March 6, 2015
-Some words about the recent hacking issues at PRN and the mega-spam issues at my ExpatWisdom.com website
-How does the Latin news media report first-world breaking news events? Do they have their own roving reporters on the spot in Cleveland and Atlanta out to get the Latin angle? Not likely. Yes, there are Latin foreign correspondents in the states but only concentrated in American cities with huge Latin populations like New York, Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles. And note that 99% of the time they’re out covering purely Latin social events and entertainment fluff (sound familiar?) So any first-world hard news that appears in the Latin American papers, internet and TV media is generally a translated English version from the usual whitewashed sources like the AP, Reuters, BBC and CNN news wires.
-What do 99% of all successful Latin American media, TV and music media personalities have in common? Though 99% are total unknowns to the English speaking US, when a flamboyant Latin type finally makes it big “down Mexico way”, the usual pattern is to hit the first world and tour the Latin barrios of the biggest cities in the USA. There they can make a lot of dough off the ready-made big, local, homesick audience. Then the Latin celeb applies for a green card, and buys a house in a wealthy area of Miami. So that’s the “real life” and Latin “soap opera” or “tele-novela” definition of success. What’s yours?
-PT Marco’s email tells of new draconian freedom-limiting laws for travelling Canadians and how where he lives in Mexico (with all of its flaws) is still a great alternative to the Canadian Big Brother state.
-LATIN AMERICAN SEMINAR NOTICE: If you’re interested in attending the next, week-long, Latin American Expat Wisdom seminar (and get in on the early-bird discount) send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. The next adventure will likely take place in the second week of July, 2015.
-SCHEDULING A PHONE OR SKYPE CONSULT WITH JOHNNY: Follow the link on the main page at www.ExpatWisdom.com to sort your plans, thoughts and ideas on living, working, playing, doing business and/or retiring in Latin America.