I was watching some video presentations captured at TEDx São Paulo from late last year and in the same way that TED Talks in California isn’t always a riveting show, the Brazilian version has its pluses and minuses. Two of the pluses were talks given by journalist Denis Russo Bergierman (video below) and by actress & comedian Regina Casé (found here w/o subtitles).
As far as Bergierman’s video, due to the fact that it comes subtitled and since it is fairly well-explained, there’s not much to say about it, aside from saying he has a good point. While Brazil does have a lot of problems, they also have a large pool of talented people that can help to solve such problems.
In terms of Casé’s video, she talks about how the term “popular culture” actually excludes popular cultural movements created by marginalized communities. I fully agree with her and will side with the philosopher Socrates in saying the idea of the ‘majority’ knowing what is best for entire population is nothing but a fallacy. The problem I have with Casé though, is that she uses baile funk of Rio and tecnobrega of Pará as prime examples. Having lived both to a certain extent, I would personally not choose to cite those as unjustly under-valued popular movements. Baile funk for one, promotes hypersexuality and violence while tecnobrega must have been created by a pre-teenage girl skilled in the use of a voice synthesizer who steals her lyrics from the likes of the Backstreet Boys.
Give me baile funk without the dirtiness or tecnobrega with meaningful lyrics (and a human voice) and I would actually support Regina Casé’s examples as undeservingly under-valued.