Twittervisión

If a channel falls in the forest of social media, did it ever exist?

If a channel falls in the forest of social media, did it ever exist?

Last night, Twitter came of age in the Venezuelan public sphere.

For as long as we can remember, if the opposition wanted to get its message out, it went to Globovisión, the staunchly opposition all-news cable channel. The M.O. would usually go like this: opposition politician would spout off their message, Globovisión would transmit it live, no tough questions would be asked, and opposition activists would replicate the message. Voters did not have to think nor draw their own conclusions, because that’s what Globovisión was for.

However, after the station changed hands and, with it, its editorial line, opposition people were starting to feel a little orphaned. So, in light of this new communicational reality, last night Henrique Capriles took to Twitter to denounce the links between Globovisión’s new owners and the government. There were no press conferences, no microphones, and no reporters involved – just Henrique and his Twitter account.

This change in strategy promises to be mighty interesting.

Globovisión was sold las month. Rumours started circulating that its editorial line would change, becoming much more pro-government. Initially, not much happened, but in the last two days, things flipped. Long-time anti-Chávez broadcaster Kiko Bautista was fired, and a live speech by Henrique Capriles was “banned,” according to Capriles himself. Apparently, the station will no longer transmit Capriles’ speeches live.

What happened last night was remarkable. Capriles began tweeting that he was being banned from Globovisión, and suggested there were links between Globovisión’s new owner, Raúl Gorrín, and two unknown figures in the government: former Treasurer Claudia Díaz, and her husband, Adrián González (aka Guarapiche), a former bodyguard for Hugo Chávez’s son.

Capriles has now become the Latin American leader with the most Twitter followers, and they quickly went to work. Pretty soon, we found out that Gorrín came from modest means, and that until recently he never had much money. We also learned that there are alleged links between Díaz, her husband, and Gorrín, because it is alleged that Díaz used currency exchange controls to enrich herself, the government’s party, and Gorrín. Capriles’ bottom-line suggestion is that Gorrín and Díaz are just figureheads for the real power brokers, who are none other than former Treasurer Alejandro Andrade and Diosdado Cabello himself.

What’s remarkable is that Capriles did not have to tell people all of this. He did not have to draw them a picture and fill in the blanks for them. He simply named the main players and let his readers draw the connections on their own. The term “Guarapiche” on Twitter quickly became a trove of information.

This is not only smarter, but it allows for more thorough vetting of the issues.

Here at Caracas Chronicles we’ve never been fans of Globovisión, but we recognize the important role it played in preserving freedom of speech. But while it is tempting to be frightened at Globovisión’s demise, it’s possible that we may not need it in the end. With the advent of social media, perhaps we’re all better off without our Globovisión addiction.

It’s too soon to know the answer to this question. What we do know is that the way information gets to us is changing mighty rapidly, and last night was just a sign of things to come.

83 thoughts on “Twittervisión

  1. Agree that this will be better. Why do you think that the MUD didn’t raise a fuss over Globovision? The Opposition is being forced underground, and everyone who supports the Opposition is going to suddenly realize that they too have been forced underground.

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  2. It’s quite plausible that this will hurt the government more than the Globovision ever could. It didn’t remove those who followed it from opposition newscasts, it just moved them from one place to the next. It also removed a valve. It slightly reduced the outreach of the opposition media, but it significantly improved credibility of opposition while damaging their own even further.

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  3. Wow. This is really cool. The only problem I have with this is, how do you sort fact from hearsay? Crowd wisdom from mob mentality? I really believe the allegations are true, but I think there should be some journalism work done (hint hint) to sort and present the facts, a la Lanata is doing with the Kirchners. (By the way, have you guys seen that? How is she even still in power?)

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    • Thing is, Globovisión didn’t do much of that either. It was all opinion (ok, not all of it, but most of it).

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  4. What’s scary about total transition to social media is the prominence of rumours, gossip and “junk information” that still gets divulged because there are no filters, there is no “journalism” work done over the fact, as David points out. Are there examples of this in other countries?

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    • In the German world there is some, coming from the public (but rather government-independent) media and sometimes publications such as Spiegel.

      In the Spanish world, there is El País for Spanish corruption cases (but they don’t have the dosh or the connection for elsewhere).

