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Sex, Media & Politics in South Africa

Posted 07 April 2011 | By | Categories: media & technology | 1 Comment

The incestuous nature of South African media is no secret. Media ownership is concentrated in the hands of a few corporations. Four companies (Avusa Publishing, Naspers (Media24), Independent , and Caxton) own the bulk of print media and the SABC controls 41.6% of radio audiences and 69.3% and television audience. But how deep does it […]

Burning Down the Status Quo by Henri-Michel Yéré

Posted 23 March 2011 | By | Categories: media & technology | No Comments

Writer’s brief The Satirical Press “Seen, on the one hand, as public entertainers whose words are without great consequence, and, on the other, as an alternative to the traditional media with its highbrow content, the African satirical press today plays an important role in removing the sacred aura surrounding power in Africa. But the question […]

News From Cofimvaba by Heather Cousins

Posted 22 March 2011 | By | Categories: media & technology | No Comments

Writer’s Brief Independent community newspapers Up until 1994, South Africa had a thriving alternative press comprising community broadsheets, bilingual weeklies and even student “zines” and xeroxed samizdats. After the elections, funding and support for such ventures dried up. In recent years the lack of transformation in the mainstream press and its lack of credibility amongst […]

Dispatches from Beirut by Mazen Kerbaj

Posted 09 March 2011 | By | Categories: media & technology | No Comments

Brief Blog diary from Lebanon “25 may / lebanon celebrates the reconciliation bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang bang – “how many dead and injured?” Illustrator Mazen Kerbaj provides a blog comic journal of the May 2008 conflict in Lebanon. Reading List Mazen Kerbaj Website <http://www.kerbaj.com> Conflict in Lebanon Wikipedia <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_conflict_in_Lebanon> Martínez, B […]

Catch u in da MXit by Holden Caulfield

Posted 07 March 2011 | By | Categories: media & technology | No Comments

Writer’s Brief While the rest of the world remains tethered to workstations, lugging their laptop from power-point to PowerPoint, in search of the latest “solution” to bridge the “digital divide”, Africa has already crossed over. It’s gone mobile. Bypassing the computer for what analysts in the West are only now engaging as the next digital […]

Starry Night by Mazen Kerbaj

Posted 15 February 2011 | By | Categories: media & technology | No Comments

‘Dispatches From Beirut’ printed in the Media & Technology section of The Chronic presents comic artist and musician Mazen Kerbaj‘s visual diary of a week in Lebanon’s embattled capital. Equally recognized for his music, as he is for his art, comics & painting, Kerbaj is an improviser, frequently combining free jazz, Middle Eastern sounds and […]

Hate crimes: South Africa’s prejudice gaze

Posted 08 February 2011 | By | Categories: media & technology | No Comments

Prior to the xenophobic attacks of May 2008, there was a spate of lesbian killings in South Africa. While the xenophobic attacks made headline news in the South African media, the brutal attacks on lesbians were relegated to the back pages. We explore this disparity in the media’s treatment to reveal: a) the disconnect between […]

Broadcasting Cool

Posted 08 February 2011 | By | Categories: media & technology | No Comments

A young girl moves from the UK to Nigeria. She thinks that so many cool things are happening in Abuja, the uncoolest capital city in Africa to her and her friends. So she decides to share all the cool things happening around and also thinks that it will be cool to have her friends on […]

The Life and Death of Media by Bruce Sterling

Posted 24 January 2011 | By | Categories: media & technology | No Comments

Reading List The Dead Media Project, “official” homepage <http://www.deadmedia.org> Sterling, B, “The Dead Media Project: A Modest Proposal and a Public Appeal”, Dead Media <http://www.deadmedia.org/modest-proposal.html> Sterling, B 1995, “The Life and Death of Media” Speech, Sixth International Symposium on Electronic Art, Montreal, Sept 19 <http://student.vfs.com/~deadmedia/speech.htm> <http://www.isea-webarchive.org/content.jsp?id=8385> “New Genre: Dead Media”, Nettime post containing list by […]

What is the future of WikiLeaks? by Achal Prabhala

Posted 24 January 2011 | By | Categories: media & technology | No Comments

Reading List Achal Prabhala, Wikipedia <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achal_Prabhala> Prabhala, A 2011 “One among the clan of Wikipedians”, The Hindu. January 27, 2011. <http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-features/tp-neighbourhood/article1128553.ece> The Centre for Internet & Society Members <http://www.cis-india.org/about/people/members> “Advisory Board: Achal Prabhala”, Wikimedia Foundation <http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Advisory_Board#Achal_Prabhala> Wikimedia Foundation secret donor list,  March 10, 2011, MyWikiBiz <http://www.mywikibiz.com/Directory:Wikimedia_Foundation_secret_donor_list> Cohen, N 2011, “When Knowledge Isn’t Written, Does It […]

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