*Two posts in one day?! What a miracle. This is just a draft I wrote a couple weeks back and never got around to finishing til now. Just one of my many [future] rants.*
Sometimes throughout the course of my work day, I’ll venture onto the world wide web and surf various news sites. Some days I’ll spend the majority of my day reading through articles, blogs and comments. And most days which I do this, I get so infuriated by what I read I can hardly stand anything. It’s a masochistic type guilty pleasure I guess. Something about the adrenaline. It’s sick I know. But it passes time quite effectively when works slow.
I think the website that frustrates me the most is one called Venezuelan Analysis. For those of my many [billions and trillions] of readers that don’t know, I was born in Venezuela to a Venezuelan mother. (My father’s from Norway, but that’s neither here nor there.) So even though my family moved to the States when I was very young and I’ve become in all senses of the word quite “American”, I still pay heavy attention to the state of the country. We also have extended family that still resides there and my mom has plenty contact with old friends so on top of discussing United States politics, my mom and I tend to discuss Venezuelan politics as well.
Back to the offending website, though. The beauty of the United States is that websites such as Venezuelan Analysis (which I’ll refer from here on out to as “VA”) and blog posts such as this very one are allowed and encouraged to simultaneously float the web for anybody to read. My issue with it (and my issue with so much of the media here in the US as well) is that they promote themselves as unbiased and clear and straightforward news, when unfortunately, they’re the complete opposite. And so much worse than the media in the US.
I guess my biggest problem with VA, is the saddness it invokes in me. The views of the writers are so out-of-touch with anything sensible and unfortunately it seems to aligned with the majority of the population in Venezuela. And while democracy has proven to be the best form of government, what happens when the populace is ignorant and misinformed? I know that is my opinion, but I can hardly believe I’m alone in thinking a country is on the wrong track if they have food shortages, 75% rolling black outs, corrupt police and justice system, etc. Imagine worrying about whether a police officer is approaching you with good intentions or to simply rob you?
Venezuela has always been plagued with corrupt governments and overwhelming poverty. But Chavez’ revolution has done nothing but drive Venezuela deeper into that same hole.