Monday, October 26, 2009

GRANMA and others Dinosaurs...

I had been checking time to time some of the Cuban’s newspapers websites, and an important lesson you can get from the simple comparison with other websites in the world. Of course, this is nothing new, as you can say it. But, sometimes, it is very clever to waste a little bit of time and checks those websites. They give you in a flash the true colors of the Castro’s Information Policy.

For instance, the websites dedicated to the outside world are completely different and more sophisticated, if you compare it with the modest and almost naked made for the “locals”. But the differences don’t stop there, the core of the website: the information and opinions are more complete, and sometimes even more flexible. Very funny!!!

What it means, the regime don’t waste time and effort to accomplish too much for the locals: no big surprise here. Who cares if somebody in Cuba access to GRANMA online: nobody has internet at home there, so no big deal.

Another detail is, in this world where the internet had exploded and the underground internet many times override the big names in news (just recently, IRAN was the center of the turmoil); there is no newspaper who allow itself not to hang in every single article the choice of the reader’s opinion.

Sorry, I should said, all the newspapers, but GRANMA.

There is no blogs, there isn’t at least in the section dedicated to opinions, the choice to express something about the reporter’s opinion, the article, or whatever the reader want to say. But, this is not a surprise, either.

Then, you change to Juventud Rebelde, and here you are, there is room for opinions, but the website is only in Spanish: what a joke!!!

Who is going to read it? There is no internet for Cubans. So, the readers aren’t Cubans, or at least, not the residents in our beautiful island. Moreover, all the opinions (a very few at the end of the day) are extremely positive and with the same approach. Hmmm...

For years, the regime had been bored us with the story about the US Embargo and the consequences of it to access internet and today, the story turns its page: a few weeks ago, Obama freed the cable providers in US in order to let them establish an optical cable to join Cuba and Florida.

The other side of the story: no surprise, Cuba refuse to get that deal, even when is less expensive than the other offer from Venezuela (18 million against 70). But at least something we can get from the authorities of Cuba: the tip of the iceberg.

Carlos del Porto, specialist from the Information Technology Office, had said that the political component of that project can’t be separated from the technical component, which is a bit of the truth.

In fact, it had never been separated.