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A lesson for South Africans - the right to comment

15 August 2012, 14:40

There appears to be rather a high proportion of South African commentators on News24 who are either internet trolls, or completely and utterly clueless.

I'm going to assume it's the latter (given their spelling and grammar) and give you all a quick lesson in the nature of the internet, and commenting.

Part One - The Notion of Global

Back in the day, most people thought the world was flat. The religious idiots perpetuated that particular myth as long as they could, as they tend to, but eventually, we realised that the world was, in fact, round.

The internet seems to be counfounding the head scratchers out there in a similar way.

To break it down for y'all, the internet is international. See the INTER in both of those words.

That means that my internet here in my office can see your internet in South Africa.

Part Two - Being an Expat Doesn't Strip You Of Your Citizenship

The other thing all the neerdowells who couldn't make it overseas themselves, or those who can't afford to leave now tend to harp on about is the notion that if you're no longer actually experiencing the daily failure in SA, you have no right to comment.

In fact, the opposite is true.

Even when you leave South Africa, you remain a citizen of the country, with ties to family and friends. If you happen to move to a country that allows dual citizenship (as Canada does) then you could conceivably remain a South African even if you become a Canadian.

(If you're getting a headache from thinking too hard, pop a pill.)

The bottom line is, however, that as long as I have a single family member or friend in South Africa, I will not be quiet.

I will not ignore the rot and the failure.

I will not pretend that the shit that IS happening is not, in favour of some neo liberal rose tinted fantasy land.

If you do, then you are an idiot, and you have no right to call yourself a patriotic South African.

Someone once said that all that was necessary for evil to flourish was for good men (and women) to do nothing. If you expect me to do or say nothing because it offends your little delusional bubble, then think again.

Be a coward, and refuse to face up to the facts if you like, but don't expect anyone else to.

And for crying in a bucket, go back to part one and two, draw yourselves an effing picture, and realise that us ex Saffas can and will comment from anywhere in the world.

If you don't like that, may I suggest that you print this article out, roll it in a ball, bend over, and shove it?


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