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EL ENIGMA BOWIE

Pocos personajes de las últimas décadas han tenido un impacto tan marcado en el imaginario colectivo como David Bowie. Andrógino, músico genial, provocador profesional, icono de la moda… Mediante un lúcido, ágil y entretenido repaso a la trayectoria escénica y discográfica del cantante inglés recientemente fallecido, el filósofo Simon Critchley traspasa su hipnótica apariencia para llegar hasta sus entrañas: la originalísima visión del mundo que inspiró su música, su aspecto, sus estrategias para comunicarse con el gran público. Nos revela a un artista sumamente sofisticado, complejo, culto, atormentado, que sublimó su perpetua sensación de inautenticidad para revolucionar de raíz el mundo del pop. Compartimos las primeras páginas de Bowie.

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EL ENIGMA BOWIE

Pocos personajes de las últimas décadas han tenido un impacto tan marcado en el imaginario colectivo como David Bowie. Andrógino, músico genial, provocador profesional, icono de la moda… Mediante un lúcido, ágil y entretenido repaso a la trayectoria escénica y discográfica del cantante inglés recientemente fallecido, el filósofo Simon Critchley traspasa su hipnótica apariencia para llegar hasta sus entrañas: la originalísima visión del mundo que inspiró su música, su aspecto, sus estrategias para comunicarse con el gran público. Nos revela a un artista sumamente sofisticado, complejo, culto, atormentado, que sublimó su perpetua sensación de inautenticidad para revolucionar de raíz el mundo del pop. Compartimos las primeras páginas de Bowie.

Dejadme que empiece con una confesión bastante embarazosa: ninguna persona me ha proporcionado tanto placer como David Bowie a lo largo de toda mi vida. Desde luego, puede que eso diga mucho de la calidad de ésta. No me malinterpretéis. He vivido momentos buenos, algunos incluso acompañado. Pero si hablamos de una alegría constante y continuada a lo largo de décadas, nada se puede comparar al placer que Bowie me ha dado. Todo comenzó, al igual que para muchos otros chicos y chicas ingleses cualesquiera, con la interpretación que hizo Bowie de “Starman” en el icónico programa de la BBC Top of the Pops el 14 de abril de 1972, y que fue seguido por más de una cuarta parte de la población británica. Me quedé con la boca abierta viendo cómo aquella criatura de pelo naranja enfundada en una malla de cuerpo entero rodeaba con un brazo afeminado los hombros de Mick Ronson. Lo que me impactó no fue tanto la calidad de la canción, sino la impresión que me causó el aspecto de Bowie. Era abrumador. Parecía tan sexual, tan perspicaz, tan astuto y tan extraño. Chulo y vulnerable al mismo tiempo.

Su rostro transmitía un sagaz entendimiento: una puerta hacia un mundo de placeres desconocidos. Algunos días después, Sheila, mi madre, compró una copia de “Starman”, simplemente porque le gustaban la canción y el pelo de Bowie (había trabajado de peluquera en Liverpool antes de venir al sur y defendía dogmáticamente que, desde finales de los ochenta en adelante, Bowie llevaba peluca). Recuerdo el retrato en blanco y negro de Bowie en la portada, con un punto amenazante, fotografiado desde abajo, y la etiqueta naranja de la RCA Victor que llevaba el sencillo de siete pulgadas. Por algún motivo, cuando me quedé solo con nuestro diminuto tocadiscos mono en lo que llamábamos el comedor (aunque no era ahí donde comíamos: ¿para qué?, no había tele), giré de inmediato el sencillo para escuchar la cara B. Recuerdo con toda claridad la reacción que sentí en mi cuerpo al escuchar “Suffragette City”. La excitación puramente física de aquel sonido era casi imposible de soportar. Supongo que sonaba como a… sexo. No es que yo supiese lo que era el sexo. Era virgen. No había besado jamás a nadie y jamás había querido hacerlo. Cuando la guitarra de Mick Ronson colisionó con mis órganos internos, sentí algo potente y extraño que jamás había experimentado hasta entonces. ¿Dónde estaba la ciudad de la sufragista? ¿Cómo se llegaba hasta allí? Tenía doce años. Mi vida había comenzado. Anomalías pasajeras Existe un concepto que alguna gente ha bautizado como “identidad narrativa”. Es la idea de que nuestra vida es una especie de relato con un comienzo, un desarrollo y un final. Por lo común hay alguna experiencia temprana traumática y determinante y una crisis, o varias, en el camino (sexo, drogas… cualquier forma de adicción sirve) de las que uno se recupera milagrosamente.

