto Morrinho, an art project that started out from Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. It consists of – literally – a mountain of bricks colourfully painted in a way to represent a favela community, with…

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Pensando em favelas como fundações: O caso das Community Land Trusts

Quando observamos a realidade de algumas favelas cariocas, é normal nos renderemos aos problemas. Favelas que sofrem incêndios; outras são palco para a violência urbana. Além do enorme sofrimento impingido aos cidadãos que habitam essas comunidades, há também o problema de custo para o Estado, e a dificuldade em manter novos modelos de gestão, como no caso…

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