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User Profile: Megan Smith

About Megan Smith
Hi! My name is Megan and I'm currently living in Manchester, UK where I completed my undergraduate degree in Spanish and Teaching English as a Foreign Language. I'm currently in the final stretch of my MA in Translation and Interpreting Studies degree at The University of Manchester, UK, about to embark on my dissertation. I love learning about new languages and cultures!

This user has submitted 28 translations to Watching America.

Trump: Manipulation and Popularity

August 1, 2018 // El Mundo - Spain - Spanish

The president of the United States is profiting from his strategy of propaganda and agitation. According to a survey by The Wall Street Journal and NBC, his approval rating is now at 45 percent, 1 percent more than it was in June. It’s a very high figure for this point in his term. And it contrasts with the erosion [Read more]

Uber and Cabify: Better Analysis for Better Regulation

March 24, 2018 // El País - Spain - Spanish

If the U.S. experience is of any use to us, it’s to demonstrate that denying the negative impact of ride-hailing companies means falling into the trap of technological optimism, but banning them without taking advantage of the opportunities they offer would be to limit ourselves to what we already have, for fear of having a better future. [Read more]

A Little Gift from Jeff Koons

March 10, 2018 // El Periódico - Spain - Spanish

In the 80s, Dutch artists Wim T. Schippers and Theo Van den Boogard created the most deliberately irritating cartoon character in the history of ever – “León el Terrible.” León was a predecessor of Larry David, and his main mission in the world was to constantly irritate everybody with his utter nonsense. His [Read more]

And You – What Race Are You?

March 5, 2018 // El Mundo - Spain - Spanish

In Spain, we would probably be gobsmacked if the bank asked such a question when applying for a loan. In the United States, not only is it normal, it is recommended. The goal is to prevent discrimination. If somebody is able to prove that they have not been sold a house or given credit due to the color of their skin, [Read more]

World Disorder

January 8, 2018 // La Razón - Bolivia - Spanish

[T]he emergence of a world without institutional space for group dialogue and with governments that act only on the basis of their selfish interests or their leaders’ impulses is not good news. [Read more]

Alabama’s Lesson for Trump

December 22, 2017 // El País - Spain - Spanish

Even in an overwhelmingly conservative state, which has elected Republican senators for the last 25 years, the electorate seems unwilling to endorse the erratic, authoritarian and unprofessional way of governing provided by the current occupant of the White House. [Read more]

Carbon Dioxide

November 18, 2017 // El País - Spain - Spanish

<i>No scientist would dare link this dry, endless summer to climate change, but we are sweltering in the heat of figures which provide overwhelming evidence.</i> Amid the sheer outpouring of grief stemming from the ongoing Catalan debacle, I have witnessed several references to climate change, one of the biggest [Read more]

Empowerment in Hollywood Is Here To Stay

August 8, 2017 // El Periodico - Spain - Spanish

<i>The wave of pseudo-feminism that is thrashing through Hollywood action movies this week unveils “Atomic Blonde” with Charlize Theron</i> Because he is at the top of my list of horrendous filmmakers, I never thought that I would praise Michael Bay’s uniformity and artlessness. However, I am left with no [Read more]

Zombies

July 28, 2017 // El País - Spain - Spanish

<i>The advantage of the internet, decentralization, is also a weakness against viruses</i> USA, 1962. Citizens live in fear of a supposedly imminent atomic war, while the government wonders how to rebuild society the day after a possible nuclear holocaust. Standard integration systems such as the telephone and the [Read more]

Cannes vs. Netflix

May 28, 2017 // El País - Spain - Spanish

<i>While the change in the way films are being watched is unstoppable, a supportive policy is merited whereby streaming platforms are also seen as allies.</i> War has broken out between the Cannes Film Festival, a French cultural industry icon, and Netflix, the American online movie platform that has 100 million [Read more]

Oasis

May 2, 2017 // El País - Colombia - Spanish

Scientists from the University of Pittsburgh reveal a worrying truth about the misuse of technology: "The more time spent on social networks and different platforms, the more likely it is to lead to social isolation.” Mental health problems and social isolation are at a record high among young people, warns [Read more]

Trump Hits Back at Syria

April 19, 2017 // El País - Spain - Spanish

The American attack against a Syrian air base in the early hours of yesterday morning risks unpredictable consequences, in a conflict where a peaceful solution is even further from reach. The military action is in response to the use of chemical weapons through an air strike upon a rebel-held area, almost certainly [Read more]