Rockwell, Rick and Noreen Janus. Media Power in Central America

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Author: Emile McAnany
Date: Dec. 2008
From: Communication Research Trends(Vol. 27, Issue 4)
Publisher: Centre for the Study of Communication and Culture
Document Type: Book review
Length: 1,068 words
Lexile Measure: 1320L

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Rockwell, Rick and Noreen Janus. Media Power in Central America. Urbana/Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 2003. Pp. 276. ISBN 0-252-02802-3. (hbk.) $34.95.

In the scheme of things during the past decade, Latin America has tended to be overlooked by the English, and especially American, political speaking world. Central America is even further down the hierarchy. The six countries that make up the land bridge between the North and South American continents are forgotten in the communication literature as well. That is one of the reasons that this history of media in these countries is so welcome in English, and the background of the two authors makes us confident that the study is grounded in long experience with both the media and the cultures. The authors lay out their thesis early in the book: "One of our central tenets will be that in the Central American context, lacking strong historical roots in democracy, media systems tend to support and reflect a country's oligarchic tendencies. Furthermore, the owners of the media systems tend to protect their market interests in a nation, which usually means providing support for an institutionalized hierarchy or oligarchy rather than opening the market to nation building, democratic forces, or the true marketplace of ideas" (p. 4). Although the field research of the book is a decade old, much in the book still remains relevant historically and politically. As the tenet above suggests, the more things change, the more they remain the same. But the book also documents slow progress for democracy and media in spots and is buoyed by a firm hope for the outcome...

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