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  5. In the end, all efforts of Globo’s new owners to do the whole “slow cooking of the frog” transition were thrown out and instead they will go full speed ahead with the changes, regardless of their costs. IMHO, this is a direct consequence of MarioSilva-gate. And Twitter is now our Samizdat.

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  6. The question you must ask is will twitter have a broader reach in Venezuela than Globovision? Even though Globovision had limited coverage area, I’m not sure sure the pueblo, those government supporters that really need to know the ugly truth are widely twitter savvy or even if they have dataplans on smart phones. What’s your view?

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      • The sifrino blogger’s version of Marie-Antoinette’s famous retort: ‘Let them eat cake’.
        Aw God, poor Venezuelans. Always stuck right in the middle, between corrupt pardocracy and highfallutin’ pitiyanquis.

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        • And you are different, right? You are the Voice of Reason? The one who sees things?
          Are you the one woman who told us how she was related to I don’t know what viceroy and who wanted to go back to Venezuela?

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          • Kepler: That’s rather unkind of you , the lady has made a stinging comment you dont like but in many other comments shes shown herself to be balanced and insightful . If she is the person I think she is, she is the daughter of one of Venezuela’s most important and admirable intellectual figures of the late 20th Century , a man many people (including myself ) revere and whose voice we very much miss . She is right to suggest that maybe a large part of the opposition consists of people who are not digitally savvy and for whom globovision whatever its flaws was an important window into what was happening in the country .

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            • Someone’s father is completely inconsequential (although I really hope she is not the one who was referring literally to being related to a viceroy, I hope so).

              Thing is, Bill, that Globovisión was not much of an option anyway. Globovision was mostly a catharsis for SOME in the choir and – this is the key – a repellent for a lot of others, even many who were not Chavistas. Actually, to some extent Globovisión was like that María Alejandra López turning 10 people into Chavistas by way of her comments.

              Also: Globovision’s reach was rather limited to the main urban centres, where we already have the clear majority.

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              • Kepler , Do consider that living in a country like this , with a government which is so heavy handed, false and offfensive in its mediatic manipulations catharsis is a necessary thing , and that whatever its flaws globovision gave lots of opposition people a vent to their half repressed angers and frustrations . Although personally not a fan of Glovovision , just being able to see and listen to someone like Capriles or some opposition leader (now banned) criticize the government ‘live’ was better than simply reading a few twiter lines . Still Glovovision was a goner any way , now well all be able to yawn listening to the bland inane news from Venevision and Televen .

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          • Kepler,

            I think she is one and the same, but am not sure.If I am correct she is a poet, and a friend of a friend of mine who sometimes lives in Merida, Rowena Hill.

            What I dislike about her comment is ” high falutin pityyanquis” because I think this might actually describe her true self, not her idealized one.

            I would recommend the documentary ” Kumari” in this case.

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    • I wouldn’t dismiss the Twitter use, even in low-income Venezuelan homes.

      Although Venezuela is currently not among the countries with the highest smartphone penetration, with over 200% year-to-year growth rate it definitively is among the fastest growing smartphone markets:

      http://mobilezine.asia/2013/01/hong-kong-has-the-second-highest-smartphone-penetration-in-the-world/

      And those figures don’t include Blackberry, which is a big thing in Venezuela:

      http://www.rcrwireless.com/americas/20130222/devices/blackberry-10-sales-begin-latam-venezuela-march-12/

      I’m not sure whether this will have some important of impact on our political sphere, though.

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  7. I distanced myself from GV because precisely I didn‘t get the chance to have an opinion over any issue; it came to the point that +5 years ago I just stopped watching the station (it proved to be good for my mental health too). But what really should be a great oppotunity for many of the Opposition is to finally realiza that: 1) Media will never replace Political Parties, they just can‘t do it; we need free media, without any strings attached (as possible) to power groups (economical and political). We should have Information, and let people make themselves their Opinion. We have to grow up. 2) Finally, well get over the media frenzy with political figures who believe “doing politics“ means going to a TV program or giving a press conference. I think it‘s a great chance for all of the involved to develop a more mature behavior.

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    • I very much agree with Maripuerta about Globo. Sometimes I would fantasize what would be the best way out. I thought of a meteorite falling over Globo one night, but Venezuelans are so superstitious some people would take it as a sign.

