webbed world

The positive side effect to note down after yesterday’s raid on a newspaper and a tv station in Kenya is that all these informal networks like the (kenyan) blogosphere and even multimedia websites like Kenyamoto (as pictured above) kept on supplying the world with the required information the so-called leaders try to hide from the public. And who knows what was shared through short messages (SMS) on mobile phone networks and e-mails…
All these networks can not be switched off by intimidating the media; and it makes me realize that people ARE connected – both at home and abroad. What a great potential!

Author: jke

Hi, I am an engineer who freelances in water & sanitation-related IT projects at Saniblog.org. You'll also find me on Twitter @jke and Instagram.

4 thoughts on “webbed world”

  1. As my friend M will say, they still think internet is used to catch fish. That is why they don’t understand that you cant stop the media in Kenya it is too large.

  2. Thanks for stopping by my place and leaving a comment re: the raid on the Standard Media Group. Some very good follow-up posts here and that new Kenyamoto online media site looks very hot.

    If BoingBoing has already picked up the story as you wrote in a previous post then I would say that the raid was not local and restricted to Nairobi, but that it went global. Ruud Elmendorp – Videojournalist is really on the ball too over in Nairobi, isn’t he?

    Good to see that Africans living here in Germany are beginning to embrace the blogosphere. Nice blog you’ve got here Uhuru.de, I’ll be back. Auf wiedersehen for now.

  3. Yes we are connected and there’s great potential in that! Still there is so much misunderstanding. Blogs provide opportunities for dialog and the sense that understanding is possible.

    I’m an American and a provencial one at that. Your voice is so compelling because you are an international citizen. Trying to get my thoughts right about my collaboration with a friend in Uganda is tough; there’s just so much context that I don’t understand. Likewise attempting to encourage fellow Americans to take a greater interest in events in Africa leads to all sorts of crazy conversations. Motives, my motives are challenged and I get a bit sensitive about that. A global, or international identity doesn’t come easily. It seems to me worthwhile to try. And your voice is so encouraging to me in that.

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