Este tipo de relatos vitales acostumbran a culminar en redención para después terminar con “Y en la Tierra paz y buena voluntad para con los hombres”. La unidad de nuestra vida reside en la coherencia del relato que podamos contar de nosotros mismos. La gente lo hace continuamente. Es la mentira que subyace en el concepto de “memorias”. Es la razón de ser de un pedazo enorme de lo que queda de la industria editorial, que se alimenta del horroroso submundo de los cursos de escritura creativa. En contra de esto, y como Simone Weil, yo creo en una escritura de creativa que avanza por espirales de negación en continuo ascenso hasta alcanzar la… nada. Creo también que la identidad es un asunto muy frágil. En el mejor de los casos, se trata de una secuencia de anomalías pasajeras, más que de una gran unidad narrativa. Como dejó sentado David Hume hace mucho tiempo, nuestra vida interior se compone de haces inconexos de percepciones, tirados por ahí como ropa sucia en los cuartos de la memoria. Puede que ése sea el motivo por el que la técnica del cut-up de Brion Gysin, en la que los textos se empalman de un modo aparentemente aleatorio usando recortes –y que Bowie, como es bien sabido, tomó prestada de William Burroughs–, se acerca a la realidad mucho más que cualquier variante del naturalismo. Los episodios que aportan a mi vida alguna estructura vienen con una frecuencia sorprendente de la mano de las letras y la música de David Bowie. Bowie hilvana mi vida como ninguna otra persona que conozca. Claro que hay otros recuerdos y otras historias que se podrían contar, pero en mi caso esto se complica por la amnesia que me causó un grave accidente de trabajo cuando tenía dieciocho años. Olvidé muchas cosas después de que se me quedara la mano atrapada en una máquina. Pero Bowie ha sido mi banda sonora; mi compañero constante, clandestino. En los buenos tiempos y en los malos. Míos y suyos. Lo sorprendente es que no creo que esté solo en esto. Hay todo un mundo de gente para la que Bowie era el ser que le proporcionaba una poderosa conexión emocional y le daba la libertad de convertirse en otra clase de persona, alguien más libre, más excéntrico, más sincero, más abierto, más excitante. Echando la vista atrás, Bowie fue una especie de piedra de toque para ese pasado, con todo su esplendor y sus esplendorosos fracasos; pero también para cierta constancia en el presente y para la posibilidad de un futuro, incluso para la reivindicación de un mundo mejor. Bowie no era una estrella de rock cualquiera, ni una colección de clichés mediáticos e insulsos sobre bisexualidad y bares de Berlín. Fue alguien que hizo de la vida algo menos trivial durante un período de tiempo tremendamente largo.

La asquerosa lección del arte

Después de recibir un disparo de Valerie Solanas en 1968, Andy Warhol dijo: “Antes de que me dispararan, tenía la sospecha de que, en lugar de vivir, sólo estaba viendo la tele. Desde el disparo, estoy seguro de ello”. El agudo comentario en once palabras de Bowie a las declaraciones de Warhol, en la canción epónima de Hunky Dory (1971), es terriblemente certero: “Andy Warhol, la gran pantalla / es imposible distinguir uno de otra”. La irónica consciencia de sí mismo del artista y su público no puede ser otra que la de su inautenticidad, llevada a niveles cada vez más conscientes. Bowie pone repetidamente en acción esta estética warholiana. La incapacidad para diferenciar a Andy Warhol de la gran pantalla se transforma en la continua sensación de Bowie de estar atrapado dentro de su propia película. Esa es la idea de “Life on Mars”, que comienza con la “chica del pelo castaño ceniza”, que está “enganchada a la gran pantalla”. Pero en la última estrofa el guionista de la película se revela como el propio Bowie o su personaje, aunque es imposible distinguir uno de otro: Pero la película es un tostón deprimente porque la he escrito ya diez veces o más está a punto de ser escrita de nuevo.

But the film is a saddening bore ‘Cause I wrote it ten times or more It’s about to be writ again.

 La fusión de la vida con una película se alía con el recurso de la repetición para evocar el sentimiento melancólico de estar al mismo tiempo aburridos y atrapados. Nos convertimos en actores de nuestra propia película. Así entiendo yo los versos, tan incomprendidos, de Bowie en “Quicksand”:

Vivo en una película muda

que retrata el sagrado reino de Himmler

de una realidad soñada.

(I’m living in a silent film

Portraying Himmler’s sacred realm

Of dream reality.)

Bowie demuestra un profundo entendimiento de la concepción de Himmler del nacionalsocialismo en cuanto que artificio político, como una construcción artística y en particular arquitectónica, así como un espectáculo cinematográfico. Hitler, en palabras de Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, era “Ein Film aus Deutschland”: “Una película de Alemania”. Para Bowie, Hitler fue la primera estrella pop. Pero quedar atrapado en una película no evoca exaltación, sino depresión y una inacción a lo Major Tom:

Me hundo en las arenas movedizas de mi pensamiento

y ya no tengo el poder.

(I’m sinking in the quicksand of my thought

And I ain’t got the power anymore.)

 

En “Five Years”, después de conocer la noticia de que la Tierra morirá pronto, Bowie canta: “Y hacía frío y llovía, así que me sentí como un actor”. De manera similar, en una de mis canciones favoritas de todos los tiempos, “The Secret Life of Arabia” (versionada extravagante y ferozmente por el gran Billy MacKenzie, ya desaparecido, junto con la British Electric Foundation), Bowie canta:

Tienes que ver la película

la arena que me entra en los ojos

recorro una canción desértica

cuando la heroína muere.

