Herman Wasserman

Herman Wasserman is professor of media studies and director of the Center for Film and Media Studies at the University of Cape Town.

To Come Back from Qunu

I do not have a background in the struggle. Unlike the many people who over…


Criminal Media

The South African Afrikaans-language newspaper Beeld has historically been regarded as the more liberal cousin of its more conservative Cape Town-based sister paper Die Burger and Volksblad operating out of Bloemfontein. It has in recent years however also received criticism for what can be seen as an obsession with crime reporting (and readers of South African media will know that this means reporting about crime in the white suburbs, or on farms). The cliché goes that a picture says a thousand words, and last week one such picture summed up this editorial position neatly.