In literature as well as in cinema, theater, comics and even opera, fiction is the creative exercise through which an imaginary reality is created or plots are raised that take place in a parallel universe, existing only in the imagination. of the author and that of the recipient. For a fiction to work, a pact between the two is needed, an agreement that is not based on the veracity of what is reported, but on its plausibility. Something may be true, but the way it is told could make it implausible. On the contrary, an achievement of fiction is to ensure that a story without truthful support ends up being accepted in its imaginary planning as if it were true. The first person who explicitly proposed the necessary pact between creator and recipient of the work was the English poet and philosopher Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834), author among other works of Ballad of the Ancient Mariner Y Kubla Khan (long poem born, according to him, from a dream of opium). Together with his friend and colleague William Wornsworth (1770-1850), with whom he jointly published lyrical balladsColeridge is considered one of the fathers of romanticism in England. What he asked for in his pact was that, once immersed in the fiction, the recipient (reader, viewer) would suspend his disbelief.
Argentina is flooded by non-literary, cinematographic, or theatrical fictions, which are far from provoking the pleasure motivated by good creations in those arts. Fiction is a term that originates from the Latin fictus (means feigned, not true, unreal). There is a person, for example, who pretends to act as president, but whose actions do not deserve any credibility, perhaps because, like bad actors, he is not capable of transmitting credibility. Another person, in this case from the vice presidency (a constitutionally minor position), pretends to be innocent of his own destitution actions with respect to the president and of the devastating political, social and economic consequences of his creation. In order to evade responsibility for acts for which he must answer in court, he pretends to be her victim. In the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies, numerous characters who arrived there without sufficient skills, abilities or moral credentials pretend to be legislators, when in reality they are mere operators of other people’s interests or their own profits. Not by a long shot are they credible as representatives of the people. This concept (people) is, in turn, another fiction that none of those who hide behind it for impunity or robbery can define or explain. In general, it seems that a town is what each one decides it is (usually something that suits them or on which they take ownership). There are opponents who pretend to have been born virgins and still remain so, despite their long careers as governors, mayors, legislators and even presidents in which there is little to be proud of. There is a judicial corporation that pretends to operate “in accordance with the law” and under the mantle of the law, and that accommodates rulings, drawers files, lets cases die and compromises with power, stripping the notion of justice of credibility.
Argentine fictions do not end with these creations. They also touch on a concept of Argentinity that includes the belief that we are tolerant, friendly, open to the peoples of the world, but that does not hide the fact that friendliness and cronyism are not the same thing, that intolerance has been installed in every corner of the society and interpersonal relationships and that xenophobia is profusely manifested in conversations, social networks, tribune songs, etc. There are those who pretend to protest for just causes, although they do not know what those causes are, and make it clear that piquetero has become just another profession or job. There are also, throughout the social spectrum, those who cry misery, but do not deprive themselves of consuming everything that is put in front of them. There are more fictions. Several even touch journalism. They jump out at you. And in all cases they are of poor quality. Poorly written and worse acted, they only cause despair.
*Writer and journalist.
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