Dados vol. 53 n. 3 Rio de Janeiro 2010

Visibility in the media and political field in Brazil

Miguel, Luis Felipe - Biroli, Flávia


This article presents the results of a comprehensive study on representations of politics in the Brazilian mass media. The data show that the various news media take a common view towards politics, expressed as homogeneous news concentrated on political players with a specific profile: white males, either elected officials or political nominees. The media give visibility to the players belonging to the political field (in the narrow sense of the latter term) and to those who already have the resources to make themselves seen and heard. The media thus confirm the hierarchies and limits of politics, reproducing and perpetuating narrow interpretations of democracy.

Keywords: media, journalism, democracy, representation, visibility

DOI: 10.1590/S0011-52582010000300006

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Visibility in the media and political field in Brazil