The enlightened dictatorship: genealogy of an audiovisual propaganda culture in Chile [73/78]
thesisposted on 2022-03-28, 13:36 authored by Pablo Alberto Leighton
This work explores a feature of cultural power developed during the Chilean dictatorship (1973-90), particularly the ways by which audiovisual mass media helped in the rise and stability of that government, and articulated its foundational discourses. -- The study contemplates the building of hegemony in Chile; in other words, the creation of politico-social consent by cultural forms of power. The thesis investigates the manifestation of popular support to the Chilean dictatorship and its dominance using non-repressive means, at a singular moment (1973-78), universally associated with violent coercion. The thesis proposes that in order to observe and understand that power equation -the will to govern by force without completely discarding consent- one of its cultural forms must be exposed. An audiovisual culture illustrates and assists that equation in the most evocative manner during the most repressive stage of the dictatorship. -- The tension between coercion and consent in Chile, a crossroad of fields of action and discourses, demands more than one discipline of study. This research does not prioritise academic disciplines because of their scientific or methodological features, but opts for one juncture of knowledge: a cultural history. This approach privileges form over content, and culture above political-economic determinations. The study, a particular cultural history, focuses on a case study also with its own tension: a communication medium that has the exceptional capacity of both reproducing and building events. -- The thesis identifies a historical phase when the method of coercion was primarily supplemented by propaganda practices. Specifically, the study concludes that the dictatorship from its inaugural night favoured one cultural modality to communicate and create consent: television. Secondly, the propaganda practice that hid or distorted the use of violence as political control was more effective when it coincided with an audiovisual culture. Thirdly, during this stage the dictatorship encountered the most evocative expression for a systemic re-foundation in the audiovisual medium: it personalised political power in the figure of Augusto Pinochet; legitimised the violent takeover through a visual historiography of the prior government; and supported through televised events a constitutional re-foundation and a neoliberal revolution. Finally, the thesis argues that the preference for television allowed its industrial and discursive growth and relative autonomy. The use of audiovisual culture in the period covered by the thesis marked the path towards a fully cultural phase of the medium in Chile and of the dictatorship in the future, when the image of despotism gradually disappeared to consummate a hegemony.
Alternative TitleGenealogy of an audiovisual propaganda culture in Chile [73/78] | Genealogy of an audiovisual propaganda culture in Chile [1973/78]
Table of ContentsPrologue: Message Zero -- chapter 1: Armed television -- First sequence: Message one -- Second sequence: National chain -- Third sequence: Continuity television -- chapter 2: Montage -- Fourth sequence: Grey propaganda -- Fifth sequence: Black propaganda -- chapter 3: Scripts -- Sixth sequence: Culture of a personality -- Seventh sequence: The new illustrated history -- Eighth sequence: Audiovisual refoundation -- chapter 4: Archives of culture -- Ninth sequence: National collection -- Tenth sequence: Stellar collection -- Epilogue.
NotesBibliography: pages 313-379
Awarding InstitutionMacquarie University
Degree TypeThesis PhD
DegreePhD, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies
Department, Centre or SchoolDepartment of Media, Music, Communication and Cultural Studies
Year of Award2012
Principal SupervisorNicole Matthews
RightsCopyright disclaimer: http://www.copyright.mq.edu.au Copyright Pablo Alberto Leighton 2012.
Extentliii, 385 pages
Former Identifiersmq:28096 http://hdl.handle.net/1959.14/266851 2066633
Pinochet Ugarte, AugustoChile -- Politics and government -- 1973-1988propagandacultureTelevision broadcasting policy -- Chile -- HistoryaudiovisualhegemonyChileMass media and propagandaTelevision broadcasting -- Chile -- HistoryfilmTelevision broadcasting policydictatorshiphistoryMass media and propaganda -- Chile -- HistorytelevisionTelevision broadcasting