I’ve done my best to keep this paper as balanced as possible, trying to show how the current political culture in Venezuela has defined how the nation interacts with American corporations in certain cases. I do not intend to pass any judgment on Hugo Chavez. This was part of a group project in which we each wrote our own papers on the issue of Ethics and Global Marketing in a country of our choice, all addressing the topics of the Western diet, cigarette smoking, and safe sex.
Please feel free to leave feedback on the paper in comments to this post. I’m not presenting this as any sort of masterwork – it was for an undergraduate class and is largely based on my own unsourced experience in Venezuela and as the political and cultural situation has been related to me by my family. I am, however, really interested in doing more research on Venezuela, as it’s a great laboratory for media studies.
Other sources on Venezuela:
- It’s always interesting to watch Wikipedia swing back and forth as pro- and anti- Chavez folks revise the entries on Venezuela and Hugo Chavez.
- Flickr’s Venezuela Tag
- Venezuela News on Topix.net
In general, I find the Venezuelan blogosphere to be pretty stridently anti-Chavez. I wonder what things would look like if someone taught a handful of articulate Chavistas how to use blogs to get their message out? Of course, my reading is completely limited to those publishing in English, which should throw my numbers WAY off. Anyway, I’m not linking to any Venezuelan blogs for this reason: the ones in English tend to tell only one side of the story. If there are any Chavista bloggers out there writing in English, feel free to send me your URL.