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Visions and revisions

25 January 2012

I was prevailed upon (flattery will get you anywhere, but I’d prefer to receive bribes) to begin posting with some sort of regularity here.  Right now, with at least a dozen projects for Editorial Mazatlán and our new imprint, Libros Valor, in process I’m finding it very difficult to do any sustained writing, let alone the unedited, usually grammatically and orthographically-challenge Mex Files posts.

One project (or two or three projects) NOT yet on any project management schedule will be editing (and maybe fixing some of the grammar and spelling) of those last 3400 or so posts into a publishable form.  They were never meant as finished products, nor are they timeless literature, but some are worth saving in a form more likely to still be of some relevance (if only as very minor historical documentation) whenever this site finally goes to the wherever it is forgotten blogs eventually go.

PIPA and SOPA was only “suspended”... which means that sooner or later (probably sooner), there will be corporate controls on the internet.  The Ley Döring (introduced, as one would expect, by a PAN Senator, Federico Döring) seeks to do the same thing the U.S. laws did (i.e., create a legal framework for private capital to control a public resource — information) and, at the international level, there is ACTA.

I fully expect that sites like this will eventually be forced to discontinue.  Nor do I plan to keep this site forever.  Certainly, not everything over the last 3400 plus posts are worth saving, but Mex Files has been at least the secondary source in various scholarly publications, and there are some pieces I think are worth revisiting on their own merits.  With no coherent theme to speak of, there isn’t A book in here… although there may be several ebooks. Which I’m in no real hurry to work on, but which will give me some legal protection over my own work, and make it available in some form whatever else happens.  And clean up the grammar and spelling.

In the meantime, while I’m irregularly posting (and probably culling through the past), two resources worth exploring.  Tuerto, an English-language e-magazine, meaning either to devote itself to South America or Latin America… the two seem to be used interchangeably, but the articles so far have been from south of the Darién Gap, but then, they’re new, and perhaps you can convince them (or better yet, contribute an article) from those of us slightly north.

The Facebook Mexican History/Historía Mexicana page is for the scholars and writers and Mexicanists out there who want to avoid the stuffy confines of the usual suspects (H-net and the like) who haunt the graves of academe and turn so much of what should be lively discussions of Mexico and Mexican history into a day of the dead… without the fun.  Think of it as a cyber-pulquería with a few off-duty academics hanging around.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. 26 January 2012 3:17 pm

  2. 26 January 2012 4:31 pm

    Glad to see your back somewhat. I’ve tried following you over on your other gig, but admittedly I get lost from time to time.

    As for SOPA/PIPA, what a freakin’ joke….

  3. 26 January 2012 5:13 pm

    Thanks for the link! We’re going to start south and, if things go well, move north. We’re looking for writers, so anyone interested in writing (in Spanish or English, we can translate) drop me a note: Obviously we would thrilled to have contributors from Mexico.

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