Referees' reports - 2010
The article makes a very interesting contribution to the history of social communications during the Franco regime and, in particular, to studies on the Spanish cinema of that time. Its theoretical approach combines two widely developed perspectives: the function of cinema as a medium that helps shaping the ideological and socio-cultural traits that are characteristic of a historical context; and the analysis of films as cultural products that reflect the specific characteristics of the society in which they were produced.
The article is a good report that leads us, with details and dedication, through the French legislative tangle to protect the internal and external pluralisms in the media. The initial hypothesis, the methodology, the bibliography, and the research instruments (documentation, legislation and interviews) are suitable for the object to study. The findings respond to the objectives.
The article lacks a succinct description of the state of pluralism in the real map of printed and audiovisual media which could have added importance to the regulatory subject on the French reality. It is surprising that the CSA –the guardian of pluralism- is concerned about the existence of national champions –an issue that affects pluralism- and that the legislative complexity hampers the work of the CSA, which would be resolved with more monitoring human resources. The article does not make clear what is the author’s thesis on whether the CSA meets or not its duties with professionalism even when doing so with tolerance.
A question to consider for the final diagnosis on the failures of the CSA, is whether in France -in a context of certain pluralism and despite the report Bloche- the elites have already other concerns? – Ramón Zallo, Ph.D. - Professor of Audiovisual Communication and Advertising at the University of the Basque Country.
Reports on the article:
The article clearly and rigorously addresses a really complex and certainly relevant subject. In other words, it is very well structured and its methodology is appropriate.
The work presented is certainly useful for teachers and students of Communication structure and policies.
It is presented in a way that could serve as a model for the study of other cases within the European environment. It is important to recognize the author’s ability to address this subject from a distance, to take into account abundant political and legal documents, and the effort to travel to France to conduct the very relevant in-depth interviews.
The article would be better if it offered more data on the media offer in France and the transformations provoked by the process of digitalization. Yet the contribution of the article is of undoubted value and thus I recommend its publication.– María Isabel Fernández-Alonso, Ph.D. - Autonomous University of Barcelona, UAB.