On Face Value

Politics in a Broken Age

Las obras de García Márquez han continuado dándonos un gran volumen de enriquecimiento y el patrimonio de sus historias vayan a sobrevivir a través de las generaciones.

Las obras de Gabriel García Márquez han tenido un efecto significativo en el mundo de hoy, en particularmente en el torno de la literatura. Sus ideas y las representaciones de sus novelas hubieran tenida un rol fundamental en la formación de la literatura hispánica durante el siglo veinte y los años posteriores como consecuencia directa. Su presencia durante el siglo veinte tenía implicaciones fenomenales entre el uso de las técnicas literaturas, en particularmente el realismo mágico- un aspecto famoso de la literatura hispánica.

Nos ha dado novelas como Cien Años de Soledad (1967), que incorpora el realismo fantástico en la cuenta de un pueblo colombiano ficcionario. Se dice que la influencia de esta novela habría sido una reflexión, en parte, de las fuerzas políticas de su juventud. La cuenta se revuelve alrededor la familia de las Buendías, en que los miembros fundaron el pueblo de Macondo. La novela pinta el destino circular del poblado vecinal y las Buendías, durante más de un siglo- mostrando las tendencias de la natura humana en afrontando las secuelas de las cuestiones indispensables. Es justo para observar que Cien Años de Soledad formara el basis de sus obras posteriores y la cultura literatura también.

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Sus cuentas hubieran sido imprescindibles en asegurando el nombre de la literatura hispánica a un nivel global y firmándola el respeto en un mundo en rápido desarrollo. Podemos ver su logro en los galardones que él ganó, un premio más prestigioso siendo el Premio De La Paz (1982) por la dedicación que mostraba en el torno de la literatura. Ganó premios, pero nos daba una plétora de las matas más reconocidas, y dejó después de su fallecimiento una legacía que siempre vaya quedar como una influencia de el arte. La interpretación de su novela Cien Años de Soledad llegará a la plataforma de Netflix pronto, una indicación obvia de su ascendiente hoy.

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On Face Value is a blog which recollects the most influential ideas of a generation, alongside tackling the biggest political issues of today.

In an age of misconception, this blog looks to find the people across the world that are making a difference and the issues that follow them.

In the  Spanish edition, it revises the most important people to the Hispanic culture and strives to find contemporary issues relevant it. It is very much a medium to practise my Spanish, but also to gain a wider understanding of the Hispanic world.

The blog is an opinion news site, providing an alternative coverage of politics, that doesn’t necessarily follow closely with the week’s news stories. The current affairs section is updated with pieces on the important issues that have been heavily debated.

The ‘long read’ section provides a more detailed and focused coverage of an important issue that I feel is important to talk about, or a topic which isn’t getting wide news coverage.

On occasion, other writers may contribute in their views to politics today.

This blog is self-run by me, Joshua Guillen, between my studies in the hope that I can expand my political knowledge in writing posts, which I hope are of intriguing content.

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Joshua Guillen


La edición española se encuentra las figuras más importantes sobre la cultura hispánica y el poder que tienen/tenían. Este blog es el producto del estudiante, Joshua Guillen, viviendo en el Reino Unido. Actualmente, está estudiando el español, la política y la ingles en colegio. Con raises de ambos México y España, Joshua tiene un diverso interés en la cultura hispánica y la gente que es imperativa en la comunidad hispánica.

La recolección de las figuras imprescindibles será el único contenido en español, por razones de tiempo, pero puedes encontrar un número de artículos ingleses para leer.

Gracias, Joshua.   

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It doesn’t take a genius to realise that politics is broken. It seemingly does however, take a genius to fix it. In a perfected Utopia, politics should breed consensus and advocate for finding common ground. Yet I’m no Marx, and as beautiful as a Utopia may sound, it is simply untenable. But in an era undeniably forged by the sticky fingers of populism, political discussion has suffered as a result. The overarching reason for this is arguably that there is no such thing a dogmatic political spectrum anymore- populism has ripped it apart. Nowadays, someone can be politically categorised as: a ‘Remoaner’ or a ‘Brexiteer’. There are other spin-offs of these tags, but they’ll do for now.

Whether you’re a flip-flopping Lib Dem, an inconsiderate Tory; a sympathetic Lefty or a lost cloud of thought, we must all recognise that actually, political language is changing. I lust to hear ‘Tory twat’ being chanted by a well-meaning protester once again. Not because it’s particularly nice, but because it has a slightly funny ring to it. Nowadays it’s all Brexit related political jargon or abuse. And it’s bad for debating and exchanging ideas.

I’ll throw you a quick example. Owen Jones, the well-known political activist and Guardian journalist recently went to a Brexit Party rally, as he documented on YouTube. Initially, I was impressed by the reception he got. There was no abuse, or over-zealous shouting. There were ex-Labour voters in attendance, subtly reminding Jones of the Brexit mess. Fair enough. A group of young lads who yelped of the bias of their teachers pitched in with cameos. A seemingly pragmatic man who oozed class and persuasion had a dignified chat with Jones. But there’s always one that ruins the party. This gentleman made little sense, but he was in his prime- and no one dared to stop the blitz. Think Sunday League football- the drunk guy looking for a fight over a foul throw. He continued his confusing rant, getting more personal and intrusive, more threatening. He shows off his gleeful manliness- “stand still son” he barks. Ironic, considering he attempts to pet Owen as his dog, but shows the communicative ability of a jumpy canine. Other Brexit party supporters stand around and watch, but fail to intervene on such a clear attempt to make Owen feel uncomfortable. They enjoy the fact that someone that disagrees with Brexit is getting schooled. Childlike wooing goes on, a popular tirade begins to amount. This isn’t debate, I thought. This is bullying in all but name.

A bit of research astutely followed, and I found this man’s true political views aside from that fact that I knew he was a Brexit Party supporter. Read the tweet below.

How gay rights could be linked to Nazis is rather baffling, considering diversity in Nazi Germany constituted an evil which encouraged the mass murder of millions of innocent victims. There may well be elements of the LGBT activism that aren’t seeking to progress the equality message, and I am inclined to agree with more focussed campaigning to achieve equality. But this tweet is a remarkable example of what/who people may be accidentally endorsing. Would those Brexit Party supporters now woo this guy on, upon the context of his other political views? That’s the problem with labelling someone as a ‘Brexiteer’ or a ‘Remoaner’ because it confuses people that really shouldn’t be confused.

I want Brexit to happen, I really do. But it’s about getting the right voices to represent the greater good. That would greatly improve democracy, which is what we need now more than ever.

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