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Che Guevara in the HBLL

Here's the story behind the Herald B. Lee Library's short-lived Che Guevara anti-cellphone campaign. The story's conclusion is here.

Well done Nate.

(Via all-encompassingly.)

Me & Che

I just recently noticed the web statement by Nathan Cardon on his site and the responses. Since Nathan’s isn’t open for comment, I thought maybe you’d like one. Because the truth is, there is no irony involved in the matter.

When Nathan Cardon says that his first post was an accurate description of his “perception of the conversation” with me what he’s really saying (or isn’t saying) is that he wasn’t there.

I didn’t have that conversation with Nathan but rather with S. Widmer who didn’t actually get his facts straight. If Nathan had double-checked the story, as an ethical editor should do, he probably wouldn’t have had a story to begin with.

I didn’t tell Widmer I was pursuing a political science masters degree because I’m not. I received my degree in communications studies. After Widmer explained to me his views on Che Guevara I told him I understood and that in my opinion a number of politicians today, including George W. Bush, could be viewed as murderers by various groups and cultures. That wasn’t an attempt to dismiss his views but an attempt to avoid getting into a discussion on politics.

But the most important points I made were omitted in the letter/article: BYU’s Lee Library isn’t endorsing political viewpoints, and I told Widmer I would gladly take his complaint to the administration again to discuss the issue. But that didn’t seem to suffice for someone who wanted more immediate and satisfactory results.

Is it possible that Nathan didn’t double check his sources because he was trying to gain support for banning the ads? Yes, but that is conjecture.

This semester, the University of California, Riverside is hosting the exhibit, “Revolution and Commerce: The Legacy of Korda’s Portrait of Che Guevara,” something BYU probably wouldn’t host. It is there that lectures and discussions will focus on Che’s image as political iconography, a symbol of terrorism and radical-chic pop culture. So Che really is a murderer to some and a “guerilla heroica” to others, but I didn’t say that he was either to Widmer.

Thanks for your time and this forum,

Mike Hooper