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My name is Nicolas Magand and I live in Paris, France. I work as a social media and engagement editor at the Global Editors Network, a non-profit aimed at promoting innovation and sustainability in the news industry. Here I blog mostly about tech and media, but many other topics can face my enthusiasm.

Filtering by Tag: identity

On DNA testing and the wave of searching for your identity

The Atlantic's Sarah Zhang draws an intriguing picture of the state of genetic identity and the fundamental problems there are behind DNA "analysis":

First, the accuracy of these tests is unproven (...). But putting that aside, consider simply what it means to get a surprise result of, say, 15 percent German. If you speak no German, celebrate no German traditions, have never cooked German food, and know no Germans, what connection is there, really? Cultural identity is the sum total of all of these experiences. DNA alone does not supersede it.

Listening to 99 Luftballons or rooting for Germany in the World Cup is fairly trivial as these things go. But this wave of marketing campaigns encourages a way of thinking—that you can pick and choose which fractional parts of genetic identity to highlight when it makes for good cocktail-party conversation.

Basically those tests are DNA-branded horoscopes; if it makes people feel good and makes them happier, better people, then I'm a strong supporter. If it gives them excuses for being jerks or ignorant fools, then those companies have a responsability of pedagogy.

Have it in French « Je supporte la France, mais la France m’insupporte »

Grégory Pierrot, talking about his French identity, and what it can mean to be French, on Africa is a Country:

France’s history of slavery and colonialism is long and vile, and France has a long record of silencing it. But it lives in these bodies on Russian soccer fields and in those we only catch glimpses of when cameras cut to crowd scenes in those Parisian suburbs most of the players grew up in. And we know in moments like these, on the greatest stage in the world, we can make France look better than it is, we can make it look like it actually delivers on promises it tramples under feet on the daily. No one knows France like we do. No one is France like we are.

Such a great read.

This would go very well with the lyrics of the French singer Bernard Lavillier, when he mentions his city of Saint-Étienne (the city I was born in) – lyrics that always sounded very accurate to me:

On n'est pas d'un pays, mais on est d'une ville — One is not from a country, one is from a city.

Check also

Whenever I watch Columbo, as you should, I take some screenshots.

Making lists is something on which I love to waste time; my—ever-changing—favourite songs list was a real challenge.

On the great Letterboxd, I keep a log of the movies I watch, rate them, sometimes review them. 

If you speak French, I highly recommend my friend Nabil's podcast: Art Oriented.

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