Digital communication as it is practiced in Africa today is at a crossroad. This edited collection takes that crossroad as its starting point, as it both examines the complicated present and looks to the uncertain future of African communication systems. Contributing authors explore how western digital communication systems have proliferated in the African communication landscape, and argue that rich and long-cherished African forms of communal, in-person communication have been increasingly abandoned in favor of assimilation to western digital norms. As a result, future generations of Africans born on the continent and abroad may never recognize and appreciate African systems of communications.Acknowledging that globalized digital communication systems are here to stay, the volume contends that in order to comprehend the past, present, and future of African communications, scholars need to decolonize their approach to teaching and consuming mediated and in-person communications on the African continent and abroad.
Agnes Lucy Lando is Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies at Daystar University, Kenya. She obtained her PhD in Social Communication from The Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome, in 2008. In October 2016, Lando became the first African elected Board Member-at-Large of International Communication Association (ICA). Lando has publications in Communication Ethics, Higher Education in Africa, The Critical Role of Crisis Communication Plan in Corporations’ Crises Preparedness, Communication Theory, Rumours on Social Media; and Kenya’s subtle 2013 Post-Election Violence. She is 2013 George Gerbner Excellence Award recipient.
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