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June 10, 2015

Zapiro Back In The Middle Of A Cartoon-Related Controversy

There seem to be only two stories about South African cartoonist Zapiro: those with a lawsuit in them and those that you have to double-check to make sure there isn't a lawsuit somewhere in them. This latest seems to be the latter, about a criticized comment or two in a cartoon that has a number of broad shots against Jacob Zuma.

The two things that are different this time, at least to my eye, are 1) that this time social media will support the act of criticism in terms of providing it some punch and extending its life, and 2) this is the first time I've seen a direction-of-culture argument used specifically against him, that his work is foundationally underinformed and biased.

It should be to see how he negotiates both, or fails to.
posted 11:55 pm PST | Permalink

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