In her article, "The Socio-Cultural Function of Media in Nineteenth-Century Latin America," Annette Paatz explores the function of the review genre in the context of Latin American nation building. Paatz focuses, on the one hand, on the genre's nationalist purposes and, on the other, on the appropriateness for intercultural communication. Drawing on the concept of mediated communication as social practice in the context of media cultural studies, Paatz analyses the reviews as representations of nineteenth-century Latin America's negotiations of transatlantic and thus intercultural relationships. She highlights the pragmatic ways in which Latin America utilized European media products in order to increase the flow of information and to sustain a Latin American pan-subcontinental communication. This fact suggests that the often noted importance of Paris as the cultural center of the Western world throughout the nineteenth century can be described in terms of the medial support it offered to Latin American nations in their claim for and building of cultural identity. By considering the conditions of production as well as reception, Paatz pays attention to cultural biases inherent in media communication between Europe and Latin America.

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