oa Global Media Journal - African Edition - The political rhetoric of violence and power : the making of modern memory in Africa : foreword
In the current mediatised societies, it is almost impossible to find any culture not gripped by an obsession with violence. From hate crimes to violent video games, from action films to the death penalty, it seems all aspects of our daily lives have violence as a common theme. Even when people try to forget the societal traumas in our national memory, they cannot escape the sense of panic associated with the senseless and devastating pain of violence. The theme of the current issue of the Global Media Journal, African Edition, is covering elections in Africa. The purpose is to examine the relationship between media, culture and power, and how it is reflected in the coverage of elections, as well as discuss the link between violent rhetoric and physical violence in the African context.
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