They were three meters from each other and pointed their mobile phones—like two cowboys in the middle of a duel—to send the video clip “Decadence” and the latest photos of Carlos Lage. The information traveled through the air and stored itself in the memory of each telephone device. They left no traces of the shipment, not even those around them realized that almost fifty megabytes had crossed the park in a few short minutes. As the night advanced, they passed the “materials” to a dozen friends, who the next day transferred it to another fifty.
Bluetooth technology is the nightmare of the censors. Prohibited books in pdf format, songs you’ll never hear on the radio, blogs blocked inside the Island and every kind of news missing from the official media is transmitted through these radio frequencies. In the capital, it is a growing phenomenon, especially among the young. Some carry a cellphone that they use only to store and share photos, music and videos, unable to afford the high price of mobile service.
The intangible is making its way in this society where to print and distribute a publication could lead us to prison for the crime of “enemy propaganda.” Many newspapers, exclusively virtual, are seeing the light of day, while a digital culture leaves those who think revolutions are made only with weapons and speeches out of the game. For them, these omnidirectional waves are purely boys’ play. It is better that they think so. By the time they realize their importance, wireless will have managed to reconnect all these threads that have been cut, systematically, between citizens.