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Consent of the DamnedOrdinary Argentinians in the Dirty War$
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David M. K. Sheinin

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780813042398

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813042398.001.0001

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Dictatorship, Media, and Message

Dictatorship, Media, and Message

(p.8) 1. Dictatorship, Media, and Message
Consent of the Damned

David M. K. Sheinin

University Press of Florida

Middle-class, urban Argentines bought into a dictatorship-era fantasy of normalcy, modernization, and an Argentina on track to “overcome” its chaotic past. That fantasy—as read in part by Argentines through the rise of two sports figures, Carlos Reutemann and Guillermo Vilas—exposes the falsity of a binary that posits only two dictatorship-era identities, either pro- or anti-dictatorship. There were grey zones where Argentines, appalled at state-sponsored terror, might at the same time dream about the sort of modernized Argentina promised by military rule. While many Argentines wish for and remember a dictatorship era in which every Argentine struggled against human rights violations, and in which the military government found itself isolated in an international community of outraged nation states, the reality is foggy and complicated. Many fought abuses. But many more reacted to news of disappearances with the well-known dictum “por algo sera” (“there must have been a good reason”).

Keywords:   Human Rights, Argentina, Dictatorship, Military Rule, Sports, Carlos Reutemann, Guillermo Vilas

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