Cuba’s Presence in Social Networks

By Patricia Pérez on June 23, 2021

Cubans gather at Wifi hot spot, photo: Bill Hackwell

Cuba has faced many challenges throughout time: the gold diggers of conquest and colonization first, intervention, monopolies, consortiums and trusts of neocolonization centuries later, attempts at U.S. domination and hegemony and the growing siege of a brutal blockade that suffocates us to this day. This ominous record has been lengthened, as we know, with the galloping rise of the Internet and the so-called social networks.

The power groups, based in the most developed countries where these technological media are created, financed and controlled, are also the owners of the platforms from which the new generation weapons are launched against Cuba in the virtual realm. In that parallel world, managed by the “wizards of communication”, as our President Díaz Canel recently called them at the closing of the Eighth Party Congress, “the truth is not only negotiable, but even worse: dispensable”.

Despite the fact that Cuba strives to build a more just and humane society, that fights for life and peace in the world, that has no military bases in any country and does not make pacts with any nation to attack others, we have never been safe from lies, slander or terrorism. Even less so now, with such a multiplication of disinformation channels. With the counterrevolutionary bloggers, the “think-tanks” subtly influenced and financed by B. Obama, with the emergence of digital newspapers specialized in the construction of fake news and opinion matrixes around social issues less addressed by the press in Cuba, with the aggressiveness of certain intellectuals, artists turned into virtual leaders or public puppets during the administration of D. Trump, the attempts of soft coup and the “shift to the center”, an attempt has been made to colonize our subjectivity throughout the last decades. The goal is the youngest child of the Monroe Doctrine: to promote political instability in our country, to enlarge the media encirclement, to crystallize the negative digital spectrum and in the long run, to overthrow the government and the socialist system that the Cuban people majority and democratically chose.

It seemed that the deconstruction of Cuba’s image, of its heroes and martyrs, the disarticulation of its identity and a rhetoric adverse to its historical and social processes was going to prevail in the new century. But the growing presence of Cuba and its revolution in the networks, the infinite demonstrations of support from Cubans inside and outside Cuba and solidarity from all continents through them, have largely disarticulated these new type of plans of yesterday’s and today’s enemies. In spite of their media arsenal to corrode public opinion, of the spewing projection of preconstructed fallacies to dent vulnerable consciences, taking advantage of the unequal access of our people to the Internet in the era of post-truth, the homeland has grown again, the sons who, in times of crisis, have spared no effort to defend it both virtually and objectively, have returned once again to their Girón. And that is the plan that, contrary to what was predicted in the times of Covid-19 and under the prism of Naomi Klein’s shock theory by the makers of open societies like Georges Soros, we Cubans must continue to dismantle thanks to the greater access to these new type of weapons we now have at our disposal. Plan against plan, be today, as yesterday was for Martí and Fidel, our premise and main performance.

Source: La Pupila Insomne, translation Resumen Latinoamericano – English