Social media experience on blogging

 A picture of some of the theme se this blog focuses on.

The themes on this blog vary as it focuses on the social and cultural factors that affect the society as a whole. Things that are not easy to talk about because many fear of what others might think of them and how they will perceive them. The various articles chosen show
different problems faced by the society such as race, identity and fighting for what others think is right.

The article of Skin bleaching in Sowetan covers on the dangers of the chemicals used and it is a relevant article to this blog because it focuses on a life style trend but also on race. Articles such as that of Strikers who are looking for better services, such articles have a poor depiction of people, showing them as violent, instead of showing the cause in which they are fighting for, this article is biased and based only on the violence and not the needs of protesters. Another article that is relevant to the theme is that of foreign mothers who are refused help because of their nationality, such issues are relevant to life style and social factors such as personal health. Health and race still being a major social factor, the article on albinism is important in showing how people with albinism are treated and that they should be treated fairly instead of being treated like outcasts. Yet on a different note, even though technology is improving, the right to privacy is being ignored and people can hack phones and much cannot be done so people should check their androidmobiles, this has an impact on personal life styles of the society.
 An overall view of what the blog is about.

When these articles were tweeted on, there wasn’t any response, which might have been due to people not being interested or not using much of Twitter to raise awareness on these tweets and articles and also not participating in other Twitter users content.

Given the opportunity to tweet again on these articles I would use Twitter more often to follow others, tweet, retweet and like their content so that they could like mine too and also, I would engage in Twitter more often.

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Learn to appreciate your own.

Why should we look outside our own countries to find inspiration?

A group of students will be hosting a female empowerment seminar and they have very interesting pictures on their poster. The poster was suppose to depict strong, empowering and beautiful women such as Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, Michele Obama  and other American influential and powerful women. I looked at the poster and the poster is made by South Africans in South Africa with women from America. I am not hating on these women, they truly have been an inspiration and played vital roles in how women are perceived today but what puzzled me is that couldn’t they find South African women for the poster to make it more relevant or am I just being a spiteful blogger?

It’s not about being a patriot or anything like that, it’s just that when will people start appreciating their own. There are women such as Lilian Ngoyi, Miriam Makeba, Sibongile Khumalo, the current Bonang Matheba to name a few. Can’t we celebrate them and see them as women who have made a success of themselves, some in politics, some as humanitarians and some in the entertainment industry?

I looked at the media as a whole and realized that maybe the reason we do not celebrate our own is because the only way many women are depicted in media is in a scandalous story or just in bad light. None of their achievements are highlighted like many of the mistakes that they have made. Yes they make mistakes, they are human too. But then I realized that people are now focused on the gossip and the flashy lifestyle that they do not want to become like humanitarians and politicians but only want fame and are focused of the gossips that come with it. It’s trending and it’s what makes them relevant.



Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. She was South African Deputy President from 2005 to 2008.   Photo credit: http://www.iisd.co.za

I have no problem in Beyoncé being a role model for people by why can’t Bonang also be a role model, I don’t have a problem against Hillary Clinton being called a powerful politician but what about Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka. These women are the golden jewels of their countries, they have a big influence on people but South Africa also has its own diamonds too, not only South Africa but every country has its own forceful and powerful women that have shaped it and it’s culture. People need to identify with their own and not celebrate people from other countries only. They are a global inspiration, yes but they are also representing their country, who is representing this country?

Am I African enough?

What is being African? I googled ‘An African’ and what I found were various pictures of different faces, different skin pigmentations and different countries, I didn’t find a specific picture or definition of being an African. Is it a form of lifestyle, is it something we adopted from those before us, is it how we look and percieve each other and ourselves, is it our behavior or is it a state of mind? Africanism is broad but how do people identify it, how do they know if they are being African? I am not talking genetically, I am talking about how we look, behave and live. What are the requirements to show that you are African enough?

