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The culture of ignorance.

Tamara Caridad Mesa González 26 febrero, 2019

I remember when I was a child there in El Marey, a hamlet nine kilometers north of the town of Aguacate, the old province of Havana, there was a man who had a cultural level superior to most of those who lived in that area, and I speak of 50 of the last century. The scholar’s name was Zoilo Sosa.

Many people consulted him on different topics and, generally, he answered them all, I suppose that even if he did not have the exact knowledge, he was the one who knew the most anyway. His culture came; in addition to the studies he had taken -now I do not know his level-, to read the magazine Bohemia y Selecciones, the latter published in the USA. So Zoilo had a culture endorsed by both publications.

In 1959 the Revolution triumphed. In 1961 Cuba declared itself free of illiteracy, the battle for the sixth degree followed, the Faculty Worker-Peasant and the University were, and is, within everyone’s reach, so culture became universal for Cubans.

If before Zoilo had culture of Bohemia and Selections, today a segment of Cubans and Cubans have cable culture, package or load; I am going to translate these terms so that non-nationals understand what I mean.

Culture of the cable is a creeper of coaxial cables that weave many cities taking to the televisions those banal programs and disinformation that are generated, in real time, in the US, while the package or load is from the same invoice, but transported byflash memories or external hard drives.

To illustrate what I have said, I will present two examples. While the Book Fair was being held in Havana, I received the visit of a family member with a cable culture. At home we had the stellar television news and a report was broadcast where Frei Betto, as a young man, came out. Then she tells me: «What will happen to that man who has not seen him for a long time and does not come to Cuba anymore?» It left me speechless because in those precise days Frei Betto went out almost daily on television, as a guest at the Fair.

The second example also came to me very close; this person has culture of the load or package. I went to visit her and in the middle of the conversation she says: «Is it true that there are problems in Venezuela?» Imagine what to say, it was February 24th, that is, one day after the one designated by Trump as the end of the fall of Venezuelan socialism.

I am not in total disagreement with the consumption of what is shown in any of the variants mentioned above, but I am opposed to not having a broader profile, including television, radio and newspapers in Cuba, to know what is happening in Cuba.



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