Wednesday, August 8, 2012

To be more specific

Most of the graffiti here does include a lot of the word "liberty" and because Correa has apparently being doing some pretty threatening things with the media, it really is like the walls of the city are the only way the people can communicate. I think I passed by one of the buildings of El Comercio, which is basically the main newspaper here, and at the very front of the building was a gigantic banner that called for the freedom of the press, how it is ultimately conjoined with the idea of democracy.

It's important to note two things. One is the increase of "Aborto Legal" graffiti I'm seeing. I was never truly sure whether or not Ecuador granted women the right of abortion--or if it did, it did so either with a stigma, or at least in cases like rape. According to my mother, and the words on the street, that is not true. It's just not legal.

The other thing that keeps popping up is Julian Assange's name. The people want him protected here. I couldn't agree more.

"Science and science fiction have done a kind of dance over the last century... The scientists make a finding. It inspires science fiction writers to write about it, and a host of young people read the science fiction and are excited, and inspired to become scientists...which they do, which then feeds again into another generation of science fiction and science..."
- Carl Sagan, in his message to future explorers of Mars.