- Alternative media in South Africa
South Africa has a long history of
alternative media. During the eighties there was a host of community and grassroots newspapers that supplied content that ran counter to the prevailing attitudes of the times. In addition, a thriving small pressand underground presscarried voices that would not have been heard in the mainstream, corporate media. Pirate radioprojects operated by Casetwere the forerunners of the country's community radio and small pamphlets and samizdatwere included in the mix.
advocacy journalismof early activist titles were in stark contrast to the complacency of the country's large media houses.While many of the counterculturetitles associated with the apartheidstruggle no longer exist, there has been a resurgence of alternative media and the small pressafter a period of decline, notable for the fact that large corporates absorbed many of the so-called "struggle" journalists and mopped-up small publishing houses. These media projects involve multi-mediaas well as electronic journalism. Only time can tell whether or not, today's alternative mediawill regain some of the glory of the past.
Varsity (Cape Town)(1942-)
Television & Video
* Digital Imaging South Africa where an archive is kept of some of these titles http://www.disa.ukzn.ac.za/DisaEad.htm
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