      I am also afraid people don’t process twitter in the same way. Twitter means reading and selecting some reading, not visualizing. Twitter is not the same in Caracas than in Punto Fijo or Carora. Above all: reading is about search and people search for different things, it’s not like viewing.

      The top 5, 10 politicians of the top 3, 4 parties in Germany or Britain keep visiting different parts of their countries every year, even without elections. I would like to see not just Capriles but other 5 of the PJ people doing something similar across Venezuela, the same for PP, UNT. Admittedly, it is much more difficult to be travelling in a larger country with such awful transportation system and with lots of thugs trying to get you, specially with little financial means, but that’s the way to go.

      The clear majority of Venezuela’s population lives in CITIES like Punto Fijo or Calabozo, Carora or Maturín. They don’t tweet that much.

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      • Yes, that‘s the other issue: people who think Twitter is Venezuela, they‘re in the bubble. I‘m optimist (not usually my thing), but this will force us to take another way, the one before social media appeared.

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      • “The clear majority of Venezuela’s population lives in CITIES like Punto Fijo or Calabozo, Carora or Maturín. They don’t tweet that much.”

        What’s the basis for that?

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        • Sentence one or sentence two? Sentence one is based on CNE data. Add up Caracas+Valencia+Maracaibo. There were a few other places where you could watch Globo without cable like Guacara, but not so many once you got out of these areas.
          Add up the population of urban centres with more than 100 thousand and less than 1 million inhabitants in Venezuela.

          As for Twitter: one side is purely anecdotal but then I have a few relatives and friends who do live in those areas that are still Chavistas.

          But there is more. Internet coverage beyond the main areas in Venezuela is patchy, to say the least, more so than in other South American countries (well, we are better than Bolivia). And then people are less flexible in what to follow and read.
          I haven’t done it in a systematic way, I could, but it is already clear what you see when you search for toponyms such as Tocuyo or Calabozo.

          Also bear in mind this: people outside the main cities tend to read less and they will ultimately be less likely to spend time (including downloading time) for scanning the actual texts with the details.

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          • But you can read Twitter on your cell phone, so the Internet coverage aspect is misleading. In fact, in a blackout Twitter may be the only thing you’ve got.

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            • I know, Juan, but the costs and ease matter more. La palabra es: prepago.
              More so outside Caracas-Valencia-Maracaibo.
              This is already old and incomplete, but it gives you a hint

              http://www.cwv.com.ve/?p=12034

              There are a few Venezuelans who use the whole potential of mobiles, like mad. But that is more difficult and expensive for most.

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            • That‘s true, but the other thing is how many people own a smartphone with an internet plan? I know that even though Venezuela is among the first countries leading sells in Blackeberry, you‘d be surprised to know how many people don‘t have internet coverage.

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    • I fail to see the way in which the lack of a broader set of opinions displayed on TV will have an impact on people learning the value of forming their own opinions. What we are going to get with a pro-government GV is a switch in the direction of the bias of the station and a net decrease in the amount of information provided to people through TV (from very little to basically none).

      How are the GV users going to react to this? By replacing Nitu’s opinions with their own analysis of the (decreased amount of) information they have; or by replacing it with another one-sided, ready-to-go view obtained through Twitter or some other way? I suspect the latter will be the main response. I hope I’m not right, though.

      It has been shown the strong impact mass media has in shaping political attitudes, and I can’t see any positive aspect in having TV monopolized by the government. I believe this could even have a larger impact than the closing of RCTV, as I don’t expect the effect of losing windows to different opinions is linear, and going from 1 to 0 is probably much stronger than going from 2 to 1.

      I do agree with you with respect to your second point. (Opposition) politicians will probably be forced to engage in street-level activities to promote themselves since they can’t rely on TV sets to do this anymore. That should be positive. However, some other political figures will occupy the new spaces conquered by the government in the media space.

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      • The problem I had with GV editorial line was that as a concerned citizen, there was very little discussion; the meal was served and you would just have to take it, there was no other choices in the menu. One would like to have different set of points of views, but that was not the case. I think this is the opportunity to try and make a responsable effort to inform yourself not only with news, but also to read about history, economy, politics and make you own opinion and not settle with the others. That‘s why I think of it in those terms.

