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Communication and information ARE power and politics. There is no neutral or unbiased communication : • When we communicate something, our interpretation of the facts, the words we choose, the focus we decide to give to a determined situation, always bring in itself – consciously or not – our political and ideological position, our conception of the world and interpretation of reality. • In a society divided in social classes, communication and information are dominated by the owners of the means of production of communication and information – meaning the media. Therefore, the media represents the interests of its owners, which are, in the case of Brazil, the political and economic elites. • A few years ago we could say that the media was a branch of the Brazilian elite, but today, with the growth of financial capital in the hands of the media, we can say they are an organic part of the elite itself.

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Communication in Brazil
Updated: Tuesday, June 1, 2010