When I did my research on Chilean media and political culture I saw how in times of political instability, televised representations of politics (even fictive ones) could be used to rearrange politics in the social world. Steve Bannon’s recent identification of the media as an “opposition party” is a scaled up articulation of the same idea.
This is the text of the presentation I gave to open the defense of my dissertation on September 23, 2016. Coincidentally, this date was also the 43rd anniversary of the death of Pablo Neruda.
My dissertation is about a critical moment in Chilean political history, focusing on the emergence of a new relationship between political struggle as a social process and the enactment of politics through a media artifact.