Talitha Espiritu

Talitha Espiritu teaches in the Film and New Media Studies program at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. Her work on the Marcos regime has appeared in edited anthologies and in Journal of Narrative Theory and Social Identities.

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Passionate Revolutions · The Media and the Rise and Fall of the Marcos Regime
By Talitha Espiritu

In the last three decades, the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos has commanded the close scrutiny of scholars. These studies have focused on the political repression, human rights abuses, debt-driven growth model, and crony capitalism that defined Marcos’ so-called Democratic Revolution in the Philippines. But the relationship between the media and the regime’s public culture remains underexplored.

“Espiritu makes a major contribution to media studies by combining sensitivity to political-economic forces and political machinations with a suggestive investigation of a layer not often discussed in media studies: the national imaginary.”

Clay Steinman, coauthor, Consuming Environments: Television and Commercial Culture