You must see the movie

The sand in my eyes

I walk though a desert song

When the heroine dies.

El mundo es un plató de cine, y la película que se rueda bien podría llamarse Melancolía. Una de las mejores canciones de Bowie, y de las más oscuras, “Candidate”, comienza con una declaración de fingimiento explícito, “Haremos ver que vamos a casa”, a la que sigue el verso: “Mi plató es alucinante, hasta huele como una calle”.

La asquerosa lección del arte es la de la inautenticidad, desde el primer momento hasta el último; una serie de repeticiones y de recreaciones, imposturas que desmontan la ilusión de realidad en la que vivimos y nos enfrentan a la realidad de la ilusión. El mundo de Bowie es como una versión distópica de El show de Truman, ese rincón enfermizo del mundo que queda retratado de un modo tan contundente en los paisajes urbanos violentos y en ruinas de “Aladdin Sane” y “Diamond Dogs” y, más sutilmente, en los desolados paisajes sonoros de “Warszawa” y “Neuköln”. Por tomar prestada la expresión de Iggy Pop en Lust for Life (procedente a su vez de la película de Antonioni de 1975, si bien Bowie podría ser su referente implícito), Bowie es el pasajero que atraviesa los suburbios destrozados de la ciudad, bajo un cielo brillante y vacío.

Maravilloso

¿De dónde provenía el poder de Bowie para conectar con chicos y chicas normales y corrientes, especialmente con los que estaban algo marginados, los que se aburrían y los que se sentían profundamente incómodos en su piel? La respuesta obvia nos la da “Rock’n’Roll Suicide”, que es el último tema de Ziggy Stardust y la canción con la que Bowie cerraba muchos de sus conciertos. Este es el clímax:

¡Ah, no, cariño! No estás solo

no importa qué o quién hayas sido

no importa cuándo o dónde hayas visto todos los cuchillos parecen lacerar tu cerebro

yo he pasado lo mío, te ayudaré a lidiar con el dolor

no estás solo

Emociónate conmigo y no estarás solo

vamos, emociónate conmigo y no estarás solo

(maravilloso)

(Oh no love! You’re not alone

No matter what or who you’ve been

No matter when or where you’ve seen

All the knives seem to lacerate your brain

I’ve had my share, I’ll help you with the pain

You’re not alone

Just turn on with me and you’re not alone

Let’s turn on with me and you’re not alone)

(wonderful)

 

Bowie/Ziggy rechazaba las normas dominantes de la sociedad existente: chico/chica, humano/alien, gay/hetero. El era el forastero, el extraterrestre, el visitante (éste último, The Visitor, fue el título que el alien humanoide Thomas Jerome Newton escogió para su álbum –un mensaje en una botella– cuando Bowie lo interpretó en El hombre que vino de las estrellas en 1976). Ahí estaba Ziggy con su canción suicida, tendiéndonos la mano a nosotros, sumidos en una confusión muda, enmarañada, autodestructiva de extrarradio, y diciéndonos que éramos maravillosos. Millones de mini-Hamlets retraídos que vivían su propio infierno sin amor en todo tipo de aldeas, pueblos y ciudades desperdigados oyeron esas palabras y quedaron atónitos al ser perdonados. Sólo teníamos que tender la mano. Lo hicimos. Compramos el disco.

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You may not modify, print or copy any part of the Services. Inclusion of any part of the Services in another work, whether in printed or electronic or another form or inclusion of any part of the Services on another resource by embedding, framing or otherwise without the express permission of ALMA MAGAZINE is prohibited.

Compensation and sponsorship

The Services may contain forms of advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. On certain occasions ALMA MAGAZINE may be compensated to provide opinions on products, services, or various other topics. The compensation received may influence such opinions of the advertised content or topics available on the Services. Sponsored content and advertising space will always be identified as such. Some of the links on the Services may be affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, ALMA MAGAZINE will receive an affiliate commission.

Indemnification and warranties

While we have made every attempt to ensure that the information contained on the Services is correct, ALMA MAGAZINE is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from the use of this information. All information on the Services is provided “as is”, with no guarantee of completeness, accuracy, timeliness or of the results obtained from the use of this information, and without warranty of any kind, express or implied. In no event will ALMA MAGAZINE be liable to you or anyone else for any decision made or action taken in reliance on the information on the Services, or for any consequential, special or similar damages, even if advised of the possibility of such damages. Information on the Services is for general information purposes only and is not intended to provide any type of professional advice. Please seek professional assistance should you require it. Information contained on the Services are subject to change at any time and without warning.

Changes and amendments

We reserve the right to modify this Disclaimer or its terms related to the Services at any time at our discretion. When we do, we will revise the updated date at the bottom of this page, post a notification within the Services, send you an email to notify you. We may also provide notice to you in other ways at our discretion, such as through the contact information you have provided. An updated version of this Disclaimer will be effective immediately upon the posting of the revised Disclaimer unless otherwise specified. Your continued use of the Services after the effective date of the revised Disclaimer (or such other act specified at that time) will constitute your consent to those changes.

