While it’s really cool to have an African president effectively utilising social media tools to communicate with a growing cyber audience, it does have its drawbacks as Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame recently found out
Kenyan tweeters have been incensed over CNN’s labeling of their country as a ‘terror hotbed’ ahead of US President Barack Obama’s scheduled visit to the country on Friday. They have reacted with tweets highlighting the positive aspects of their country under the hashtag #SomeTellCNN
Twitter has become one of the world’s most engaging, electrifying, high context, as well as low context discourse platforms. You want to know a country’s people, check their Twitter. At the same time,it has become that monster terrorising society’s self esteem, instituting a form of dictatorship while running largely on mass, often uneducated opinion. Though it represents a new kind of freedom, it is another form of repression. And who are the worst affected? Women. Or rather, their bodies
With only a few days to go before Election Day in South Africa, political parties are as active on social media platforms as they are on the streets. How big a role will social media play in these elections, and is this the future of political campaigning?