What's the Latest?
Yusuf Omar of eNews Channel Africa reports that there are over 1 million more televisions in South Africa than refrigerators, per a recent survey. If you click the link above you'll be able to access a video of Omar recounting a brief-but-enlightening history of television in the country. Notable facts:
What's the Big Idea?
From an analyst's perspective, the way Omar presents himself in the video speaks to a sort of meta understanding of the subject matter. Omar exudes hip and modern. He sports a bowtie and tux combo out of an 80s prom photo yet wears it casually. He addresses the audience in a way that reveals an understanding of the relationship between he and the viewer -- a sort of meta-journalism. You could say he evokes something of a hipster Edward R. Murrow.
And that's notable because Omar spends a good chunk of the video analyzing how changes in the ways South Africans access content signals a passing of the torch between television and the internet. A nation that wasn't allowed to watch the lunar landing now stands on the precipice of a giant media shift. Omar presents (and represents) the idea ably enough.
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