The New York Times visited Cuba to follow an interesting angle on the blogger scene — that is, the “moderate” bloggers. Cuba is a country where independent journalism is mostly dangerous when criticizing the State (note: the blog 14yMedio is one of the most respected Independent platforms, guided by activist Yoany). The only other forms of information on the internet-challenged island are National newspapers, generally considered propaganda of the State.
So who are these moderate bloggers who exist in the middle? NY Times’ Ernesto Londoño finds some new names and faces on the island who are dancing on the lines of this new definition of what is “acceptable”. The conversation seems like an acrobatic walk through semantics.
Carlos Alberto Perez, a blogger for La Chiringa de Cuba, claims he is criticizing from inside the Revolution [not outside the Revolution]…a famous phrase Fidel Castro once said when announcing what opinion would be tolerated in Cuba.
“Im not going to tell you that fear doesn’t exist”, he adds, “that when you have that button there, when you’re on top of the publish button, you think about it. You think, what comes afterward could be dangerous, right?”
At the end of the day, its refreshing to meet new voices getting up online, regardless of whether they are hardcore dissidents or just local voices sharing insider narratives. As long as they are dissecting, exposing, and sharing inner thoughts on the “real cuba”, then it’s a step in the right direction. What’s important is that a new subculture of bloggers is arising, differentiating themselves as different than the activists, but eager to tell their stories.
Another blogger, Harold Cardenas Lema (for La Joven Cuba) says that “We are moving forward the line of what is politically correct here”, attempting to break down the journalistic moving target. Expect this line to move more every day, despite the State’s control.
Read the full story in The New York Times.