Acceptance of this disclaimer

You acknowledge that you have read this Disclaimer and agree to all its terms and conditions. By accessing and using the Services you agree to be bound by this Disclaimer. If you do not agree to abide by the terms of this Disclaimer, you are not authorized to access or use the Services.

Contacting us

If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints regarding this Disclaimer, we encourage you to contact us using the details below:

[email protected]

This document was last updated on March 12, 2022

Privacy Policy
This policy was last updated on March 21, 2022.
Introduction
This Privacy Policy applies to all of the products, services, and websites offered by Ghids Media Corporation and its subsidiaries or affiliated companies (collectively, “Ghids Media”). We provide this notice explaining our privacy practices and the choices you can make about how your information is collected and used by Ghids Media Corporation. Ghids Media has appointed a Data Protection Office to contact if you have any questions or concerns. The Data Protection Office contact information is as follows: Data Protection Office  Ghids Media Corporation  11007 Griffing Blvd. Miami, FL33161  [email protected]
An overview of the information we may collect.
You can take advantage of many Bonnier products, services, and websites without providing any information that personally identifies you by name, address, or other personally-identifying information. We only collect personally-identifying information when you voluntarily submit it to us. Sometimes, we need personally-identifying information to provide you with the products and services you request. Depending upon the product or service, we may ask you for various personally-identifying information. This might include, for example, your name, address, email address, telephone number, gender, and birth date. We may also ask for other information about you, such as your credit card information (when making a purchase), interests, income, or education level. We consider certain identifying information “sensitive.” This includes your credit card number, income level, or other information usually regarded as confidential. Some personal information will never be requested or collected, such as information on your race or ethnic origin, political opinions, trade union memberships, religious beliefs, health, sex life, or sexual orientation. You may choose not to provide us with any personally-identifying information. In that case, you can still access and use many portions of our websites; however, you will not be able to access and use those portions of any Bonnier website that require your personal information. Many Ghids Media websites include community features, such as online forums and message boards. The information posted in these areas becomes public information, and any third party’s use of this information is beyond our control. If you elect to submit content that includes information that can be used to identify you, you must assume that the content can and will be displayed on any website on the Internet. Our properties may feature measurement software, which will allow you to contribute to market research. We allow third-party companies to serve ads and/or collect certain information when you visit our website and directly in emails/communications. These companies may use information you have shared (e.g., click stream information, browser type, time and date, subject of advertisements clicked or scrolled over, email address) during your visits to this and other Web sites to provide advertisements about goods and services likely to be of greater interest to you. Our partners use this information to recognize you across different channels and platforms over time for advertising, analytics, attribution, and reporting purposes; any information collected is stored in hashed or non-human-readable form. These companies typically use a cookie or third party web beacon to collect this information. Ghids Media websites sometimes may offer contests, sweepstakes, or promotions sponsored by or co-sponsored with identified third parties. Under their sponsorship, these third parties may obtain personally-identifying information that visitors voluntarily submit to them to participate in the contest, sweepstakes, or promotion. B Ghids Media has no control over the third-party sponsors’ use of this information. If a third-party sponsor beyond our control will obtain information that you supply us, we will notify you when we collect the information from you. For specific promotions, only those who provide us with the requested personally-identifying information will be able to order products, programs, and services or otherwise participate in the promotion’s activities and offerings. Some of our websites contain links to other sites. By clicking on these links, you will leave the website operated by Ghids Media and this Privacy Policy will no longer apply. These other sites’ information practices may be different than ours. You should consult the other sites’ privacy notices, as we have no control over information submitted to or collected by these third parties.
How we use the information we collect
We use the personally-identifying information you provide us to fulfill your requests for our products, programs, and services, respond to your inquiries about offerings, and offer you other products, programs, or services that we believe may be of interest to you. We sometimes use this information to communicate with you, such as to notify you when you have won one of our contests, make changes to subscriber agreements, fulfill a request by you for an online newsletter, or contact you about your account with us. We do not use your personal information to make automated decisions. We may syndicate the publicly available content of our community areas to unaffiliated third-party websites using RSS or other technologies. The information you have shared in the community areas may be included in this syndication. We will use the personally-identifying information that you provide about others in order to provide the products or services that you have requested; for example, to enable us to send them your gifts or cards. If you provide us someone else’s personally-identifying information for referral purposes, we may use that information to invite them to visit our websites or to provide them information about our products or services. If you provide us with your email and/or postal address, we may include that address in email and/or postal address lists that we sell, trade, or rent to third parties. These lists will never contain sensitive information. If you do not wish for your email or postal address to be shared with companies not owned by Bonnier who want to market products or services to you, you have the opportunity to opt out, as described below. You may also opt out of the receipt of any marketing materials from Ghids Media as described below. We may transfer your sensitive personally-identifying information to other Bonnier offices for internal management and administrative purposes. In addition, your personal data will be transferred to other Bonnier offices where necessary for the performance or conclusion of our contractual obligations to you or for your benefit. Transfers of personally-identifying information may also be made where necessary for the establishment, exercise, or defense of legal claims. We do not transfer personal information internationally. Ghids Media will only share your sensitive personal information with outside companies or individuals in any of the following limited circumstances:
