Monday, February 1, 2010

Details of the Official Semantics

My best therapy for starting the day in a good mood -- I tend to black, so this should not be taken as advice -- is to turn on the TV at 7:30 in the morning and watch half an hour of University for All.  My preferred course, I don't know what it's actually called, is about politics and international events.

Last week the topic was hot: the Middle East.  I suppose the poor professors have prepared for hours for the class, considering the semantic games and syntactic juggling that comes out of the speakers of my TV.  They started with with Iraq, where they also had counterrevolutionary resistance, so I can't manage to remember who's who and when.  But the best and most confused part of the class was when they arrived in Afghanistan.

- The Afghan counterrevolution is supported -- of course, who could doubt it -- by the CIA, who refused to allow the triumph of the socialist revolution that the Soviet Union kindly wanted to import.

- Later, these counterrevolutionaries, known also as the Taliban, took control of the country and created their own government.

- However, despite being Taliban and counterrevolutionaries, they managed to stablize and pacify the country (and this is where it really becomes incoherent, the best part):- In some unknown way the counterrevolution mutated into the armed civil resistance during the American imperialist intervention, which destroyed the peace and plunged the people into misery.

Beyond the complex and extremely sad situation of the Afghan people, the manipulation of the terminology -- American imperialist intervention vs. socialist revolution and counterrevolution vs. resistance -- is clear evidence of the quality of the television classes, the blatant manuevers of disinformation "disguised as culture" that the Cuban government pumps out through the media 24 hours a day.

Luckily I'm vaccinated, for which I give thanks.  The only question that such an ambiguous lecture aroused in me was:  What reason is there for the Cuban Communist Party (PCC), after so many years, to throw in the towel with the Russians?

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