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Kotzé, Dirk: "Cartoons as a medium of political communication." In: Communicatio 14.2 (1988), S. 60–70.
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BibTeX citation key: Kotz1988
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Keywords: Karikatur, Kommunikation, Politik, Randformen des Comics, Südafrika
This article focusses on the ways in which political cartoons, especially in South Africa, are used for political communication. To start with an indication is given of what is meant by political communication and how it forms part of the political socialisation process. Thereafter the focus shifts to the role of cartoons in this process. Emphasis is placed on the procedure of determining a theme or central idea for a cartoon. Three general functions of cartoons are also identified which concentrate on the condensation and simplification of a confusing perceived reality as well as acting as a medium for the mobilisation of political support. Besides, three specific functions are isolated which are determined by the cartoonist’s appreciation of the status quo. In conclusion, a few methods available to the cartoonist for designing cartoons to perform these functions are mentioned.
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