  • When we use trusted businesses or persons to process personal information on our behalf. Before sharing any personal information with outside parties, we require that these parties agree to process such information based on our instructions and in compliance with this Privacy Policy and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures.
  • When we have a good faith belief that access, use, preservation, or disclosure is necessary to:
  1. comply with applicable law, regulation, or legal process;
  2. enforce the applicable Terms of Service or other agreements and policies on the Company’s Websites;
  3. detect, prevent, or otherwise address fraud, security, or technical issues; or
  4. protect against imminent harm to the rights, property, or safety or Ghids Media, its users, or the public as required or permitted by law.
  • When you consent. Before we share your sensitive personal information outside of the previously listed circumstances, we will ask you for permission first. Please note that this only applies to sensitive information, as defined above.
We may also use, transfer, sell, and share aggregated, anonymous data about our users for any legal purpose, such as analyzing usage trends and seeking compatible advertisers and partners. In no event will this aggregated data contain any information that could be used to identify individual users of our products or services.
How we protect the safety and integrity of the information we collect
We take appropriate physical, electronic, and procedural measures to safeguard and protect your personal information. We use a variety of security measures, including encryption and authentication, to maintain the confidentiality of your personal information. We store your personal information on systems behind firewalls that are only accessible to a limited number of persons, each of whom is required to keep the information confidential. We also take appropriate measures to secure the transmission of sensitive personal information from your computer to the Company’s computers. When you transmit sensitive personal information to us, like credit card information, we offer the use of a secure connection to our servers. To the extent you select the secure connection method or your browser supports such functionality, all credit card account information that you supply is transmitted via secure encryption technology. Regardless of these measures, no system connected to the Internet or data transmission sent over the Internet can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. We will provide notice if we become aware of any security breach that may affect any sensitive personal information pertaining to you that we have stored on our systems. Ghids Media only collects personal information that is relevant to the purposes for which it will be used. Though we do take appropriate steps to review and update the information that we store to ensure that it is accurate, complete, and current, we also depend on you to update or correct your personal information when necessary. To protect your privacy and security, we will take reasonable steps to help verify your identity before granting access or making corrections. We will decline to process requests where we cannot verify the identity of the requester. We may also decline to process requests that are automated, repetitive, systematic, or impractical, or that might jeopardize the privacy of others. In some limited circumstances, such as to resolve disputes, troubleshoot problems, and enforce our policies, we may retain some of information that you have requested us to remove. Therefore, you should not expect that all of your personal information will be completely removed from our databases in response to your requests.
Your privacy options
We do not share your email address with any third-party, unless you have given us the explicit permission to do so. Email messages we send on behalf of our advertisers or other Bonnier brands are delivered from our internal email marketing system only. We may also use an encrypted form of your email address strictly for matching purposes, both internally and externally. We only want to communicate with you if you want to hear from us. All email messages we send will contain Unsubscribe and Manage Preferences links in the footer of each email, which you can use to control what type of email messages you receive. In order to provide you with all relevant content for our brand(s) with which you have interest and to give you the greatest degree of control over what type of messages you receive, your email address may exist on multiple lists. Taking action using the Unsubscribe link will suppress you from a single list for that type of content (ex: Editorial, Sponsored or Consumer Marketing). For this reason, if you want to stop receiving all email messages from a Bonnier brand, using the Manage Preferences link from the email footer may be a more appropriate option. You may also use the Manage Preferences link to receive other content types, update your personal information or sign up for emails from other Ghids Media brands.
Questions, Concerns, and Complaints
If you have any questions or concerns about this Policy, or if you think that we have used your personal information in a manner inconsistent with this Policy, please contact us by mail or email: Data Protection Office Ghids Media Corporation 11007 Griffing Blvd. Miami, FL33161 [email protected] If we receive a complaint from you, we will contact you in an attempt to address your concerns. If we are not able to resolve a complaint, we will participate in appropriate independent recourse mechanisms as necessary. Boats Guide Florida, Usa Onboard, Alma Magazine, Alma Miami and Ghids are Trademarks of Ghids Media Corp.

