Generation Y: The Cyber-Tragicomedy of Yoani Sánchez – Español
By Ana R. for CubAlMater
Today my distinguished Communications College, located at G Street, between 21st and 23rd St., was witness to a singular event: the attempt by Reinaldo Escobar, Yoani Sánchez’s husband, to put on a show, and the response given him by the people who found him on that corner in the city center.
When I came out of classes, I saw a multitude of people. Cameras, photographers, live entertainment by the University Students’ Federation, ordinary Cubans, revolutionary slogans, Reinaldo fleeing along G Street, helped by two young men: I saw it all. What a shame I didn’t have a camera to take photos! For this reason, I’m linking to the following pages in which some of the images have been published:
The subject of Yoani keeps coming up in the blogosphere and throughout the Internet in general. Until now, I haven’t dealt with it because for me, everything’s pretty clear and there’s not much point raining on something that’s already wet. But now the time has come, and I have a few ideas to point out in this regard. And in order to come at it from a different direction, let’s start at the present and go backwards:
- What Reinaldo Escobar did this afternoon was completely senseless, a pretty pathetic performance.
- Two weeks ago, Yoani wasn’t attacked by anyone. There’s no proof. It’s all part of her media show.
- You’ve got to be pretty naïve to believe that Barack Obama himself actually answered her “seven questions.” But even taking these answers into account, surely written by a propaganda team or something like it, what’s new? Some new kind of declaration from the U.S. government? No. Nothing new. It’s the same hollow rhetorical discourse as ever.
- With the latest developments it has become clear who is behind the Yoani phenomenon: the United States. Servers in Europe, a blog in more than 15 languages, capacity to host videos, thousands of fleeting comments produced in short order…that’s all. Nobody working alone from cyber-cafes in a country with the kind of connectivity problems Cuba has, could maintain something like that.
- Prizes everywhere you look…Okay, the granting of prizes is generally a farce, that’s not news. Who believes that this woman is one of the most influential people in the entire world? It’s laughable.
- In her blog, Yoani doesn’t defend any kind of ideology, because she has none. She rails against everything to the left and right, against everything surrounding her, period. End of story. Why does she do it? Because that’s what they pay her to do.
- Yoani calls for “freedom of expression” but it’s possible that what she says in her blog is neither her own expression, nor does it reflect her most personal interests. Let me explain. What would be best for her is that this country’s Revolution continue, because she lives off the business of counter-revolution, and if there’s no Revolution, there goes her little job, her little dollars.
- Yoani and her entourage are a sad little group of mercenaries.
- The Generación Y blog is a cyber-tragicomedy.
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