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  • Clive 5:39 pm on April 29, 2008 Permalink
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    Damas Blancas 

    Interesting that both the BBC and Reuters picked up this piece of news on April 21:

    A group of Cuban women peacefully demonstrating for the release of their jailed husbands were roughed up by a mob and arrested, then released, on Monday near the offices of President Raul Castro. (Reuters) Police have arrested a group of Cuban women demonstrating to demand the release of their dissident husbands. The 10 women were also kicked and shouted at by about 100 government supporters as they were being detained, Reuters news agency reported. (BBC)

    None of the blogs searched on my custom google blogs picked it up. April 20 Yoani wrote the Matrix post and on the 28th de donde son los carteles?

    That kind of demonstration is unusual as was the way it was treated. So the blogs don’t pick up on it.

  • Clive 10:40 pm on April 28, 2008 Permalink
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    John Michael Roberts (2008): Public spaces of dissent 

    Blackwell Synergy – Sociology Compass, Volume 2 Issue 2 Page 654-674, March 2008 (Full Text)

    This article looks at some recent developments in the relationship between public space and dissent. The article does this by firstly distinguishing between dissent and resistance. Dissent is based broadly around disagreements between individuals in particular groups and contexts against a perceived grievance of some sort. As a result dissent can arise in a variety of contexts, especially within everyday life, popular culture, and with small acts of defiance against frustrations one experiences. These acts can also assume more overtly political modes in the form of resistance as when people demonstrate in the streets. The distinction is therefore useful because it helps us understand how the state and other governance mechanisms adopt policies and strategies to pre-empt dissent and thereby prevent dissent from spilling over into resistance located in particular places. The article will examine how the state and governance have changed the way in which they pre-empt the formation of spaces of dissent in order to effectively regulate them in the pre- and post-9/11 climate. Taking
    examples from the USA and the UK, the paper explores these points through global social movements, law and dissent, planning and designing dissent, and the surveillance of dissent.

  • Clive 10:20 pm on April 28, 2008 Permalink
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    Jan Smidt (2007) Blogging Practices: An Analytical Framework 

    Blackwell Synergy – J Comp Mediated Comm, Volume 12 Issue 4 Page 1409-1427, July 2007 (Full Text)

    Thus, publishing a blog is a way of self-presentation that has to meet certain expectations about personal authenticity while maintaining a balance between staying private and being public (Miller & Sheperd, 2004; Palen & Dourish, 2003; Scheidt, 2006; Viégas, 2005).

    Great bibliography
    See particularly conclusion and further research for ideas.

  • Clive 8:58 pm on April 1, 2008 Permalink
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    Yoani ‘censored’? 

    And today’s media whore award goes to… « Machetera

    Pascual Serrano – Rebelión

    Yesterday if one were to google “Yoani Sánchez” within Google’s “News in Spanish,” approximately 40
    media reports would have appeared stating that this Cuban woman’s blog had been blocked by authorities in that country. (Cuba Censors One of its Main Blogs the Same Day it Approves Computer Sales, News Hurts, Bloggers Denounce Havana Blocking Access to Their Sites From Within Cuba, Cuba Blocks Access to the Most Read Cuban Blog, Cuba Blocks Access to One of its Most Read Blogs Because of its Criticism of Raul Castro etc..)

    The news is practically identical in all media and it appears to have originated with a Reuters wire-service story. The peculiar thing is that it is limited to reiterating the allegations of this particular Cuban woman who “said that Cubans can no longer visit her website nor that of other bloggers born in the country who have their websites hosted on a server in Germany. All they can see is an error message.” Another thing that caught my attention is how, if the Cubans are continually being denounced for not allowing Internet
    access, the government could have an interest in blocking a blog that supposedly is not accessible?

  • Clive 7:48 pm on March 31, 2008 Permalink
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    Cuba ends restrictions on mobile phones 

    Cuba ends restriction on cellular phones | Technology | Reuters

    By Marc Frank

    HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuba said on Friday it will allow all Cubans to buy and use mobile telephones for the first time in the latest step by new President Raul Castro to improve access to consumer goods.

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