This is a class blog run by Dr. Carolina Acosta-Alzuru and her students in the course "Telenovelas, Culture and Society" at the University of Georgia during Spring 2011

Friday, March 25, 2011

Barack Obama's Initiative via Telenovelas

The CNN clip that Dr. A showed us in class regarding Barack Obama's efforts to inform the Latino community about the importance of the 2010 U.S. Census really stood out to me. I don't care a great deal about politics and I am definitely one of those people known to dodge casual political debates and conversations, yet i support Obama's decision to reach out to Telemundo. Placing subliminal messages in the telenovela culture that the majority of Latinos share, regardless of their origin, is a witty way of successfully getting a point across to a group of people who may feel isolated from the U.S. government. There may be some Latino families that aren't interested in reading a newspaper or watching their local news at night, but do enjoy watching their favorite telenovela faithfully.

Hopefully, Obama's initiative to incorporate a universal American issue with a Latin-American pastime helped people realize the importance of being unified as a nation, regardless of one's ethnicity or nationality. I commend Obama for reaching out to the Latino community and reminding them that they have not been forgotten.

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