Diasporic New Media and Conversations on Conflict: A Case of Zimbabwe Genocide Debates
The postcolonial dispensation, a period envisaged to be one of harmony, democracy and development has seen the country continue being bedevilled by conflicts of various proportions with millions of Zimbabweans fleeing into the diaspora. This wave of migration gave birth to citizen journalism and diasporic media. This study looks at diasporic Zimbabwean media discourses and subjects them to theories of voice in arguing that Zimbabwe’s diasporic new media have created platforms where previously excluded ordinary people can now engage. While in other contexts new media have revolutionized the way business is done and helped solve conflict, this chapter contends that diasporic new media have neither solved nor started conflicts but have given those connected Zimbabweans an opportunity to engage on conflict and its meanings.
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