Watched it? Tell everybody what you think.

Posted in 1 by Editor on March 8, 2009
On the media in Malta
and other things.
A conversation
with Raphael Vella,
Art Co-ordinator
at the Faculty of Education,
University of Malta,
Tuesday 10th March
on Tango, One Tv, after 22.30
Tell us what you made of it. 

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  1. Catherine Vella said, on February 18, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    I watched Profs Borg on Tango. Intellectuals like him make Malta proud. It is encouraging to see that he sympathises with Labour. Wasn’t he on the Commission appointed by the Party to study the circumstances of the 2008 defeat? It is even more encouraging to see that Labour is now finally turning to people like Carmel Borg not only when it loses but also, and more importantly, to be amongs the protagonists of the cultural earthquake led by Joseph Muscat.

  2. Noel Mallia said, on February 18, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    I agree with Catherine. I also particularly enjoyed Dr Vella’s conversations with Professor Peter Mayo (sociologist of education), Dr John Chircop (historian), Dr Josann Cutajar (sociologist). Not quite the anti-intellectual Party some insist on portraying us as!

  3. Marlene Briffa said, on February 18, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    @Catherine and Noel
    I think that Mario Vella’s conversations with persons who are not counted as Labourites are as politically significant as those with Labour intellectuals. Take his Tango with University rector Profs Juanito Camilleri and with judge Giovanni Bonello of the European Court of Justice.

  4. Dorothy camilleri said, on February 20, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Why is it that intellectuals like Carmel Borg were never contacted for their ideas during the last ten years? It makes me wonder.

    Editor’s note: Professor Carmel Borg of the Faculty of Education at the University of Malta was Mario Vella’s guest on Tango on February 17, 2008.

  5. dusty said, on February 23, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Re: Tango

    Very well prepared and informative. A breath of fresh air from the usual stuff on local stations….

  6. Graham Camilleri said, on March 6, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    I was impressed by Keith Pisani. A young intellectual with a great potential!

    Proset to Dr Vella for having spoken openly about the closing of the Department of Philosophy of the University of Malta under a Labour Government. We have to confront our past. Only if we do this can we achieve the credibility we deserve.

  7. Graham Camilleri said, on March 9, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Looking forward to ‘meeting’ Dr Raphael Vella. This should be a stimulating conversation! Raphael has not minced words about the Maltese media being a hostage in the hands of a mediocre audience and Mario has gone one better and asserted that all Maltese TV and radio stations (One included) are part of a culture of mediocrity that serves the interests of the Establishment.

  8. Michael Attard Micallef said, on March 14, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Bravo to Raphael Vella for his gutsy defence of art’s critical role (in the hands of critical artists, alas, too few of them in Malta and Gozo). Bravo to Mario Vella for having invited Raphael Vella on Tango, One TV. Tango is establishing itself as one of the few television (and radio) programmes in this country where our critical consciousness is allowed free and unrestricted expression. The rest is mindless mediocrity, cheap propaganda or preaching (often camouflaged as enlightened Catholicism or paternalistc professional advice from lawyers, medical doctors, social workers and psychologists) aimed at deligitimating truly critical voices.

  9. Marlene Briffa said, on March 14, 2009 at 9:40 am

    Raphael Vella should come back on Tango as soon as possible. Priests are part of our culture and their views are as legitimate as anybody else’s as long as everybody else’s views are treated with the same respect and regard by the media. I read Professor Mark Anthony’s Falzon article in support of Raphael Vella’s own courageous letter to The Sunday Times. He gave voice to my view – and to the view of many more young Maltese and Gozitans than he probably imagines – and I recommend you read his piece.
    go to http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20090308/opinion/let-me-through-im-a-priest

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