GHIDS MEDIA CORP & USA ONBOARD

Website And Web Application
Terms and conditions

USA ONBOARD is a media owned by GHIDS MEDIA CORP.

These terms and conditions (“Agreement”) set forth the general terms and conditions of your use of the BoatsGuideFlorida.com website (“Website”), “BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA” mobile application (“Mobile Application”), UsaOnboard.com website (“Website”), and any of their related products and services (collectively, “Services”). This Agreement is legally binding between you (“User”, “you” or “your”) and GHIDS MEDIA CORP (doing business as “BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA”, USA ONBOARD, “we”, “us” or “our”). If you are entering into this agreement on behalf of a business or other legal entity, you represent that you have the authority to bind such entity to this agreement, in which case the terms “User”, “you” or “your” shall refer to such entity. If you do not have such authority, or if you do not agree with the terms of this agreement, you must not accept this agreement and may not access and use the Services. By accessing and using the Services, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by the terms of this Agreement. You acknowledge that this Agreement is a contract between you and BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA & USA ONBOARD even though it is electronic and is not physically signed by you, and it governs your use of the Services.

Accounts and membership

If you create an account on the Services, you are responsible for maintaining the security of your account and you are fully responsible for all activities that occur under the account and any other actions taken in connection with it. We may monitor and review new accounts before you may sign in and start using the Services. Providing false contact information of any kind may result in the termination of your account. You must immediately notify us of any unauthorized uses of your account or any other breaches of security. We will not be liable for any acts or omissions by you, including any damages of any kind incurred as a result of such acts or omissions. We may suspend, disable, or delete your account (or any part thereof) if we determine that you have violated any provision of this Agreement or that your conduct or content would tend to damage our reputation and goodwill. If we delete your account for the foregoing reasons, you may not re-register for our Services. We may block your email address and Internet protocol address to prevent further registration.

User content

We do not own any data, information or material (collectively, “Content”) that you submit on the Services in the course of using the Service. You shall have sole responsibility for the accuracy, quality, integrity, legality, reliability, appropriateness, and intellectual property ownership or right to use of all submitted Content. We may monitor and review the Content on the Services submitted or created using our Services by you. You grant us permission to access, copy, distribute, store, transmit, reformat, display and perform the Content of your user account solely as required for the purpose of providing the Services to you. Without limiting any of those representations or warranties, we have the right, though not the obligation, to, in our own sole discretion, refuse or remove any Content that, in our reasonable opinion, violates any of our policies or is in any way harmful or objectionable. You also grant us the license to use, reproduce, adapt, modify, publish or distribute the Content created by you or stored in your user account for commercial, marketing or any similar purpose.

Billing and payments

You shall pay all fees or charges to your account in accordance with the fees, charges, and billing terms in effect at the time a fee or charge is due and payable. Where Services are offered on a free trial basis, payment may be required after the free trial period ends, and not when you enter your billing details (which may be required prior to the commencement of the free trial period). If auto-renewal is enabled for the Services you have subscribed for, you will be charged automatically in accordance with the term you selected. If, in our judgment, your purchase constitutes a high-risk transaction, we will require you to provide us with a copy of your valid government-issued photo identification, and possibly a copy of a recent bank statement for the credit or debit card used for the purchase. We reserve the right to change products at any time. We also reserve the right to refuse any order you place with us. We may, in our sole discretion, limit or cancel quantities purchased per person, per household or per order. These restrictions may include orders placed by or under the same customer account, the same credit card, and/or orders that use the same billing and/or shipping address. In the event that we make a change to or cancel an order, we may attempt to notify you by contacting the e-mail and/or billing address/phone number provided at the time the order was made.

Accuracy of information

Occasionally there may be information on the Services that contains typographical errors, inaccuracies or omissions that may relate to availability, promotions and offers. We reserve the right to correct any errors, inaccuracies or omissions, and to change or update information or cancel orders if any information on the Services or Services is inaccurate at any time without prior notice (including after you have submitted your order). We undertake no obligation to update, amend or clarify information on the Services including, without limitation, pricing information, except as required by law. No specified update or refresh date applied on the Services should be taken to indicate that all information on the Services or Services has been modified or updated.

Third party services

If you decide to enable, access or use third party services, be advised that your access and use of such other services are governed solely by the terms and conditions of such other services, and we do not endorse, are not responsible or liable for, and make no representations as to any aspect of such other services, including, without limitation, their content or the manner in which they handle data (including your data) or any interaction between you and the provider of such other services. You irrevocably waive any claim against BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA with respect to such other services. BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA is not liable for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with your enablement, access or use of any such other services, or your reliance on the privacy practices, data security processes or other policies of such other services. You may be required to register for or log into such other services on their respective platforms. By enabling any other services, you are expressly permitting BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA to disclose your data as necessary to facilitate the use or enablement of such other service.

Backups

We perform regular backups of the Website and its Content and will do our best to ensure completeness and accuracy of these backups. In the event of the hardware failure or data loss we will restore backups automatically to minimize the impact and downtime.

Advertisements

During your use of the Services, you may enter into correspondence with or participate in promotions of advertisers or sponsors showing their goods or services through the Services. Any such activity, and any terms, conditions, warranties or representations associated with such activity, is solely between you and the applicable third party. We shall have no liability, obligation or responsibility for any such correspondence, purchase or promotion between you and any such third party.

Links to other resources

Although the Services may link to other resources (such as websites, mobile applications, etc.), we are not, directly or indirectly, implying any approval, association, sponsorship, endorsement, or affiliation with any linked resource, unless specifically stated herein. Some of the links on the Services may be “affiliate links”. This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA will receive an affiliate commission. We are not responsible for examining or evaluating, and we do not warrant the offerings of, any businesses or individuals or the content of their resources. We do not assume any responsibility or liability for the actions, products, services, and content of any other third parties. You should carefully review the legal statements and other conditions of use of any resource which you access through a link on the Services. Your linking to any other off-site resources is at your own risk.

