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Héctor Fernández L'Hoeste and Juan Carlos Rodríguez

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781683401476

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9781683401476.001.0001

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The Politics of Participation

The Politics of Participation

La Bloga, Latina/o Cultural Politics, and the Limits of Digital Participatory Culture

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Digital Humanities in Latin America

Jennifer Lozano

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines the history, production, and content of the Latina/o identified literary culture blog, La Bloga, which, the author argues, deviates from predominant understandings of digital media use, participatory culture, and its democratic political value. Through close textual analysis of blog content and history, as well as blogger interviews, the study finds not only that La Bloga’s use of digital media differs from participatory culture paradigms, but that these differences are facilitated through the vehicle of literary culture and register a legacy of Chicano/a cultural politics. Specifically, the essay unpacks how scholars have delineated a relationship between participatory media and participatory politics that privileges liberal philosophy and the concept of the ideal public sphere to the exclusion of other contextual histories such as the social movements of the 1960s. The analysis of La Bloga offers a broader understanding of digital participatory media, cultural politics, and Latina/o online practice.

Keywords:   Chicano/a, cultural politics, digital media, Latina/o, La Bloga, participatory culture

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