Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Around The Blogosphere 07 Feb 2012

Yoani Maria Sánchez Cordero (b. September 4, 1975) is a Cuban blogger who has achieved international fame: John Paul Rathbone writes from Havana*** via ft.com that Yoani "is a philologist whose refusal to mangle the Spanish language is matched only by her love of" the microblogging service twitter. She has over 212-thousand followers!

In the time I've spent on the net, from the BBS days to the time of my newsletter up to and including this humble weblog, I've learned YOU HAVE TO SCRAP!

What do I mean by that?

You have to be innovative. you have to be a thinker. You have to figure out how to make a slow computer or a crappy dial-up connection work for you. I hate to use the tired old phrase "think outside the box," but I just did!

Given the spotty Internet service in Cuba, Yoani has the upperhand, technologically! (Or so it seems)... Is Yoani REAL? We've seen online hoaxes before.

Not everyone believes: "..it is impossible that Yoani Sanchez is a simple blogger denouncing the difficulties of a system. Powerful interests are hiding behind the smokescreen that is Generation Y, which represents a formidable weapon in the media war that the United States wages against Cuba."

Yoani's blog, Generation Y, can be read here translated into ANGLAIS.
Translating Cuba is a new compilation blog with Yoani and other Cuban bloggers in English.

Yoani's new book in English, Havana Real, can be ordered here.

***[Cuban blogger riles with her weapon of words]

La Pupila Insomne launched a ferocious critique of the press coverage [es] of Yoani Sánchez's plea to the President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff to intervene with the Cuban government to grant her the exit permit to travel to Brasil for the screening of a documentary in which she appears.

Ukraine: Netizens React to Popular File-Sharing Website's Shutdown

Read this post.RuNet Echo

The news of the shutdown of Ukraine's most popular file-sharing website caused quite a stir online. Tetyana Bohdanova reports on the netizens' varied reactions to the controversy.

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In Russia, Anonymous hackers had allegedly hacked an inbox of pro-Kremlin activist Kristina Potupchik and publicised [ru] a ‘price-list' of posts of the most popular Russian bloggers. Government-sponsored Nashi were caught several times on organizing paid campaigns aimed to influence blogosphere's opinion. The prices vary from 130 to 1000 US dollars per post...

From New York ::: An underground hip-hop blog has become an alterna-YouTube, where slick rap videos and grainy footage of subway brawls and mall fights get over a million views a day. [LiNk]

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