The role of the media in a democracy: unravelling the politics between the media, the state and the ANC in South Africa. Research question: What is the intersection between the floating signifier, 'Democracy' and an independent press?

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dc.contributor.author Daniels, Glenda
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-21T10:04:12Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-21T10:04:12Z
dc.date.issued 2011-06-21
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10539/10142
dc.description PhD, Faculty of Humanities, University of the Witwatersrand,2011 en_US
dc.description.abstract This is a theoretical conceptual post-modern1 study which aims to elucidate the ANC’s democratic project through the prism of its relationship to the media. In turn, it aims to scrutinize events that have already occurred post-liberation in order to explore whether the free space of the media is steadily being impinged upon, and eroded and explore further, what ‘turns’ journalists made when under pressure from political forces. Whilst recognising that interlocking imperatives inform freedom and independence of the press, this study’s main focus is a political one. However, the issue of ownership is intrinsic to research on media ‘freedom’, particularly the concentration of ownership of the media and so, how commercial imperatives impact2 will be examined. Several theorists have been referred to in order to begin putting together a conceptual theoretical framework with which to clarify and account for the emergent pattern of discourse by the ANC on the media. The conceptual framework adumbrated here and employed in the analysis of the relationship of the ANC with the media draws heavily from Zizek, Mouffe and Butler, in particular. The concept of ‘resignifications’ comes from Butler, those of ‘Master signifier’ and ‘social fantasy’ from Zizek, and the conception of radical democracy from Mouffe. Use is made of these theoretical tools in order to account for the compulsion that characterizes certain discursive interventions on the media, which are always in some respect ‘inappropriate’ or in ‘excess’ of expectations. 1 Post-modern thinking has been influenced by Jacques Derrida, Michael Foucault, Jurgen Habermas, Soren Kierkegaard, Jean-Francois Lyotard and is characterised by fluidity, undecidability, openness, irony, parody as well a recognition of the world as a field of infinite interplay (McGrath, A: 1993: p456-60) 2 John Keane (1991) in The Media and Democracy is particularly useful in questioning how the concept of freedom of the press originated, but also how deregulation and commercial imperatives impact on the notions of democracy and freedom. Anton Harber wrote in a newspaper piece, Two fat ladies make a meal of it (2003: Business Day) that concentration of ownership - following the global trend – presents a danger to democracy, ‘leading to a homogenized and tepid media’. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject media en_US
dc.subject state en_US
dc.subject democracy en_US
dc.subject ANC en_US
dc.subject African National Congress en_US
dc.subject independent press en_US
dc.title The role of the media in a democracy: unravelling the politics between the media, the state and the ANC in South Africa. Research question: What is the intersection between the floating signifier, 'Democracy' and an independent press? en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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