Saturday, November 05, 2005

What now Chavez!

Deep in Venezuela's new, cumbersome Social Responsibility Law is an item that requires radio stations to play more -- much more -- Venezuelan music. The idea, the fiercely nationalist government says, is to promote Venezuelan culture over foreign culture, particularly American rock that has dominated radio airplay for years.At least 50 percent of the musical output on radio must be homegrown. If the measure seems obscure, its effects haven't been. From the techno-pop wizards of cosmopolitan Caracas to the folksy crooners of this cattle town, Venezuelan musicians say they are reaping benefits from President Hugo Chávez's efforts to regulate culture.

A new law that requires 50% of the music to be from Venezuela. What? Esta loco mini-me #1. Another measure to control the people of Venezuela.

Check out the rest of the story here.

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