South African Media/Terminology and Thematic Entries
For the purposes of this encyclopaedia we generally use the term Media to tefer to radio and television, though a number of journalistic terms may occur. The terminology used in discussing Radio and TV of course as greatly influenced by regional and sociocultural context as are the theatre and film terms. So European and American Radio and TV terms do not always correspond, while literary scholars and Radio and TV practitioners employ radically different terms for the same thing, or may attach totally dissimilar meanings to the same term. South Africa has its own share of idiolectic variations and the terminology discussed in this section refers specifically to current or historic usage in South Africa. Naturally readers are warned that terms may change radically in meaning over time. However, please note that this encyclopaedia does not set out to define general Radio and TV terms. This is done excellently in a number of well–known companions, encyclopaedias and dictionaries and on the internet. Naturally there are certain terms that have specific relevance to or meaning in South Africa and they will be discussed as required (e.g. “sepie”, “LM” , “draadloos” (wireless), , etc. ), but there are also general terms which need to be clarified for readers of this companion, since we have used them in specific ways.
A number of other terms and expressions specifically relating to influential social and political practices peculiar to South Africa are included in Section 4 (The South African Context/Terminology and Thematic Entries), to help readers and researchers contextualize theatrical matters. Terms include such issues as Apartheid, the Group Areas Act, the Immorality Act, shebeen, the African National Congress, and Afrikaner, and the ten indigenous languages (Afrikaans, Sotho, Xhosa, etc).
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