As some of you know and it's stated on my profile, I have a position in a cultural organization in my province and I'm involved in a lot of initiatives.
Today came out the newspaper which reported our latest project, a poetry show on the lakeside with artistic performances, and the interview they did with me and other people involved in the project.
Here's an excerpt (translated) of the journalist's interview with me and her impressions.
"[...] and finally Jean-Marie Céline (not my real name obviously), the youngest member of this municipal committee (I never said we were a municipal committee).
Fitted into a serious checkered suit, gold rimmed glasses and a Chaplinesque moustache, he resembles a tailored Gandhi (???) in a salesman suit.
His enthusiasm for the incoming season is contagious: "We are so happy the municipality gave us this beautiful beach (we paid it, it wasn't a gift) for our initiative. This is something really magical, we are bringing all sorts of arts and cultures in the lens of our beautiful lake, in the same places in which Manzoni (Alessandro Manzoni, great Italian novelist) wrote his masterpiece.".
At my question if he writes or if he's an artist of sort, he smiles in embarrassment and says he plays "just the piano". [...] with these premise, it's hopeful that more youths will be drawn to our territory and it's patrimony.".
Now, don't take me wrong. I like this little spotlight they gave me, although I couldn't not notice some things.
Leaving aside the jokes on my appearance, she made it look like our initiative, a private initiative, was funded and saw by the public administration. That's not true, we paid and made contracts to get the space for our work.
Also, I said I'd be playing as an accompany in some of these evenings, and she didn't write it.
I admit this made me think.
My case is really minor, but how many medias do modify or omit declarations and quotes in the way they see fit?
I chuckled reading my portion of the article, but also recognized that she focused more on my appearance and age than on what I actually said.
Is this the case too for real, actual important people?
My opinion is that the media can be and is a circus - they cut and make people into figures to fit their narrative.
Thanks for reading,