The purpose of this essay is to draw attention to some perhaps unexpected affinities between a considerably expressive segment of the Brazilian culture industry that for several reasons seems to usually fly under most interpretive radars and a certain regressive frame of mind that is becoming increasingly manifest and now holds both considerable political power and a surprisingly firm grip over a portion of the population whose size is still unclear. The following remarks and associations gesture tentatively at what could be preliminarily defined as a constellation of cultural junk being outlined, its shape against the night sky sometimes resembling maybe a black shirt. The essay then explores the idea that, in the Brazilian context, a particularly bright star of such constellation is the SBT broadcast network, whose assumedly second-rate programming stands in contrast with what is known as the “Globo standard of quality” of its main rival network, which might in itself be revealing of relevant national contradictions.
Tinti, Tauan F
"The Brazilian System of Television, or How to Get a President."
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