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        • You are right there. I have been oppo all the time. When I tried to hear guys like this Kico Bautista or Leopoldo Castillo I was thinking: do these guys think listeners are idiots?
          It’s just the style. I don’t say those who liked them are idiots, not at all, but I think some of them are the ones who just relish in hearing what they already know and patting themselves on the shoulder.

          It was the silliest, most opinionated thing I ever heard. And the paradoxical thing is that the reaction such style was causing among a lot of people was having the opposite effect to what Castillo intended.

          Had Globovisión stuck to describing as clinically as possible the issues, it would have had a much stronger impact. Perhaps Chavismo would have closed it down more swiftly. As it was, it became to some extent a media Potemkin village.

          Well, that’s all I have to say about this topic. Dead horse.

          Just remember: most people use tarjetas prepago in Venezuela, they tweet and need to tweet mostly about their basic needs: flirting, chicken and toilet paper.

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        • Mariepuerta,

          When judging these things I don’t think it is a matter of what you or I, or any other particular person likes or dislikes- it is a matter of overall strategy.In planning a strategy to move masses individual viewpoints are often irrelevant.

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          • I have the strong feeling Maripuerta is closer to what is needed to move the masses, the masses in Venezuela, not in El Cafetal or among expats.

            Se trata de empatía y contacto con José Pérez y María Rodríguez. I think she is closer than a lot in the English speaking Venezuelan blogosphere.

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            • Kepler I don,t think it matters.i thinks what matters is how something is thought out.Individual opinions on how well GV was run or not ultimately have little bearing on what actually impacts the masses, and this goes for any country, not just Venezuela.it is a matter of mass psycology.

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            • I don’t intend to question Maripuerta’s understanding of society, buy I don’t see how can you move masses without access to mass media outlets. To be more specific: I don’t see how the lack of access to them can make it easier to move masses. Maybe in the utopian world of the “hombre nuevo”, deep analytical books would do the trick, but I’m afraid we’re very far from that.

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              • I am just saying we have to be realistic about the reach of twitter. If we can reach some people through twitter, great, but it is not like the Venezuelan Joe Doe has a flat rate and easy access to the twitter stream just because of a mobile. The same went with Globovisión and we wasted a lot of opportunities with its pedantic style – which is not the same as its political stance-. We have to deal with what we have but it is a huge danger to sit indoors and think we will do much by frantically re-tweeting this or that message with this or that hash tag.
                Perhaps Mariepuerta can say if she sees it like that as well.

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              • I always thought of GV as a bubble, as I now believe Twitter has become; after 7-O one of the most recurrent claims I heard was: “¿where are all those chavistas? I never speak to any of them, I only listen to anti-chavez people!“ Sure you do, you only watch GV and relate to your Twitter-Venezuela Country. There is a fact, Venezuela has NO free media. Political organizations need to make themselves available beyond TV and radio. People need to know better their politians. We can‘t just give up or surrender because there is no friendly media. This is not a formal democracy, this is the lest free society of LatinAmerica, but we can‘t afford to give up. I believe tat we can use social media, of course I do, but that is very limited; how many venezuelans have a smartphone, with internet coverage? Then once you‘ve solved that issue, you have to teach people in the use of social media, not for gossiping but rather managing information. It is a challenge, no doubt, but my point is that (as I‘ve been saying in Twitter), our choices are: keep complainning or getting on it. We have to choose, and fast. We‘ll find a way to keep people informed, but my desire is to have a more mature society, as a political community responsible for its opinion, and that would make it a lot easier for them to choose Government, for instance.

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  8. Glenn. Right on. It is wishful thinking that still elite internet outlets reach as many people as TV, open airwave or cable.

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  9. I dunno. I don’t think they should have given up so quickly on Globovision. It was important to have an outlet, any outlet, on television. Twitter? yeah, OK, maybe. But, it’s high tech stuff, not in common use by the pueblo. I dunno. I don’t like this. This was an important milestone for Chavismo, make no mistake about it.

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    • Give up so easily? They’ve been living with constant threats to Globovisión for 10+ years now. During that time the channel was threatened, fined, and assaulted, and its owners were persecuted. I think they fought damn hard!

