Communication Economy Paths
A Latin American Approach
During the last five years, there has been a revitalization of the study of political economy of communication and culture in the Latin American region. This process has been accompanied by the need to produce information, knowledge, and reflections, in addition to encouraging debate over the structure and movements of the dynamic sectors of information, communication and culture. This revitalization of political economy studies of communication deserves to be analyzed from its main tendencies and its most outstanding contributions, as well as its “erroneous zones.” This chapter presents such an analysis by focusing on Heriberto Muraro’s text, “Economía y comunicación: convergencia histórica e inventario de ideas. Con especial referencia a América latina” (Economy and communication: historical convergence and inventory of ideas. with special reference to Latin America) (in Muraro 1987), which proposed an agenda for the field of communication and culture economy in 1984.
Even though it may seem paradoxical to use a reference that is two decades old to analyze the current validity of the study of political economy of communication, Muraro’s text (like most of the author’s works) presented an original outlook on the convergence and the multiple conditioning factors between communication and the economy in Latin America and elsewhere, in the years following the debate on the New World ...