The America's Quarterly has featured an intriguing article by Cuban blogger, Claudia Cadelo of Octavo Cerco, fittingly entitled, "The Blogger."
Here's an excerpt:
For the past 50 years, leadership in Cuba has been restricted to one person. As a consequence, the definition of a leader has been distorted and the dynamic of leadership skewed. The media refers to Fidel Castro as "Maximum Leader," a phrase that connotes something perpetual, powerful and omnipresent. The term, and its widespread use, discourage the very notion that young people can some day take over leadership in their own right [...]
Today, Cuban youth avoid the use of words like "leader" or "revolutionaries." Those words have been distorted by the burden placed on them by Cuban political rhetoric. Under the old definition, a revolutionary is one who supports the Cuban Revolution and its historical leaders. Thus, young people prefer less historically loaded terms, such as "vanguard," "independent citizen," "independent journalist," and "independent artist." The concept of independence, in fact, emphasizes their autonomy from the government. There are some young people who call themselves revolutionaries, but they do it in contrast to the Cuban revolution, which they claim is no longer revolutionary but instead simply represents the status quo.
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