Cooperation with the University of Guadalajara
A few days ago, a collective monograph was published, entitled Los medios del futuro: Entre la libertad condicionada y la búsqueda de la verdad – Media of the Future: Between Conditional Freedom and the Search for Truth. It researches, as the title itself suggests, the new media capabilities, as well as the limitations, dangers, and the positive and negative trends within the area of mass-communication media that are emerging, or are transforming today, and can even be expected to affect our future. The subtitle specifies that it is about how freedom of expression in these modern means of communication is limited, not only in totalitarian and authoritarian regimes, but also in those societies that, at least, even though often declaratory, support freedom of expression. The limitation of the free speech in the latter case is caused by economic or another existential constraints often due to the corruption and pressure from various interest groups, desensitization of the audience against what should bother it, but also through preparation, education, which is supposed to create the environment of the journalists, as well as specific features and limitations of the expressive media itself. It is, therefore, reminded that ideology of the free speech should not only be about searching for and expressing the truth. The starting point is, of course, the individual, a point of departure methodologically supported by interdisciplinary approach, reaching from the philosophical and sociological approach to the theory and practice of textual mass media as well as multimedia and, last but not least, of artistic communication, ethics, design, as well as unfair manipulative practices. The result is a rich mosaic that, as the only possibility, captures the richness of facets and the complexity of the issue.
The extensive collective monograph is the fruit of a collaboration of specialists from the University of Guadalajara, the second largest in Mexico, and the Faculty of Arts of the Constantine the Philosopher University in Nitra, especially the Departments of Journalism and the Department of Ethics (Guadalajara: Universidad de Guadalajara, ISBN 978-607-742-650-9).
At the beginning of the project, there were the contacts and the initiative of Prof. Roman Králik and the interest and willingness of prof. Humberto Ortega to edit and coordinate the monograph as a meaningful, structured and scientifically and stylistically coherent text. The translation into Spanish and the editing of the texts of the Slovak members of the project proved to be very demanding. An important obstacle was the unnecessarily expended energy on translating the foreign language quotations into Slovak, which, of course, could not be re-translated into Spanish, as well as the disparity of the assumptions and methodologies of individual researches, which had to be aligned so as to form a common unit and at the same time without harmful shifts in translation.
We hope that the outcome adequately represents the potential of such cooperation not only for Spanish speaking environment. Our thanks goes mainly to the assistant professor Martin Štúr, who has contributed significantly to the quality of the monograph by his knowledge and constant efforts to make good scientific work.