1Running head: HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT lond0003Media and Conflict in Latin America IAS-5373-491January 26, 2020Response Paper “Hidden in Plain Sight: Obstacles to Media Reform”
2HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT Response PaperLee Artz’s book, The Pink Tide: Media Access and Political Power in Latin America, gives a brilliant insight into the political influence that the media holds in Latin America. In this book, Artz accumulates articles from nine separate authors to analyze the media reform of five South American nations or the Pink Tide countries. ‘Pink Tide’ is the term used forthe left-leaning governments that have applied progressive legislative reform in recent periods. Explained by Artz (2018) in the first chapter, ‘pink’ the term first used by Larry Rohter of the New York Times, to indicate a softer tone and not the ‘red’ of communism, not socialism, but a subtle essence of progressive and radical politics that vary across the nations. The focus for thispaper will be the essay by Evan Light on Uruguay, “Hidden in Plain Sight: Obstacles to Media Reform” that describes the process of the first considerable step toward media reform, the latest example of media reform, and the legislation on digital television while considering the difficulties that are existent for the democratization of media reform in Uruguay.