Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Blank Gravestones.

Cuba’s government has hundreds of websites flooding internet. Hundreds of pages and pages of information are covering an idealistic Cuba beyond reality, truth and facts. None of them with a simple touch of critical approach, slightest opinion and objectivity about what it is going on in that fenced country.20091003-144431

They are tombstones with numbers and slogans: a graveyard of repeated opinions and point of views. Even the official Cuban blogosphere is a graveyard of news: they are news agencies repeating the same stories you find in official newspapers.

Journalism in Cuba is controlled and censored by the totalitarian state. Nothing looses the scrutiny and the censorship, everything is under the magnifying glasses of the state, ridiculously detailed and ideologically oriented. No second views, no second opinions, nothing that could hurt the official ideology.

In fact, if you want to create a blog, a website with opinion, nothing is better than a few peeks to the Cuban official websites: to make the contrary. Avoiding what they are doing and you will be in the right track to a successful website or blog.

The actual fact that Generation Y became the most successful blog in Cuba’s blogosphere is, without any doubt, because it has avoided all and each one of the entire mistakes committed by the official Cuba’s blogosphere.

Those tombstones are condemned to stay frozen in time, because they avoid the actual Cuba. They offer only the pretty face Castro wants to show to the world, but never the slightest peek of the reality, problems and crisis Cuba is facing day to day. They are orbiting outside Cuba’s reality, or digging in another planet.

Against them, a few independent bloggers are offering an uncompromised view over Cuba’s life. With opinions, a touch of irony and fresh air, Cuba’s unofficial blogosphere is beyond any doubt the actual Cuba. And it is because, in first place, they offer personal thoughts, opinions and feelings: something too far away from their counterpart.

The funny thing is Cuba’s regime knows that, but it cannot change that fact because there is no independence in a country where every single opinion with the slightest difference with the regime is considered a dissent.

So, here you are, a graveyard of blank opinions, crowded with slogans and partiality. Too far from the actual Cuba, too close to Socialist fantasy. There, you are in a world that escaped planet Earth and is living in an orbit of Alice in Wonderland.

Under those gravestones you could find Haiti, Venezuela and Congo, slogans repeated to no end, and a planet Cuba gravitating in the era of the stone: nothing more.

In this world, where news media websites are incorporating blogs with opinions, social networks working with more efficiency and coverage than news agencies, and personals websites helping people worldwide, Cuba is stepping down those tracks for reasons well-knows: inconvenience of the truth, inconvenience of the opinions.

There, one person opinion is shaking the whole system, one blog, and one name: Yoani Sanchez. That’s the fragility of a government supported only by censorship, internet’s blackout and repression.