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On Dictators:
 As the term winds down to a close, I am still upset about the fate of Miguel Angel Face and still mulling over the events in Feast of the Goat. By far, no competiton, they were my favourite reads this semester- I enjoyed those two books from cover to cover. I really enjoy reading about things from on an indiviualistic, personal level. For that reason I did also find Facundo, I the Supreme and The General and His Labrynth interesting but for some reasons their narratives did not draw me in the way Asturias and Llosa did. Although Facundo and I the Supreme were a tad painful to muddle through at points, I do feel like I have accomplished something in struggling through them. Writing and power is not something I had really considered before this course began. By that I mean, yes I have discussed topics such as censorship and what freedom of speech means when newspapers are owned by the rich and heavily influenced by those in power but, at the same time I had never looked at the power of writing within the framework of Latin America and what writing meant in countries riddled with a colonial legacy. I enjoyed the fact that each novel we look at was from a different country. If anyone is interesed in a more feminine take on I the Supreme I do reccomend reading 'News for Paraguay.' I don't know that it is "good literature," maybe literary critics will equate it with Harry Potter but at the end of the day, it is a fun read, at least I thought so when i read it.  Even though reading these dictator novels definetly broadened my views on Latin American dictatorchips in general, I think I am ready to step away from the Dictator novel genre for a while. Perhpas I will come back to this genre at some point but for now, as for as Latin American authors and novels are concerned, I think I will more likely be reading Allende or maybe more Llosa in the nearer future. The Country Under my Skin (one woman's account of living through the Nicaragua revolution in the 1980s) is still half finished on my bookshelf and I also find myself migrating to novels such as Love in the Time of Cholera. I don't know if it is possible to get away from corruption, and dictators in latin american literature but perhaps I will just shift my focus onto reading about the people instead of the dictators themselves. 

On Wikipedia:
Where to begin? Well until a somewhat nasty fight about images errupted on our Feature Article Review page, I have really enjoyed this project. I find I have actually learned alot about how to re-write prose, what sounds better and re-visiting journal articles I had previously used ... it all makes me feel as though I am pretty much a walking-talking expert on literary criticsm written in english on El Senor Presidnete (The President). Until January I didn't even know that one could edit wikipeida... i just thought that some internet people out there had created it and were working on it.... and now I am one of "them"... scary. 
I have to say that I think the GA review is a fair goal for this project, but I have a feeling that this dispute over images could take weeks and it is something that I don't have any idea how to resolve. Not being tech-savy means that I really don't know or particularly feel comfortable jumping in on this heated debate. As such, I am really dissapointed that the content of our article, which has been supported for FA is not what really matters at the end of the day. It is frustrating that after so many hours of work compiling, adding and revising that an aspect of the article we had little control over and was not required when we undertook this project is keeping us from getting FA status... or if we finally do the class will be long over! So right now im not too sure how I feel about all this wikipedia stuff. On the one hand I think the project is a great idea and I think it is a great tool and starting point for research- especially if the page has such an extensive journal/book scholarly resource list. On a side note, when I went to see the resource librarian, she reccomended checking out (our!) wikipedia page for references!!! Anyways, on the whole I have enjoyed this project. I think our article deserves to be a FA, all other random wikipedians that have commented on our page agree, and I really feel that it sucks that some random issue some person has about images is keeping us from it. It is frustrating to put so much time into something and then be held back because of something you didn't do!!!!
After this is all over, i think i will retire from the world of wikipedia and blogging. They have both been an interesting an experiance for me and perhaps I will throw on the odd reference to a wikipedia page here and there when I am doing research papers for other classes, but I think that will be the extent of my involvement. Nevertheless, I have really enjoyed the experiance.

So, this is "mfreud" signing off. It has been an interesting ride! 

Update: We did it!!! El Senor Presidente is now a Wikipedia Feature Article!! Three Cheers!

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jbmurray
Apr. 10th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
don't worry
Don't worry about the debate about images in your article discussion. If this is the only substantial objection, and it seems it is, then it'll make FA, even if they just take the images off. Moreover, I think this will be resolved soon. Again, don't worry.
jbmurray
Apr. 10th, 2008 12:12 am (UTC)
funny
"On a side note, when I went to see the resource librarian, she reccomended checking out (our!) wikipedia page for references!!!"

And that is funny. Heh.
abarratt
Apr. 11th, 2008 05:57 am (UTC)
Congrats!
Just wanted to wish you congrats on your article! Must be nice to see it through to completion! You guys totally deserve it. Was nice to meet you :D
mfreud
Apr. 11th, 2008 04:06 pm (UTC)
Re: Congrats!
Thanks! Maybe we will cross paths in other Latin American studies classes in the future! :)
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