Television, Democracy, and the Mediatization of Chilean Politics

Television, Democracy, and the Mediatization of Chilean Politics

by Harry L. Simon Salazar


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After seventeen years as dictator of Chile, in 1990 Augusto Pinochet ceremoniously handed the presidential sash to the leader of his legal opposition to formalize the peaceful transition to civilian rule in that country. Among the many idiosyncrasies of this extraordinary transfer of political power, the most memorable is the month-long, nationally televised campaign of uncensored political advertising known as the Franja de Propaganda Electoral—the “Official Space for Electoral Propaganda.” Produced by Pinochet’s supporters and the legal opposition, the 1988 Franja campaign set out to encourage voters to participate in a plebiscite that would define the democratic future of Chile. Harry L. Simón Salazar presents a valuable historical account, new empirical research, and a unique theoretical analysis of the televised Franja campaign to examine how it helped the Chilean people reconcile the irreconcilable and stabilize a contradictory relationship between what was politically implausible and what was represented as true and viable in a space of mediated political culture. This contribution to the field of political communication research will be useful for scholars, students, and a general public interested in Latin American history and democracy, as well as researchers of media, communication theory, and cultural studies. Television, Democracy, and the Mediatization of Chilean Politics also helps inform a more critical understanding of contemporary hyper-mediated political movements such as the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter, and the particularly germane phenomenon of Trumpism.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781498559546
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication date: 12/26/2017
Series: Communication, Globalization, and Cultural Identity Series
Pages: 190
Product dimensions: 6.23(w) x 9.45(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Harry L. Simón Salazar is lecturer in communication at the University of California, San Diego.

Table of Contents

Part I: Historical Context
Chapter 1: Pinochet's Enduring Legacy
Chapter 2: The Rainbow that Brought Down a Dictatorship
Part II: Mediatization as a Theoretical Framework
Chapter 3: A Fictive Self-Representation of Chilean Democracy
Chapter 4: A Democratic Transition? NO. A Shift in Political Culture? SÍ.
Part III: The Empirical Study
Chapter 5: The Production of the 1988 Franja Electoral
Chapter 6: The Content Analysis of the 1988 Franja Electoral
Part IV: Conclusion
Conclusion: 1990 to 2013: The Arc of La Concertación

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