[Kevin Bloom] On Friday 25 June 2010, the New York Times published a photo essay by award-winning Canadian photographer Finbarr O'Reilly on white poverty in South Africa. Neither O'Reilly nor America's paper of record seemed to appreciate the intractable paradoxes involved.
[Kevin Bloom] Craig Tanner's documentary Farenheit 2010 interrogates the needless expenditure behind South Africa's brand-new stadiums, and argues that the 2010 FIFA World Cup could have (and should have) been staged in the venues that were in existence when we won the bid. Do our own broadcasters care? Not really.
[Kevin Bloom] When John Perlman was presenter of the AM Live show on SAfm, it was one of the most hard-hitting and influential radio programmes in the country. His famous run-in with the broadcaster's politburo left him weary of political games, so he founded an NGO. Now the one-time cynic is a full-time believer.
[Kevin Bloom] In the advertising cycle of six to eight boom years followed by three years of bust, when do we know that the good times are officially back? When Sir Martin Sorrell says so, and when Google and the New York Times Co prove it in their results.
[Kevin Bloom] Yusuf Abramjee, head of news and current affairs at Primedia and chairman of the National Press Club, has been the media's point man in terms of the reaction to the events of the past few weeks. He has revealed to The Daily Maverick what's been going on behind the scenes, and what it would take for a news boycott of Julius Malema to be put into practice.
[Kevin Bloom] On its own terms, the online campaign yesterday, Wednesday, 24 March 2010, protesting the ANC Youth League's disregard for media freedom has been an unqualified triumph. The day has also been an important one for South African social media. Wouldn't it be great, though, if there could also be a real-world victory?