"In order to ease the limitations of living in the ‘Island of the Disconnected’," she says, "local users prefer those that work without access to the Internet." Hence the prevalence of apps originally designed to work offline (i.e. maps, illustrated encyclopedias, translators, role-play games, and tools for the everyday life).
In her piece, she went on to mention the 10 most popular Android apps among Cubans, according to local cell phone repairers. Here they are, all contained in a single screenshot:
How does it compare to the collection of apps you have in your smartphone?
FJP: Yoani didn’t include any info on whether the apps are downloaded for free, or at least legally. We are just assuming it, though.
Image: Grabbed screenshot, via The Huffington Post.
When in Brazil, do not tell anyone you’re a writer. Not only will they deny you credit at the grocery store, but almost certainly they will laugh at you, asking right away: “No, seriously. What do you do for a living?” Unless your name is Paulo Coelho, writing is seen as about as useful and profitable as whale-snot collecting.
There is no doubt that the newspaper has increasingly become less an information source. When the newspaper reaches our doorstep every morning, we already know much of what ir reports. This is not to say that their function is already irrelevant. On the contrary, the change creates a new space for the journalistic rigor and depth that “new media” tend to despise. Yet, I think the worst temptation is to be fall for the offer of the new player, and surrender to its aesthetic code, to its pace, to its appetite.
It seems that my newspaper [Reforma] is ready to free more room for famous derrières (of either artists or politicians), and less for the long careful reportage, the serious reliable journalism, and those news pieces written with much respect for language, information, and the people. My newspaper is losing direction by gravitating toward the power of graphics, by getting rid of smart collaborations, by destroying any sense of priority, by shedding a thin-but-always-pertinent Culture section, giving in to frivolity as never before. I am saying this here because this is where it must be said.
Writer Jesús Silva-Herzog Márquez in his weekly op-ed (in Spanish) at Periódico Reforma (Mexico City), after the unveiling of a radical new visual design of its print version (paywall) in time for their 20th Anniversary.
Background: For illustration:
— Xulio Guillén (@xulioguillen)
When writing a reportage, we should never put the reader to work. A dose of suspense about the fate of the characters and the ending of the story does capture the attention of the people who are reading it, but if the central topic of the article is not clearly explained, they will probably desist from finishing it.