Prohibited uses

In addition to other terms as set forth in the Agreement, you are prohibited from using the Services or Content: (a) for any unlawful purpose; (b) to solicit others to perform or participate in any unlawful acts; (c) to violate any international, federal, provincial or state regulations, rules, laws, or local ordinances; (d) to infringe upon or violate our intellectual property rights or the intellectual property rights of others; (e) to harass, abuse, insult, harm, defame, slander, disparage, intimidate, or discriminate based on gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, race, age, national origin, or disability; (f) to submit false or misleading information; (g) to upload or transmit viruses or any other type of malicious code that will or may be used in any way that will affect the functionality or operation of the Services, third party products and services, or the Internet; (h) to spam, phish, pharm, pretext, spider, crawl, or scrape; (i) for any obscene or immoral purpose; or (j) to interfere with or circumvent the security features of the Services, third party products and services, or the Internet. We reserve the right to terminate your use of the Services for violating any of the prohibited uses.

Intellectual property rights

“Intellectual Property Rights” means all present and future rights conferred by statute, common law or equity in or in relation to any copyright and related rights, trademarks, designs, patents, inventions, goodwill and the right to sue for passing off, rights to inventions, rights to use, and all other intellectual property rights, in each case whether registered or unregistered and including all applications and rights to apply for and be granted, rights to claim priority from, such rights and all similar or equivalent rights or forms of protection and any other results of intellectual activity which subsist or will subsist now or in the future in any part of the world. This Agreement does not transfer to you any intellectual property owned by BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA or third parties, and all rights, titles, and interests in and to such property will remain (as between the parties) solely with BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA. All trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with the Services, are trademarks or registered trademarks of BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA or its licensors. Other trademarks, service marks, graphics and logos used in connection with the Services may be the trademarks of other third parties. Your use of the Services grants you no right or license to reproduce or otherwise use any of BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA or third party trademarks.

Disclaimer of warranty

You agree that such Service is provided on an “as is” and “as available” basis and that your use of the Services is solely at your own risk. We expressly disclaim all warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement. We make no warranty that the Services will meet your requirements, or that the Service will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, or error-free; nor do we make any warranty as to the results that may be obtained from the use of the Service or as to the accuracy or reliability of any information obtained through the Service or that defects in the Service will be corrected. You understand and agree that any material and/or data downloaded or otherwise obtained through the use of Service is done at your own discretion and risk and that you will be solely responsible for any damage or loss of data that results from the download of such material and/or data. We make no warranty regarding any goods or services purchased or obtained through the Service or any transactions entered into through the Service unless stated otherwise. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by you from us or through the Service shall create any warranty not expressly made herein.

Limitation of liability

To the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, in no event will BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA OR USA ONBOARD, its affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, suppliers or licensors be liable to any person for any indirect, incidental, special, punitive, cover or consequential damages (including, without limitation, damages for lost profits, revenue, sales, goodwill, use of content, impact on business, business interruption, loss of anticipated savings, loss of business opportunity) however caused, under any theory of liability, including, without limitation, contract, tort, warranty, breach of statutory duty, negligence or otherwise, even if the liable party has been advised as to the possibility of such damages or could have foreseen such damages. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, the aggregate liability of BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA OR USA ONBOARD and its affiliates, officers, employees, agents, suppliers and licensors relating to the services will be limited to an amount no greater than one dollar or any amounts actually paid in cash by you to BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA for the prior one month period prior to the first event or occurrence giving rise to such liability. The limitations and exclusions also apply if this remedy does not fully compensate you for any losses or fails of its essential purpose.

Indemnification

You agree to indemnify and hold BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA & USA ONBOARD and its affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, suppliers and licensors harmless from and against any liabilities, losses, damages or costs, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, incurred in connection with or arising from any third party allegations, claims, actions, disputes, or demands asserted against any of them as a result of or relating to your Content, your use of the Services or any willful misconduct on your part.

Severability

All rights and restrictions contained in this Agreement may be exercised and shall be applicable and binding only to the extent that they do not violate any applicable laws and are intended to be limited to the extent necessary so that they will not render this Agreement illegal, invalid or unenforceable. If any provision or portion of any provision of this Agreement shall be held to be illegal, invalid or unenforceable by a court of competent jurisdiction, it is the intention of the parties that the remaining provisions or portions thereof shall constitute their agreement with respect to the subject matter hereof, and all such remaining provisions or portions thereof shall remain in full force and effect.

Dispute resolution

The formation, interpretation, and performance of this Agreement and any disputes arising out of it shall be governed by the substantive and procedural laws of Florida, United States without regard to its rules on conflicts or choice of law and, to the extent applicable, the laws of United States. The exclusive jurisdiction and venue for actions related to the subject matter hereof shall be the courts located in Florida, United States, and you hereby submit to the personal jurisdiction of such courts. You hereby waive any right to a jury trial in any proceeding arising out of or related to this Agreement. The United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods does not apply to this Agreement.

