This is a class blog run by Dr. Carolina Acosta-Alzuru and her students in the First Year Odyssey Seminar "More than Melodramas: Telenovelas"

Telenovelas-FYOS-2014

Telenovelas-FYOS-2014

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Censorship


I was very surprised to learn about the heavy censorship of telenovelas that occurred in Venezuela, especially when I learned that government censorship became such a strong driving force of fear for telenovela producers that self-censorship became stronger than government censorship. The fact that there was an important Venezuelan writer, Leonardo Padrón, in the telenovela industry who continued to write nuanced work that somehow managed to get past all of the censorship so that he could continue to convey important social messages to the audience is very brave and inspiring. I think that the social medium available to those who write and produce telenovelas is a very important one and that Leonardo Padrón chose to continue using in, despite the fact that it could be potentially dangerous considering the political climate, is honorable and gives me a greater appreciation for telenovela writers.  

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