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Lost finale in English

Yesterday morning I got up early to watch the season finale of Lost on Fox (SKY). For the first time ever in Italy an episode was broadcast at the same time as in the American West Coast. It wasn’t shown in Italian, but in English (with no subtitles either). The same decision was taken by TV stations in Canada, Spain, UK, Portugal, Israel and Turkey, which were also set to simulcast the programme. The decision was probably taken as an attempt to discourage people from dowloading the episode from the Net.

I don’t know how many people watched it on SKY yesterday, but this clearly could mark the beginning of a new era. American TV series have always been broadcast in Italy a few months, if not a year, later than their original air date because of dubbing. The expansion of internet, especially broadband connections, in the past few years prompted a lot of people to download episodes from p2p networks and watch them in English with Italian subtitles (the speed with which some people manage to prepare and add Italian subtitles is amazing!).

Lately Sky has been trying to stop this behaviour by airing the same episode just 24 hours later with Italian subtitles: this has been done for Lost and Flashforward. The official Italian version airs one week later. But by watching it with English audio people are starting to realise that dubbing is far from perfect and the original voice conveys a particular character better (just listen to Hugh Laurie on House or watch Desperate Housewives to understand what I mean). Now, could this last move of showing an episode at the same time as the USA and in English cast more doubts on the use of dubbing, especially on TV series? Is dubbing destined to last or will it be replaced by original audio with Italian subtitles and episodes aired earlier? Will other TV series be shown at the same time as the US? Weigh in below!

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Facebook vs Privacy

After much dithering I decided to abandon Facebook and have my account removed (Yes, it is possible! The procedure is illustrated – stangely enough – on a Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=16929680703). Tired of my privacy settings being ignored and of the amount of crap posted by people everyday, not to mention the amount of time spent in a day adding posts, adding “Like” to everything and reading the most absurd information people feel compelled to share, I quit.

I must say I feel much better. Internet has become the internet again and I have more free time. If I want to get in touch with somebody I simply mail them. Do I want to share my pictures with only some people? I can still do that thanks to Kodak Gallery, Snapfish or Photobucket (with better picture quality, too!). Do I want to chat or call someone? There’s Skype. Is it really that bad? I don’t think so!

But yesterday I found out that more and more people are growing tired of Facebook. A new movement appeared on the scene. Its purpose? Invite people to cancel their accounts due to privacy concerns on May 31st. You should check out their website: http://www.quitfacebookday.com/

More interestingly, Graham Cluley, an award-winning blogger and security expert at Sophos has recently posted the results of a shocking research: 60% of Facebook users would consider quitting over privacy issues. Check out his blog here: http://www.sophos.com/blogs/gc/g/2010/05/19/60-facebook-users-quitting-privacy/

Are people becoming more aware of privacy and realise that showing off is not always that good? Sound off below!

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