This book provides a transversal scholarly exploration of the multiple changes exhibited around Venezuelan media during the Chávez regime. Bringing together a body of original research by key scholars in the field, the book looks at the different processes entailed by Chavismo’s relationship with the media, extending their discussion beyond the boundaries of the specific cases or examples and into the entire articulation of a nearly-perfect communicational hegemony.
It explores the wide-ranging transformations in the national mediascape, such as how censorship of journalistic endeavors has impacted news consumption/production in the country to the complexities of Venezuelan filmmaking during Chavismo, from the symbolic postmortem persistence of Chávez to the profound transformations undergone by telenovelas, from the politically induced migration of online audiences to the reinvention of media spaces for cultural journalism as forms of resistance.
Allowing readers to engage not only with the particular case studies or exemplars presented, but with the underlying cultural, economic, political, societal, and technical aspects that come into play and which allow the extrapolation of this body of research onto other national or international contexts, this book will be an important resource for scholars and students of journalism, communication, media studies, and politics.
Table of Contents
1 Two films: a rhizomatic connection 7
2 Short-form documentaries, cyber activism, and resistance by Venezuelan filmmakers 20
CONCEPCIÓN CASCAJOSA-VIRINO AND BÁRBARA BARRIOS BARRETO
3 Asymmetrical information warfare in the Venezuelan contested media spaces 32
4 Rebellious audiences: information platform migration and use of WhatsApp in a tyrannized society 46
CARMEN BEATRIZ FERNÁNDEZ
5 From riches to rags: the decline of Venezuelan telenovelas 61
6 Status of institutional advertising in Venezuela during 1999–2018 77
AGRIVALCA CANELÓN S.
7 The return of the Caudillos in the digital age – changing hegemony and Media Caesarism: continuities and changes in the news media landscape under the Chavismo 90
JAIRO LUGO-OCANDO AND ANDRÉS CAÑIZÁLEZ
8 Chávez’s eyes: an iconic presence in the Venezuelan political communication 106
9 Between resistance and reinvention: cultural diffusion in Venezuelan media 120
Ezequiel Korin is Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada — Reno
Paromita Pain is Assistant Professor at the University of Nevada — Reno