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      • Zuluaga didn’t have to sell, he could have kept it going even if he would be loosing money… he has enough.
        In my opinion, in such a critical moment like this, is when Globovision would be most important.
        We finally have a chance because Chavez is gone, Maduro is amazingly stupid and there is division within the chavismo.
        And… I thought about not saying this, but here it goes… when we have such an ignorant people and EVERY media outlet is controlled by the government or they look the other way, we need SOMETHING that people get to see and get manipulated by that opposes the government. I am not sure if I’m properly explaining myself, but when you are fighting a dirty war, you should fight as dirty as the other team.

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        • “he could have kept it going even if he would be loosing money… he has enough.”

          Oh i see. He has to lose money so you can be informed about how a bunch of sorry slackers we Venezuelans are. What an entitled prick you are my friend, sorry if my honesty offends you.

          If we can’t be bothered to take this fight were it belongs, which is the streets, why should anyone be bothered to keep us in the loop for our own demise as a society? I would have sold that station years ago! we certainly don’t deserve such charitable sacrifices.

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  10. In the days after the elections, what I wanted to do was introduce my laptop screen to the business end of a shotgun because of all the unsubstantiated paja circulating in the twittersphere and facebook timeline. We can expect a (continued) ocean of doubtful news and plain old fearmongering, and it’s likely that for every singular tweet that hits the nail on the head of reality, there’ll be 100 more that are just alarmist knee-jerk statements.

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  11. There is no way this is anything other than very bad news. Globovision was the center of the opposition media. This is a huge coup for the government. Twitter is a rumor mill, it does nothing to organize the disjointed opposition messages.
    Very sad for Venezuela.

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  12. “But while it is tempting to be frightened at Globovisión’s demise, it’s possible that we may not need it in the end”
    What happens when they start regulating the internet? China anyone?

    We are walking a very dangerous path, one that will be hard to come back from…

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  13. Derisions over twittersphere notwithstanding, selecting serious followers, and by turn, their followers, provides one with a rather accurate thermometer of social unrest, and an optimized call to action — all without interfering ads. As a bonus, there’s humor, such as this:

    Luis Beltran Franco ‏@luisbeltranf
    El segundo audio no debe salir ante la llegada del papel tuale…por razones humanitarias.!Es contigo @ismaelprogreso .!

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  14. Maduro’s secret plan to end the housing shortage,…exposed!

    It appears that the government has expropriated/confiscated thousands of empty shipping containers at the docks. It has already cost them a ‘cool’ 200 million to hold em there, but never mind all that. That’s all in the secret plan! You put-up two styrofoam walls in each container to divide the space by 3, then attach all the plumbing on the inside, add a shower, tub and crapper and you’re done! Voila! Then take said container, attach it to the gondola in city center, hoist it on top of the mountain and stack em up! Housing problem solved.

    http://www.eluniversal.com/economia/130527/pdvsas-debt-to-shipping-carriers-stands-at-usd-196-million

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  15. I think it is unwise to believe that getting rid of GV will in any way help the situation.There is a lot to be said for easily accessible visuals in marketing(read politics). If the government thought otherwise it would still be an opposition media.I think there is a tendency to indulge in wishful thinking, but on the other hand people have to take full advantage of whatever outlets are left.Write, write and write more, without fear.

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    • I agree with you Cochon de feu. It might not have been the coolest channel for young people, the mass psychology experts know-it-all and etc to watch, but it did its share of social work. Older people who resist computers liked it. More important, one could be sure when watching Globo, that it wasn’t controlled by the government, like everything else is controlled by the gov today in Venezuela, provincia de Cuba. So their opinion was important

      Wait and see. Looks like it will be Diosdadovision from now on. (Isn’t that what Capriles said?)

      That’s pretty bad for the opposition, or in the long run could backfire and be a good thing, but taking in consideration the mental fog I doubt it .

      So, now outlets where somebody can watch a live speech from Capriles or anybody from the opposition as per today on regular tv. Yes, no? Not sure ‘cuz I don’t live inside Vzla anymore, maybe the ones who do can tell?

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  16. I believe all previous comments on Globo are excellent. Zuloaga resisted financially/personally heroically, but the threat of complete closure without a digital license was the last straw. The loss is both specific (Quico/Ismael/those to soon follow), as well as general–pablumization of all news, avoiding “violence/Government criticism”, plus the must-do of presenting “both sides”–i.e., no matter how inane the Government side is (e.g., Maduro, “Bolivia MUST participate in Orinoco heavy oil development.”) Regardless of Globo’s relatively poor reach, it was the last visual mass medium bastion of the Oppo, and can never be fully/effectively replaced by Twitter, particularly to the target downscale Chavista classes.

