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Title:Afro-optimism/Afro-pessimism and the South African media
Authors:Wasserman, HermanISNI
De Beer, Arnold S.ISNI
Year:2009
Periodical:Critical Arts: A Journal of Media Studies
Volume:23
Issue:3
Pages:377-395
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:mass media
broadcasting
freedom of the press
Link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/02560040903251175
Abstract:After its first democratic elections in 1994, South Africa was often seen as an example of a peaceful democratic transition on the African continent, in which democratic institutions like the media were firmly established and safeguarded by a new constitution. Over the course of the first decade and a half, this optimistic view of South Africa has made way for a counterdiscourse of Afro-pessimism, in which clashes around the role of the media - in particular the public broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, SABC - were interpreted as signs that some of the democratic gains in South Africa were being reversed. The often fractious relationship between government and the media in postapartheid South Africa was then also taken as a reflection on the viability of democratic media on the continent. This article shows how the media - in particular the public broadcaster - became a site for the contestation between Afro-optimistic and Afro-pessimistic discourses. Bibliogr., note, sum. [Journal abstract]
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