Pavement Internet

Mobile Media Economies and Ecologies in South Africa

Authored by: Marion Walton

The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media

Print publication date:  April  2014
Online publication date:  May  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415809474
eBook ISBN: 9780203434833
Adobe ISBN: 9781135949181


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Informal political discourse plays a huge role in South Africa, owing to the powerful counterpublics which arose in response to repression under apartheid. Beyond South Africa, the term “pavement radio” (from the French radio trottoir) has been used to describe forms of colloquial political talk on the streets, bars, markets, bus stops, or taxi ranks and homes in African towns and cities, all places where popular unofficial discussion of current affairs takes place. 1 The recent growth of extremely successful tabloid newspapers in South Africa can be seen, to some extent, as an extension of such everyday discourse. 2 Tabloids source grassroots stories (often sensational) from poor and working class communities, while continuing oral traditions that amplify grassroots discourse and subvert the powerful with ridicule and resistance. 3

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