This calls for an angry e-mail

It didn’t take long for me to be completely offended by this biassed article about Twitter use in Guatemala and Iran. I usually don’t write people to give them a piece of my mind, but this time the author -Elizabeth Lazar- crossed the line. I share with you my e-mail:

Dear Elizabeth:
As a fellow writer and guatemalan citizen (not to mention part of that evil cyber community), I’m trully distressed by the statements included on your article Is Twitter Really a Tool for Democracy? Clearly, you have not lived in Guatemala, or are aware of President Colom’s poor handling of our nation’s finances (the last campaign he lost, about 4 years ago, included soft money donations from corrupt officials of the Portillo administration… to which he pleaded complete ignorance), and of how the “poor farmers’s” support is rallied by local councilmen. The corruption of our current government is all around… ask people who work at culture state institutions, who are asked to “volunteer” part of their monthly wages to “The Party”, and who are basically forced to attend demonstrations in favor of Àlvaro Colom, if they want to keep their jobs. I suggest you start reading some of the guatemalan press and get your facts straight.
P.S. And as far as a political agenda of the cyber community… I doubt there is one, beyond the public display of outrage with this administration’s complete lack of interest in solving the crime and lack of security issues that have taken the lives of thousands of guatemalans -Rodrigo Rosenberg included- in about 18 months and counting.”

 Update: Liz was kind enough to reply a couple of times to this original e-mail, here’s the last of her responses:

“Given how inflamed things are in your country and how much is at
stake, I understand your frustration.
As far as I’m concerned, outrage is a much preferred state to apathy”.



Filed under angry rant, crime, everyday, Guatemala, internet, journalism, life, politics, urban, violence

4 responses to “This calls for an angry e-mail

  1. I’ve followed the scandal rather closely and have blogged about it as well as the @jeanfer development, and I don’t think you’ve refuted the comments on doublex. The point made there was that twitter was not representative of the population at large, and that the evidence actually indicates that those not represented on twitter would oppose the twitter crowd. From my own experiences (yes, I live in Guatemala), I would tend to agree.

    The corruption here did not begin with, nor will it end with Colom. Neither is the country’s financial position the result of Colom’s management (or lack thereof), although aggressive Keynesian policies could/will make things much worse.

  2. Greetings. Twitter is indeed a new social media for Guatemala users, but oversimplifying the twitter crowd vrs. the non-twitter crowd comes down to a class struggle debate. Though most of the population has neither Internet access nor the literacy required to understand these new media outlets, is beside the point.

    I do agree that corruption will not end with Colom’s administration, but it has gotten seriously worse, as well as the violence. I have no idea where the country is headed, but I refuse to acknowledge the sort of martyr status the article claims to bestow upon our current commander in chief. Looking forward to reviewing your thoughts on the political scandal we are blogging about.

  3. Good for you for speaking out!!!

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