About a month ago I came across this article: 'Rumour Has It: The Importance of Gossip in the Battle for Goma', which made me think of this paper: 'The Globalization of the Pavement'.
Both papers are in each their way dealing with the balance between what it going on in real life, on the pavement, what people tell each other - and how it influences what get published on i.e. social media, and how it interacts.
If we ignore this dynamic in the process of understanding i.e. a crisis - which often happens - because it is difficult to get a grip on, time-consuming to get involved in, and because we usually read things more clearly retrospectively, there is however a grand risk we don't make the right conclusions.
I think this does apply to what is happening in South Sudan since December 15 when it comes to media.
The wood carving illustrates the selfie moment at Mandela's memorial service in South Africa in December. The photo is taken by Ann Bouckaert (copyright) in Parque dos Continuadores Art Market in Maputo.
I think it visualises pavement radio dynamic perfectly.