Browsing All posts tagged under »satire«

Spin, myths and The Market

December 19, 2015


The economic crunch experienced in South Africa last week provided a clear insight into the workings of the system and the limits, within a parliamentary democracy, of “people’s power”.

Of spears, dicks and satire

July 13, 2012


The latest row over a "genital" cartoon of South Africa's President Jcob Zuma reveals an unwillingness to accept that respect has to be earned and that individuals, especially those in high office who behave in a manner contrary to the norms of society, lose respect and become legitimate targets for satire.

The Spear a Dick — and understanding satire

July 7, 2012


First we had the Spear, a painting by Brett Murray. Now we have the Dick, a cartoon by Jonathan — Zapiro — Shapiro. And this satire of a genital nature has, in both cases, caused the same polarised reaction: support or amused indifference on one side; expressions of outrage on the other.

Discussing The Spear and satire

June 3, 2012


Her is a contribution to a better understanding of the row over the satirical artwork, The Spear, that has dominated discourse in South Africa over recent weeks.

Spearing labour history

June 1, 2012


The charade surrounding the satrical The Spear painting swamped an importnt anniversary in South African labour history, the centenary of Alexandra twonship, site of perhaps the only "liberated zone" at the height of apartheid repression and example of trade union and community collaboration.

Giving meaning to the bawdy bard

November 30, 2010


Filthy Shakespeare by Pauline Kiernan (Quercus) Review: Terry Bell (First published 06/2008) Like countless students before and since, I struggled, at school, to come to terms with the language of Shakespeare. Not the plotting or the action; just the words. Outside of Julius Caesar. In much the same way I never understood why we should […]