Adventures in Journalism del sur

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Video From Santiago

Thursday, November 17, 2005

The Jones

I was looking at Trek Earth tonight, and the feeling came over me like a buen aguacero. I need to get back to Latin America, and soon. I've been questioning lately whether or not I'll be able to find the kind of job I planned and dreamed of (yes, my sites were never set all that high) stringing stories from somewhere and everywhere in Latin America. I don't quite know how to explain it, but that feeling rolls out heavy from somewhere deep. I don't know why I have it, but I can't deny it. My reaction to the prospect of remaining in the states and working for some org or paper isn't one of fear. It's a flat grey bland failure that paves over hope efficiently and meticulously.

How to do what you want to do--that is the question.

Monday, October 31, 2005

Happy Day of the Dead!!!

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Anti-Americanism

If you've ever wondered why so many people today identify or are identified as anti-American, here's a fine example. When only two countries oppose something that 150+ approve of, it looks bad.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

The Dream

Since I started this Globalization and Culture class I've been doing a lot of thinking about the American Dream AKA Capitalist Utopia. The Communists had theirs, and I think it's important not to overlook the Yanqui version or forget that that's what it is.

This article that's caught fire around the internet news sites I frequent makes, I believe, the perfect example of what the American dream amounts to.

Here's a clip from the
longer version at wired.com.

When Barbara Wheaton, culinary historian and honorary curator at Radcliffe's Schlesinger Library, told Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers that she longed for durable dishes that didn't need to be washed and could be thrown away after a meal, she was surprised when they took her seriously.

MIT Media Lab's Counter Intelligence Group, which develops innovative kitchen designs, has created a machine that makes dishes on demand and recycles them after diners have finished a meal. The dishes are made from food-grade, nontoxic acrylic wafers, which are shaped into cups, bowls and plates when heated, then resume their original wafer shape when they are reheated and pressed.


I suppose that's the heart of the dream--ultra convenience and infinte variety. People want to be able to use thousand kinds of toothpaste, and not have to lift a finger to apply them. Washing dishes was too hard. We want to be able to have a million songs on a box the size of an ant. TVs the size of walls in every room with a channel showing everything we've ever found more entertaining than watching paint dry.

Is this as good as it gets?

Friday, September 23, 2005

Bolivian Election

This is the best put-togather piece on the upcoming election that I've seen so far, and I thought I'd share.

A Look Ahead at Bolivia's Three Presidential Elections

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

The melody of medley

When I saw this this morning, I thought I had to throw up a blog on the topic, but now that I'm here looking at the blank page, I'm at a loss for words. I suppose that's when you fill in with a quote, ay?

Nicaragua's left-wing opposition party (Sandinistas) has announced an agreement to buy Venezuelan oil at preferential rates.
Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega said councils governed by the party would be able to buy oil at a 40% discount.

The rise of global oil prices has caused an energy crisis in Nicaragua which has led to power rationing.

But the government, which did not take part in the deal, is questioning the Sandinistas' access to the proper infrastructure to carry it out.


I can just imagine the outrage if only the blue states got cheaper gas from Venezuela or if the red states got it from the House of Saud. To me, one of the ugliest aspects of politics is when people--left or right--try to pretend that they don't meddle in other countries' business. I'm convinced that at a bare minimum 30% of American college students would say that the US never meddles in any country's political or economic affairs. And that's college kids. I haven't done a poll, but you can trust me on that one. Russia these days isn't even bothering with the facade of neutrality for the former Soviet states, are they?

I'm no utopian, but couldn't we just dispense with the guise, like the corporations do, and just lie and say we're doing it for "their" good or "the greater good," instead? It's still it's still a steaming pile of bull refuse, but it would improve the stench a little. And that's something, isn't it?

-J