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From Latin America: Diversity, Globalization and Convergence

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Jesús MartínBarbero

Research Associate Centro de Estudios Sociales, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
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Abstract

This paper will consider new ways in which digital technologies emerge as possible narratives of citizen empowerment, and explores the notion of convergence as digital connectivity and cultural interaction. Before appearing in the field of technology, the idea of convergence was known in the cultural sphere through the idea of interculturality, which refers to the impossibility of cultural diversity understood from above. Interculturality is desired or regulated on the fringes of processes of communication between different cultures and interactions between local organizations, national institutions, global information flows and decision‐making processes. If communication proves to be asymmetric, it implies not only new forms of political and cultural hegemony, but also new forms of political and cultural résistance and reinvention.

How to Cite: MartínBarbero, J., (2011). From Latin America: Diversity, Globalization and Convergence. Westminster Papers in Communication and Culture. 8(1), pp.40–64. DOI: http://doi.org/10.16997/wpcc.160
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Published on 01 May 2011.
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