The rise of propaganda and partisanship in the South African media landscape
The South African news media landscape is fracturing. It's no longer controlled by a bunch of (white) liberal journalists or finger-wagging Apartheid acolytes. Instead, we have different media houses catering to different agendas. With Naspers, Primedia, Independent Media/Sekunjalo, the Gupta media empire and Hlaudi Motsoeneng's SABC, we now get to choose whose narrative we listen to, and those in power get to use the media to push their agenda. What are the implications for our country? Are we heading towards a future where there is no objective narrative for all South Africans to depart from in our social discourse? Will we end up with a media landscape like in the USA with Fox, Breitbart, MSNBC, CNN, etc. all catering to different ideologies? Let's discuss.