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Title:'Oop vir misinterpretasie': South African journalism's take-up and representation of the music of Fokofpolisiekar
Author:Kahn, RebeccaISNI
Periodical:Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies (ISSN 0256-0054)
Geographic term:South Africa
Afrikaans language
popular music
Abstract:The starting point of this article is an investigation into what kind of processes take place when the triggers for public debate enter the public sphere via the arts (rather than, say, via politics or current events). The research examines the print media's role as a vehicle for transmitting certain issues into the public sphere, and thus generating discussion. Understanding the process of how complex statements about important contemporary issues, which are formulated in cultural products like music, feed into public debate through the media (in this particular case, the debates that take place as a result of the representation and mediatization of the music of the Afrikaans punk rock band Fokofpolisiekar) is the stated aim of this research. A secondary result of the research is that the South African media are, ultimately, fragmented by language and demographic issues, and that these fragmentations manifest in different renderings of the media's role as an agenda-setter and gatekeeper. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]