New media is all you need


Last Sunday, Setty informed us that an important pipeline carrying natural gas from Colombia to Venezuela was bombed, possibly by the FARC. He said:

“It’s a big deal for Venezuelan electricity consumers, who have come to depend on natural-gas-fired power plants. And it’s important for the chemicals industry of the Maracaibo region, as petrochemicals are made in large part from natural gas.”

Yesterday, the Caracas Metro lost power, and several Andean states in Western Venezuela “unexpectedly” went dark as well.

Venezuela’s Vice-president then announced that these “rolling blackouts” were caused by the Termozulia generation plant going out of operation. The way he spinned it, they are “changing” the plant from natural gas to gas-oil (diesel?) because of “problems” with the supply of natural gas from Colombia.

And today, we hear the “rolling blackouts” will reach Caracas.

Of course, none of this is a surprise to anyone who reads excellent blogs like Setty’s, who is deservedly taking a victory lap. But good luck finding any of this information or analysis in Venezuela’s lamestream media.

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      • Well, that was similar to a hypothesis I wrote in Setty’s blog and somone cam up and told me about Occam’s Gilette.
        But then: it is Latin America. Gringos were thinking it was all “realismo mágico”, even if Gabo told them: “no, that’s how it is here”. Anything could have happened.

    • Gomez-time song:
      “Yo tenía una luz que a mí me alumbraba,
      Yo tenía una luz que a mí me alumbaba…
      Y venía una brisa y zaaas
      Y me la apagaba”
      XXI Socialism song:
      “Yo tenía una luz que a mí me alumbraba,
      Yo tenía una luz que a mí me alumbaba…
      Y venía la FAR y bamb!!
      Y me la apagaba”
      I used to sing that song as a child in Saudi Venezuela, back then when blackouts were an event, not time for a pause.
      Valencia is having problems as well.

  1. I still don’t understand why this and other problems (which properly treated could be trouble for the government) are non existent to the “lamestrean media”. Is it the journalists themselves? Is it newspaper owners? Is it fear? Is it greed? Image?

    I don’t remember any of them rejecting El Niño explanation for last year crisis. I guess they will oscillate this year around any explanation the government offers.

    • ¿No recuerdas, o no te tomaste el trabajo de buscar? Desde finales del 2009 y casi todo año pasado, los medios venezolanos privados estuvieron repletos de artículos, entrevistas y hasta programas especiales refutando la tesis que culpaba a El Niño de la crisis eléctrica.

      Por cierto, muchos de ellos pronosticaron entonces que el problema (la crisis, no El Niño) reaparecería este año, como en efecto ya comenzó a notarse.

      El hecho de que este año el detonante haya sido un “presunto” atentado contra el gasducto colombiano me parece bastante irrelevante; de no haberse producido la explosión habrían culpado a la CIA, la oposición apátrida o a la maléfica iguana escuálida que provocó el famoso apagón de varios días en Lecherías, el año pasado.

    • The media here are either controlled by the Gov. or are self-censoring for fear of being targeted for expropriation by the President. Any independent media here walks a very fine line. Dissent is permitted, but only up to a point. Ask RCTV and various radio stations.

      And, the issue of the power shortage is covered by the press, but they simply quote the responses of the government and, even, those of its detractors. But, they don’t actively work to expose the lies.

  2. In the meantime… el comandante… was in argentina receiving a journalism prize from Universidad de La Plata in Argentina for promoting a ‘new dynamic of communication free from the media dictatorship of the bourgeois’

    aaaaaand the university lost any sort of international credibility ( at least in my book).. The moron that encouraged this has a distorted understanding of what freedom of the media is.


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