South Africa: The Blind Spots of Ideology and Journalism Today


My view is inscribed in my gaze; I can't escape myself in the gaze.

The gaze is always already inscribed into the perceived object itself, in the guise of its blind spot, that which is "in the object more than the object itself", the point from which the object itself returns the gaze, as political philosopher Slavoj Zizek theorised. "Sure, the picture is in my eye, but me, I am also in the picture." This is so relevant today as we discuss media credibility and the future of journalism.

Enter ideology and riven politics: the media in South Africa is not one homogenous whole but is split and fractured, and so it should be. It should be multiple, but more and more mainstream media is resembling the politics of the day: in two binary oppositions with no nuance, a typical characteristic of social media too.

If you are confused about what is real, what is true, fact, propaganda or fiction, you are not alone; join the rest of the world. I come back to this point about my place, my gaze. Ideological dogma provides safe havens from truth, nuance and complexity. And so there is groupthink - you are either...

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