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Loudly South African

26 March 2014, 07:59

Usually I wouldn’t say anything about the top stories until they die out. But as I said… “usually”. There is nothing usual in our top stories anymore. The amount of junk we tolerate in our country nowadays is out of the ordinary. In fact, this here might as well be one of my biggest entries into “Dear Diary”. We have completely lost our sense of unity as a country. Nothing is genuine anymore. Everything revolves around one person. Everything we hear or see on TV – be it talk shows, news or film – it’s all superficial and delusional. We are not a Rainbow Nation anymore. It has been a while since I heard the phrase “PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN” and maybe for rightful reasons alas.

The reason why I normally choose not to interfere and comment on current affairs is because of the noise there is. We as human beings in general are noisy in the way we interact with one another. In a normal conversation, no one ever finishes a single sentence without being interrupted. Not, because they are boring but because there is no one humble enough to let someone else speak. Our noise is of cause enhanced by the melting walls amongst the spheres where information is circulating. Lately, the role of news agencies (media as a whole) is undermined by the amount of information that is already known to the public. Social networks allow people to access and distribute information as they see fit. By the time they see a story in the newspaper, web site or television, it becomes just another aspect of the story put in another point of view. Some people may see this as good, exposing the biased media; whereas, some people may see this as critically faulty.

I will need to deviate from the topic of social networks though, because I do not want to sound as if I’m criticizing accessibility of information via social networks. My concern is more about the different worldviews and point of views we get from the same story at once and the credibility of the information we get from our friends and followers via social networks. Of cause from a journalistic point of view, there is an exceptional amount of changes that the story undergoes before it arrives to the public. This is because of the responsibilities and publication rules that one needs to consider when writing a story. Alas, these rules do not apply to everyone in the streets who can access and distribute “gossip” as they wish, which turns out to be the same story that they will read the following day on the newspaper.

Let me just say, it is imperative that I explain this now, because all of the confusion and strife that eventually leads to the deception we get from our political leaders in the parliament comes from us – the people they want to serve. The primary catalyst for our confusion is our noise. We make a lot of noise. We want to practice freedom of expression, freedom of speech, and our right to be heard and become too proud to listen to another’s opinions and – as we normally say – “agree to disagree”. Our proud opinions not only spread across the internet without facts checked nor proper moderation; they don’t just undermine facts, but they also block out any interference or correction to what we may have misunderstood in the process and enable us to disrespect and look down upon one another – even our leaders for that matter.

I am as sad as everyone else in this country to have finally confirmed that our president Nxamalala has unfairly benefited from the development project in Inkandla. And the way he seems to be handling the matter does not exhibit any signs of leadership but cowardice because He acts as though this allegations are not against him. he ignores the whole saga and that makes everyone to say whatever they want while he keeps quiet. From my heritage point of view, I wouldn’t use the term ‘cowardice’ to a person of his age however; I find the word more fitting and less insulting compared to the ones I’ve heard since Nkanlda report was delivered by Public Protector. We have already been very noisy about this issue for some time now and as a result, there has been opinions, accusations, assumptions, wonderings, insults and of cause facts. But I’m afraid when it comes to South Africans, none of these words matters. We only want to accept that which aligns with our version of the story and that which we can edit with funny comments so that we can get more followers and retweets; more likes and comments on Facebook and so on and so forth.

Sadly, when we are done laughing and pointing fingers; whining, blaming and complaining, we turn and look to our politicians for solutions; only to realize that they themselves are full of opinions. They are also laughing and pointing fingers; whining, blaming and complaining. They are on tweeter and Facebook with us, contributing to the noise and making more noise; changing us from being “Proudly South African” to being “Loudly South African”.

Normally, after saying such things I would provide two or three things to contribute to a solution. But as you already know from the beginning; this is no ordinary article. So, I think for once, I must keep my opinions to myself.

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