Boondoggle

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Clichés hit Africa in the head with a slingshot

The electronic ink had barely dried, and I had just gotten over my frustration with trite Africa reporting, when Matthew Green of The Financial Times — in an otherwise fascinating article about the democratic powers of texting in Ghana’s recent elections — smacked me upside the head with this doozy:

With the result likely to be close, neighbours will be waiting to see how deep the roots of Ghana’s democracy run.  In the David and Goliath struggle between Africa’s pro-democracy activists and politicians intent on cooking results, the greatest weapon could be the humble text.

If David were provided with a cell phone, I think he’d be leagues ahead of big ol’ unconnected Goliath.  But that’s not the point.

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December 9, 2008 - Posted by | Africa, media |

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