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ERIC Number: ED203352
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
TV2--The Introduction of Television for Blacks in South Africa.
Jackson, Gordon
The proposed form, content, and funding of South Africa's second television channel (TV2) are examined in this paper. Noting that the service is designed for the country's black majority population, the paper points out that it is nonetheless controlled by the white-dominated South African Broadcasting Corporation. Following a brief outline of the history of television in South Africa, the paper discusses the unique problems underlying TV2, such as the possible role it can play as a propaganda vehicle for the existing political order of the nation and the difficulties of broadcasting to a multilingual audience. The paper then examines four possible effects TV2 might have on black society: (1) a complex, differential effect; (2) no effect; (3) the effect of accelerating existing trends in society and opening new ones; and (4) the effect of narcotizing and then mobilizing society. Of these four effects, the paper holds that the complex, differential effect is the most likely predictor of TV2's impact on black South Africans. (FL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Africa