Assignment

You may not assign, resell, sub-license or otherwise transfer or delegate any of your rights or obligations hereunder, in whole or in part, without our prior written consent, which consent shall be at our own sole discretion and without obligation; any such assignment or transfer shall be null and void. We are free to assign any of its rights or obligations hereunder, in whole or in part, to any third party as part of the sale of all or substantially all of its assets or stock or as part of a merger.

Changes and amendments

We reserve the right to modify this Agreement or its terms related to the Services at any time at our discretion. When we do, we will revise the updated date at the bottom of this page, post a notification within the Services, send you an email to notify you. We may also provide notice to you in other ways at our discretion, such as through the contact information you have provided. An updated version of this Agreement will be effective immediately upon the posting of the revised Agreement unless otherwise specified. Your continued use of the Services after the effective date of the revised Agreement (or such other act specified at that time) will constitute your consent to those changes.

Acceptance of these terms

You acknowledge that you have read this Agreement and agree to all its terms and conditions. By accessing and using the Services you agree to be bound by this Agreement. If you do not agree to abide by the terms of this Agreement, you are not authorized to access or use the Services.

Contacting us

If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints regarding this Agreement, we encourage you to contact us using the details below:

[email protected]

This document was last updated on November 12, 2021
Disclaimer

This disclaimer (“Disclaimer”) sets forth the general guidelines, disclosures, and terms of your use of the BoatsGuideFlorida.com website (“Website”), “BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA” mobile application (“Mobile Application”) AND UsaOnboard.com website (“Website”), and any of their related products and services (collectively, “Services”). This Disclaimer is a legally binding agreement between you (“User”, “you” or “your”) and GHIDS MEDIA CORP (doing business as “BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA” AND UsaOnboard.com website (“Website”), “we”, “us” or “our”). If you are entering into this agreement on behalf of a business or other legal entity, you represent that you have the authority to bind such entity to this agreement, in which case the terms “User”, “you” or “your” shall refer to such entity. If you do not have such authority, or if you do not agree with the terms of this agreement, you must not accept this agreement and may not access and use the Services. By accessing and using the Services, you acknowledge that you have read, understood, and agree to be bound by the terms of this Disclaimer. You acknowledge that this Disclaimer is a contract between you and BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA, even though it is electronic and is not physically signed by you, and it governs your use of the Services.

Representation

Any views or opinions represented on the Services are personal and belong solely to BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA and USA ONBOARD and do not represent those of people, institutions or organizations that BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA and USA ONBOARD may or may not be associated with in professional or personal capacity unless explicitly stated. Any views or opinions are not intended to malign any religion, ethnic group, club, organization, company, or individual.

Content and postings

You may not modify, print or copy any part of the Services. Inclusion of any part of the Services in another work, whether in printed or electronic or another form or inclusion of any part of the Services on another resource by embedding, framing or otherwise without the express permission of BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA and USA ONBOARD is prohibited.

Compensation and sponsorship

The Services may contain forms of advertising, sponsorship, paid insertions or other forms of compensation. On certain occasions BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA and USA ONBOARD may be compensated to provide opinions on products, services, or various other topics. The compensation received may influence such opinions of the advertised content or topics available on the Services. Sponsored content and advertising space will always be identified as such. Some of the links on the Services may be affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase an item, BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA and USA ONBOARD will receive an affiliate commission.

Indemnification and warranties

While we have made every attempt to ensure that the information contained on the Services is correct, BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA and USA ONBOARD is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from the use of this information. All information on the Services is provided “as is”, with no guarantee of completeness, accuracy, timeliness or of the results obtained from the use of this information, and without warranty of any kind, express or implied. In no event will BOATS GUIDE FLORIDA be liable to you or anyone else for any decision made or action taken in reliance on the information on the Services, or for any consequential, special or similar damages, even if advised of the possibility of such damages. Information on the Services is for general information purposes only and is not intended to provide any type of professional advice. Please seek professional assistance should you require it. Information contained on the Services are subject to change at any time and without warning.

Changes and amendments

We reserve the right to modify this Disclaimer or its terms related to the Services at any time at our discretion. When we do, we will revise the updated date at the bottom of this page, post a notification within the Services, send you an email to notify you. We may also provide notice to you in other ways at our discretion, such as through the contact information you have provided. An updated version of this Disclaimer will be effective immediately upon the posting of the revised Disclaimer unless otherwise specified. Your continued use of the Services after the effective date of the revised Disclaimer (or such other act specified at that time) will constitute your consent to those changes.

Acceptance of this disclaimer

You acknowledge that you have read this Disclaimer and agree to all its terms and conditions. By accessing and using the Services you agree to be bound by this Disclaimer. If you do not agree to abide by the terms of this Disclaimer, you are not authorized to access or use the Services.

Contacting us

If you have any questions, concerns, or complaints regarding this Disclaimer, we encourage you to contact us using the details below:

[email protected]

This document was last updated on March 12, 2022