Someone said that Africans have lost their ways and are now following western ways. Western ways being the the use of wigs, weaving, wearing make up and following Christianity instead of ancestors. This puzzled me a bit because I thought people had the right to choose which ever religion they want. Does it mean that people who believe in Christianity and God are not African enough, does it mean that ancestral worship makes you African enough? What about those that don’t believe in ancestors, what about those that have been taught that the dead shall remain as the dead and nothing more, not only in South Africa but in Africa as a whole, does it mean that they are wrong?

Another case was of wigs and weaving. I realized that ancient Egyptians used to wear wigs and Egypt being in Africa, doesn’t that make them Africans or are they an exception? These things are not new, even make up, many  African tribes wear face paintings and the kohl (black eye paint) or any form of make up pattern on their faces, does this mean that they were influenced by Mac cosmetics? Does it mean that they are wrong and have forsaken their way of life? They still do, in Kenya some tribes still wear such face paintings, the Ameru tribe and the Kikuyu tribe to name a few.

People are being criticized out there for how they live their lives. Does anyone have a right to go to an African cancer survivor who is wearing a wig and tell them they are not African enough, since being African is how you look and what you wear. We might as well all wear our traditional  clothes (amabeshu and ditshea) instead of suits and jeans, we should forsake technology, no iPhones, no  emails and just send smoke signals as a message, walk barefoot, heard cattle, forget cars, offices, live in thatch houses, school under trees or be home schooled, speak our native languages, re lebale sekgowa (forget English) and forget everything that is modern. That will make it easier to be identified as African won’t it? The only way we can be African or Black is to not adapt and evolve but remain the same.

Being African is about teaching and learning, instead of criticizing why don’t people teach each other of the rich African history and the way of life so that the next generation may teach the coming generation. It is about learning different ways of life and respecting them instead of being high and mighty because you think you know what it is to be an African. It is about giving, loving and accepting. Actually not only Africanism but humanity as a whole, it’s about giving to those that lack, it does not have to be material possessions, it can be respect, it can be love, it can be food, it can be knowledge. What I wear, what I use, what I have on my hair and my religion do not determine how much of an African I am.

To reveal or not to reveal…

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photo credit: google.

Oh internet, the mother of insanity, beauty and all that is strange and naked in the world. Thou art troublesome. You know those days when you happen to scroll through your phone and boom! All of a sudden you need to wash out your eyes because you saw a naked person on your feed. Why or maybe why not? Is it wrong, is it not? Should or shouldn’t it be on the net? You see, the best thing about the Internet is that through the use of social media we can express ourselves and establish our personal brand. We are seen and heard. However some people become a bit extreme in expressing themselves.

Not everyone is comfortable seeing someone else’s junk but some are happy to share. My question is: when is it too much and when is it enough? When is it artistic and when does it delve in the world of the naked, the world of…dare I say it? The world of porn. Is it the same? Let’s come to this issue of pornography, many porn actors are shown nude most of the time, with little or no clothing at all and society used to reject this form of depiction, calling it a taboo but now being naked on social media is not frowned upon like before, in fact it’s a trend, its self expression. What changed?

Being in the nude is not only for porn actors now, many celebrities post racy pictures on their accounts and due to that a lot of people follow the trend. I mean if Kim Kardashian can show off her ‘assets’ then why not the average Joe? We choose what we want to do. What others find distasteful, others find sexy. Its all on how a person feels. Which leads to the definition of sexy. Does sexy mean being naked? why do we post nudes? Is it pop culture, how the media portrays what sexy looks like, is it because we are so comfortable in our own skin that it really doesn’t matter what we show? What is it?

Seems like there is more to this than just being naked. We can’t really judge people on what they choose to share on the internet. The only thing that can be done about seeing nudes on your phone is to either enjoy them (hahaha) or block and scroll. The internet offers a lot of options. Whether people choose to show their privates or not is entirely up to them. If its a form of art and or self expression then good for them. Whether its the media, personal choise or whatever that makes a person post nudes, if it makes them happy then good. Maybe we the sensitive should just block and keep scrolling.