There is a recent article in the WSJ talking about the possible breakup of Spain. I am surprised by how much information about what is going on here can be read in the international media. I have read the article and it summarises what happens here more or less quite well:
Today there is an article in The Wall Street Journal about a couple that has moved from California to the Catalan town of Perelada. It is quite interesting to read the article because you see how people from other countries see the country where you live.
One of the things that surprises me is the difference between how people from abroad can see Catalonia and how Catalan people can see it. It is not that the things that are said in the article have no connection with reality. What happens is that what is narrated in the article just shows a little part of Catalonia: the wealthy part of Catalonia.
I remember some decades ago two have met two brothers from Paris who were working outside France. When I mentioned how beautiful was Paris then they told me that their vision was quite different. It is not the same to go on holidays to Paris than to work in a bad job in Paris and live in a banlieu of Paris.
I imagine that something similar happens to California. When you think to go to live in California you may imagine the houses of the celebrities and the beaches, etc. You just do not imagine just to go to California to work in a hard job and live in a no beautiful side of this American state.
Needless to say that life in Perelada is quite different than living in Barcelona. Anyway for anyone coming to Catalonia I will always tell to visit El Liceu.
I read at THE GUARDIAN about a scam of THE WALL STREET JOURNAL in Europe. But I do not understand why was wrong for the WSJ to bring the newspaper free to students at University. It seems that the WSJ is accused of a scam because it wanted to boost its figures by giving almost free copies to students at University (well, the things are not exactly like this. You can read the article at http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/oct/12/wall-street-journal-andrew-langhoff )
Well, I won’t mention the names but here in Catalonia sometimes you find newspapers for free at buses or at universities. I never thought there was something wrong with that. I just thought that the newspapers wanted to have new readers so they put free prints at buses and at universities. It is obvious that by doing that their circulation is increased but what’s wrong with that? Is is not possible for a newspaper to give free prints?
I imagine that the problem with the WSJ maybe is that all this was done in a dark way or something. Because if you give a lot of free prints with transparency I cannot see what’s wrong.
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- WSJ Europe Faces New Scrutiny (online.wsj.com)
- WSJ Europe publisher resigns – read the Dow Jones statement (guardian.co.uk)
- WSJ Europe publisher quits in ethics row (guardian.co.uk)
- WSJ Europe’s Elaborate Plan To Boost Circulation (paidcontent.org)
- Massive Scam Leads To Murdoch Exec Resignation (huffingtonpost.com)
- Words in the News: Scam (englishblog.com)
- WSJ accused of unorthodox boost to circulation (seattlepi.com)
- WSJ accused of unorthodox boost to circulation (theglobeandmail.com)
- WSJ accused of unorthodox boost to circulation (sfgate.com)
- WSJ accused of unorthodox boost to circulation (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Wall Street Journal fakes circulation figures by buying its own paper. (politics.ie)