The countries I covered include Colombia, Peru, and Cuba. Through the process of writing these blogs I have learned a lot about these country’s products, media, culture, and music. As I learned more about them, I have come to realize that though they may be close geographically, their culture and tastes vary greatly. With this post I will attempt to relate my posts with what we covered in class. I will also include information about the coverage they get in our media, their media products, my favorite of those and what I see for their media’s future.
Latin America and The Topics of This Class
One way that these countries relate to the topics we have discussed in our class is they all fall under the five theories of press, and they all can be labeled under the world systems theory. Colombia and Peru would both be under periphery, and when it comes to the five theories they attempt to be a western country, but the threats that local media gets from gangs and other illegal groups make it difficult for free exchange of information. When it comes to Cuba, they would be under the periphery and the Communism theory. Thanks to this I have learned how to best describe these countries when it comes to their media.
Latin America In The U.S. Media
Latin America does show up in the United States media relatively frequently, but it only does so when what is happening has a possible effect in the U.S. An example of this is when it comes to illegal immigration. Though they may be our neighbors, U.S. tends to misinterpret or over simplify Latin region’s politics. Some good examples of this can be found here.
My Favorite Media Product
One of my favorite media products that I have found during this class is probably Corrido music. Listening to the music and reading the translated lyrics shows interesting stories that are intriguing to listen to and experience.
Latin America’s media Future
Where do I see Latin America’s media in the future? I believe that a lot of Latin America is still growing and as they develop they will become even more similar to us when it comes to media. A notable exception to this is Cuba who is seeing some western changes. Though Cuba may be slow in their case the people of the communist nation are pushing for more freedom. In the end only time will tell.