Latin America, Media, And Revolution: Communication in Modern Mesoamerica

Hardcover | April 15, 2008

byJuanita Darling

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This project compares rebel media use in three Mesoamerican rebellions: the Nicaraguan Revolution, the Salvadoran civil war and the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas, Mexico. The three conflicts were waged under similar conditions over a twenty-year period, but with notably different types of media from which the rebels could choose as the primary focus of their communication strategy. In the three cases, the insurgents utilized a variety of media, but one of those became the official or dominant medium. The project explains how each rebel group used its respective primary communication medium and the possibilities and limitations that the choice offered as well as the demands it made. Directly comparing media use in all three rebellions provides a richer understanding of the role of media in social change, particularly violent change.

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This project compares rebel media use in three Mesoamerican rebellions: the Nicaraguan Revolution, the Salvadoran civil war and the Zapatista uprising in Chiapas, Mexico. The three conflicts were waged under similar conditions over a twenty-year period, but with notably different types of media from which the rebels could choose as the...

Juanita Darling is Assistant Professor of International Relations at San Francisco State University.  Her two decades as a journalist included covering Latin America for the Los Angeles Times--five years as San Salvador bureau chief and five years as a Mexico City correspondent--before earning a Ph.D. in Mass Communication from the Un...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:236 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.56 inPublished:April 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230604439

ISBN - 13:9780230604438

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Media and Revolution * A Mesoamerica Media Backgrounder * Newspapers and Citizenship in Revolutionary Nicaragua * The Antenna in the Arsenal * Zapatismo in Mexico and Cyberspace * Refuting the Revolution * Why Media Matter in Revolution