Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Cell Phones in Cuba

I happened upon this cartoon (by Miguel Morales) in Granma and it caught my attention for several reasons.

The idea here is that a woman is speaking very loudly into her cell phone and people assume she's doing so to call attention to the fact that she has a cell phone. About 2 million out of 11 million Cubans have a cell phone. So I take it as a joke about scarcity in the official state newspaper. Now, the state blames the embargo--rather than socialism--for the lack of telecommunications, so perhaps it's an indirect criticism of that and recognition that relaxation of relations will increase cell phone use along with its annoying side effects.


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