Ethics in advertising

Advertising is always a controversial issue and everybody has their own opinion. Even though there are fans who like ads’ music, slogans or design, advertisements are spreading out stereotypes and principles. On the one hand it seems that everything is permitted in order to attract consumers and sell products, however some images or slogans could…

What is art?

Is art just an expression? Should art be meaningful to the viewer? A piece of art must be beautiful? What is beauty? A piece of art should be understandable? A piece of art could be compared with another one? Artists could be compared? Ancient art has more worth than the modern one or the contemporary…

Has a non-religious society a lack of moral values?

After Easter, the speaking corner’s topic was religion. We started by answering the question if in a non-religious society there is a lack of moral values. All answers were very personal and different but all we agreed in considering that States and Governments should be non-confessional because faith and religion belong to the private life…

Are there situacions in that terrorism is the only answer?

After watching the first minutes of the TED Talk video ‘Inside the mind of a former radical jihadist’ we had a discussion about terrorism. In fact, a very difficult issue because it’s a matter of feelings in witch is very complicated to remain objective and cerebral. The experience of Manwar Ali is amazing and touching….

Little Homage to Fariha

Today I gave a little presentation to my class peers in order to rehearsal for the presentation’s exam. Yesterday it was The Women’s Day, so I would like to dedicate my presentation to a woman, whose name is Fariha and, through her, I’d like to pay a little homage to all oppressed women in the…

The Oscars 2017

This time, in the speaking corner we commented the Oscars, wich awards were publicized in the ceremony held 2 days ago. We had a lot of ‘raw material’ to discuss due to the historical mistake committed when presenters, Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, wrongly named La La Land as the Best Picture instead of Moonlight….

Does social networking give rise to a new society?

One of the conclusions we stated while talking about social networks was that the internet use is bringing about different ways of social interaction and deep changes in our society. Surely, in the future it will be consider the biggest revolution in human history, probably more important than the wheel invention or the space conquest….

Corny presents and good debates on St. Valentine’s Day

In the speaking corner, today’s debate was about relationships and couples. Fortunately, we didn’t talk about silly romanticism and corny red hearths that today had appeared everywhere. Although we didn’t get any conclusion, we shared points of view on different topics. Do relationships last forever? Should infidelity be forgiven? Are we monogamous by nature? Men…

Discovering René Magritte

Today our speaking corner was focused on the Belgian painter, René Magritte (1898-1967). We analysed several paintings, all of them amazing and challenging. By his oeuvre, this leading figure of European’s surrealism and magic realism plays with pre-established perceptions of reality. He was a thought-provoker and depicted ordinary objects and sceneries in an unusual context….

Is bilingualism a problem in Catalonia?

This time the speaking corner’s subject was bilingualism. The question was if we thought that foreign students or multinational companies would consider the use of Catalan a disadvantage for settling in Catalonia. All attendants had a positive point of view towards bilingualism and most of them had examples in their own families, where people use…

Art: expression or impression?

It was the first speaking corner this year. We observed several paintings by Eduard Hopper and also the ‘Raft of the Medusa’ by Géricault, the ‘In Bed the Kiss’ by Toulouse-Lautrec and ‘The Starry Night’ by Vincent van Gogh. With Joan, we talked about impressions, sensations, feelings, textures, perspectives, atmospheres and ambiances. Eduard Hopper (1882-1967)…