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  17. What a bunch of BS. So unfair and disrespectful to the workers of Globovision. Maybe you should open a School of Journalism and share all your knowledge about how to do journalism.

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  18. Globovision helped foment the climate of cleavage in Venezuela’s political arena but it also played an important role in counteracting the Pravda-Granma style of the official media. What is dangerous now is that Globovision is gone and the Pravda-Granma official media is still on!

    The opposition should strongly request access to it and a more balanced coverage of the tax-payers sponsored media that is currently totally dominated by the party in power.

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    • Dream on. . .
      Doing journalism is “fomenting a climate of cleavage”? I don’t think so. At least not in democratic countries.

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    • “Globovision helped foment the climate of cleavage in Venezuela’s political arena ”

      Isn’t that La Patilla’s job?

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  19. Ok pana, esto va en español porque la indignación esta significativa. ¿En serio esta es tú opinión? El gobierno de una manera calmada puso sus tentaculos sobre Globovisión. El único canal que no estaba a los pies del regimen, e informaba a aquellos que los contrariaban, lo han cercenado. Y tu dices ¿que inclusive vamos a estar mejor? O sea que deberiamos aplaudir que jodieron a la audiencia de globo y a sus trabajadores. Trabajadores que en el job market del país, estan mas fucked que una dama de compañia!
    Entonces que coño, cerremos los periodicos también, y las pocas emisoras que transmiten algo contrario al gobierno. Porque de acuerdo a tu analisis, Capriles y su cuenta de twitter lo pueden todo. Chamo deja de creer en pajaritos preñaos…o perdiste la conexion con la real Venezuela?

    I said it once, and I repeat it again…..I don’t know what happened to you guys, but since those weeks before the elections of April 14th, I truly believe this blog is going downhill. And I say it just to let you know, because I want it to be better, because I still believe you can write and tell us interesting things

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    • I agree. I used to come here to read insightful analysis. Lately I come mostly for amusement. To see them outdo themselves every time in displaying total disconnect from the reality in Venezuela becomes entertaining at some point.

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    • Look pal, we certainly deserve what its coming to us. Why aren’t we burning TSJ & CNE directives on their luxury SUV with scorching Molotovs?

      We are not better off keeping it with this sickening ‘comeflor’ pacifism. Colombia has spent last 40 years in civil conflict. Even so, Colombia is in many ways better off than we are after 14 years of passivity under the guise of pacifism.

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  20. Well, I for one, am absolutely indignant. I don´t think I´ve been this pissed off about a Venezuelan issue since…well, since April 2002. I frankly don´t care WHO owns Globovisión or how many media outlets the Government runs. I don´t give a shit if Maduro is on TV 23 out of the 24 hours of the day. What enrages me, what I consider an obscene affront to my person, a violation that makes me SEETHE rage, is the fact that THE GOVERNMENT HAS DECIDED WHAT I CAN AND CANNOT WATCH ON TV. If I want to watch Capriles, the man I voted for these past elections, because he MADE NEWS today for WHATEVER reason, then its just fucked up that I can’t, and even MORE fucked up that somehow people´s responses are “bueno, ¿y qué te esperabas? Obviously this does not come as a surprise to me, Globovisión´s sale and ensuing change in tone… but holy shit, this is UNACCEPTABLE. That censorship (not even SELF censorship, just censorship PERIOD.) is not the exception, but the silently accepted norm, is unacceptable. That we can even CONCEIVE of living in a society wHere, again YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WATCH WHAT YOU WANT ON TELEVISION, where you are stripped of your right (its in the Constitution) to have access to TRUE AND TIMELY (veraz y oportuno) INFORMATION well, thats just fucked up.

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    • Emiliana,

      He seguido el blog de Quico, al igual que el de Daniel Duquenal y el de Miguel Octavio desde casi una década. En mi opinión, Francisco Toro, a pesar del respeto que le tengo por su constancia y por su elegante manera de escribir, muy pocas veces ha tenido algo interesante que decir sobre la situación venezolana en estos dos últimos años.

