Exploring the Use of Humour, Vulgarity and Allegory in Social Media Discourses: The Case of Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp

Africanus: Journal of Development Studies

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Title Exploring the Use of Humour, Vulgarity and Allegory in Social Media Discourses: The Case of Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp
 
Creator Vanyoro, Kudzaiishe Peter
Vanyoro, Kudakwashe Paul
 
Subject Social media
power
allegory
humour
vulgarity
Oscar Pistorius
intersectionality
postcolony
 
Description This article unpacks notions of humour, vulgarity, and allegory in social media discourses during the trial of Oscar Pistorius by analysing the dynamic interactions between South Africa’s judicial system and multiple discourses on Facebook and Twitter. It explores whether social media, in this instance, provided a platform for citizen-led conversations on the South African judiciary’s legal processes. It proposes that where the “legacy media” were constrained in facilitating case-related public discussions, social media created an alternative sphere for citizens to engage with the South African justice system throughout the trial. The article examines the popular views that were posted on Facebook and Twitter during the trial. Using a Foucauldian approach and Achille Mbembe’s interpretation of the postcolony, the article argues that the trial of Oscar Pistorius can be used as a lens to examine the humorous, vulgar and allegoric views of South Africans towards the judicial system in the post-apartheid era. This is more so in a context where intersectional contestations of class, race, and gender exist within popular socio-political discourses of “rich white men’s justice” versus “poor black men’s justice.”
 
Publisher Unisa Press
 
Date 2019-08-08
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed Article
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier https://upjournals.co.za/index.php/Africanus/article/view/5787
10.25159/2663-6522/5787
 
Source Africanus: Journal of Development Studies; Vol. 49 No. 1 (2019); 22 pages
2663-6522
0304-615X
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://upjournals.co.za/index.php/Africanus/article/view/5787/3946
 
Rights Copyright (c) 2019 Unisa Press
 

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