The difficult transition to modernity: the press in Colombia


  • María Carolina Cubillos Vergara University of Antioquia


press, modernity, historical evolution, consumption


This article shows a retrospective view, which attempts to recognize in the past, the evidences that show the press as a product of modernity, resulted from ideological and material changes experienced in the Colombian society between the late eighteenth and mid-twentieth century. For this reason, its theoretical basis is founded on the ideas of Roger Chartier, who, from the field of cultural history, defines text as a result of a process which combines writing and material forms at its birth and diffusion, in a specific period. This suggest validating the idea of written text as a cultural and social reference, resulted of a collective process similar to the a mechanism that materialize it, and which simultaneously combine variations in spelling, layouts, forms of ownership (uses and decodes of the readers/listeners) to the legal, religious, aesthetic and commercial devices that redefine its content in order to adapt to the ideological and mental trends present in a particular era.

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Author Biography

María Carolina Cubillos Vergara, University of Antioquia

Historian from the University of Antioquia. Student of the Master's Degree in Humanistic Studies at the EAFIT University. Winner of the award for the best student research in Social Sciences, Universidad de Antioquia, 2006. She is a member of the Communication, Journalism and Society Research Group of the Faculty of Communications,University of Antioquia. 



How to Cite

Cubillos Vergara, M. C. (2012). The difficult transition to modernity: the press in Colombia . Folios, Revista De La Facultad De Comunicaciones Y Filología, (27), 47–65. Retrieved from




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