      Para mi, el verdadero atractivo de este blog se encuentra en la sección de comentarios, y desde una perspectiva antropológica mucho más que política. En dos platos, gozo una y parte de la otra con las divagaciones semi-místicas de Firepigette, la acidez casi patológica de Sydney, la fervorosa ternura de nuestros pendejos sin fronteras, la mesura y racionalidad de mi nuevo comentarista favorito Bill Bass; en fin, paro de contar. El único que me arruina la experiencia es Kepler, que había estado confinado a su blog últimamente, pero que anda desatado por estos lares desde hace días. Es que no aguanto a los sabelotodos acomplejados. Debilidad de carácter, lo se, pero después de todo, sigo viniendo diaria y nocturnamente a Caracas Chronicles por el entretenimiento, no para amargarme también.

      De cualquier manera, lo que quiero decirte es que considero que tienes el talento y la chispa necesaria como para que escribas en tu propio blog y brilles con tu propia luz. Da igual que escribas en inglés o en español… tienes lo más importante y lo más interesante, tienes la perspectiva de alguien que ha luchado activa y políticamente por Venezuela, desde Venezuela.

      Un cordial saludo,
      MPC

      p.d. Hace como tres semanas te reuniste con uno de mis mejores amigos! Vive en el sur del norte y se quedó unos días en mi casa. Estaba por acá de trabajo.

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      • Debe de ser duro para una persona como tú que la critiquen. Eso no se hacía antes.
        No solo están los chavistas en el poder sino que no pueden estar tranquilos en su medio anglófono…”coye, qué rabia con esa chusma acomplejada que viene a decir cosas que no queremos, y además dicen ser opositores!”

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        • Kepler, yo no tengo los mismos problemas que tienen otros al leer tus comentarios, porque sé que es cuestión de dósis de medicamento. Hay que subirla un poco, my dear. Hablo de dósis. A ver si con eso no te vuelves más acaramelado. Porque al fin y al cabo, vivimos en sociedad, sabes?

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    • Emiliana,

      Caracas-Miranda-Vargas NO es Venezuela. Sal un poco. Cuándo estuviste en El Tigre, Carora, Punto Fijo y ciudades similares? Do the maths with how many people live there.

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    • Really: the fact you say “everybody has DirectTV or cable” shows how well you know the country.

      Y tú vives en Venezuela…increíble.

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      • Coño bro estas bien fastidioso, nadie sabe nada solo tú sabes mas que pollo frito.

        I bet you cannot tell shit from shinola. :)

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        • Feathers, ¿cuándo fue la última vez que escuchaste a un amigo o familiar que viviese en una zona donde haya ganado el chavismo y que no esté en Caracas/Miranda Norte?

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      • La gente en El Tigre, en Carora, en Punto Fijo, en el Guarataro, en Gramoven, en La Bombilla, en Mamera, en Valle de la Pascua, en Guasdualito, tienen DirecTV. (51,12% penetración nacional). Luego Inter (665.000 hogares), tercero Supercable (200.000 hogares), cuarto NetUno (130.000 hogares), quinto Movistar TV (97.800 hogares). Los casi 200.000 restantes serían clientes de centenares de pequeñas operadoras regionales y locales. Increíble es la soberbia con la que asumes que por vivir en Cumaná o Puerto Ordáz no gozas de acceso a Tv por subscripción.

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  21. Entonces Emiliana, nobody can watch a live speech from Capriles or anybody from the opposition anymore? Or things that could happen in the AN? No more community denounces of abuses of power of chavistas dirigentes comunales?

    I share your rage. :(

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  22. I understand Emiliana, because in a society that’s even painted with a patina of democracy no one, nobody, should decide what, where, when or how you read what you choose to read. That’s freedom of expression, and I also share your rage.
    But i haven’t watched too much of Globovisión. I have to say very little, but it was my choice. For my sanity. The same way I choose to read or not CC. and it’s comments. But I have the choice.
    I have learned that one should let go of the inevitable and surely it will open new doors and forms of expressions. We will look back maybe and say thank God for that, because we have ____ a new xy or z that’s even more efficient. Maybe i’m being an optimist. Maybe i’m trying to see the glass half full.
    But I want to choose whatever whenever. Not have a bunch of thugs choose dor me in the name of cheap and twisted hypocritical ideology.

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