The Conversation

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South Africans describe their pain of unemployment

Unemployment can affect one’s social status ascription as well, which manifests through stigmatisation, labelling, unfair judgement, and marginalisation.

South Africa's diverse community radio stations

Community radio stations have grown significantly in South Africa over the past two decades. Community radio’s isolation from the mainstream media has created an information ghetto that is bad for the country as a whole.

Radio in Ghana went from a mouthpiece of politicians to a voice of the people

Even in the age of social media, the majority of people in Ghana still listen to radio. There has been a steady rise in radio production in Ghana over the past 20 years.

Fighting big pharma from exploiting a South African wild yam

In the 1950s, the African yam was exploited by drugs firm Boots to produce cortisone. But South Africans fought back against the plundering of a plant that they used for traditional healing.

There is an antidote to how fake news fuels disease outbreaks

Misinformation spreads fast when people are afraid and a contagious and potentially fatal disease is frightening. This provides the ideal emotionally charged context for rumours to thrive.

China launching its own cryptocurrency could be the start of a global revolution

While technological change has been incredibly fast in the information era, the system of international payments has lagged behind. But once sovereign digital currencies start taking off, this will suddenly change.

We are prone to dismissing facts that don’t fit our worldview

Whether in situations relating to scientific consensus, economic history or current political events, denialism has its roots in what psychologists call 'motivated reasoning.'