Bridging the Digital Gap

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Ethan Zuckerman, co-founder of Global Voices and research fellow at the Berkman Center, joins us weekly in November to talk about the global impact of social media. This week: a look at how Africa portrays itself on the website Africa Knows and the debate over foreign aid.


Ethan Zuckerman

Comments [9]

Paul I. Adujie from New York, New York

Mr. Brian Lehrer, Happy Thanksgiving... you are someone who I will love to celebrate Thanksgiving with or share coffee or beer with...

I want to thank you and your radio station for the positive stories on Africa during 2009.

I also attended an event at your station Greene Space during which Doing Business with Africa was debated... "Rebranding Africa," derived from Africa: Strictly Business—The Steady March to Prosperity... Among your guest were a book launcher Ms. Rosalind Kilkenny McLymont and Ms. Esther Armah etc

And the affable and personal Mr. Terrance McKnight, host of Evening Music serves as Master of Ceremony... coordinated/presided.

On this Thanksgiving day/season... I thank you Brian Lehrer for your socially responsible and socially relevant journalism.

Happy Thanksgiving Brian... you are friend of my peoples... Whose stories remain largely under reported and, reported lopsidedly or completely untold.

Accept my thunderous applause!

Most sincerely,

Paul I. Adujie
New York, United States

Nov. 25 2009 05:52 PM
Brendan Costello from Morningside Heights

If you get this, please ask the guest about the effect of the mineral known as "Coltan" -- an essential ingredient in cell phones and other portable electronics (in the batteries I believe) which is mined in central Africa (Rwanda, Congo particularly). Does your guest have any thoughts about the economic effects of this mineral on funding the wars in that area?

Nov. 25 2009 10:58 AM
Hugh Sansom from Brooklyn NY

"Rebrand Africa"? What a sorry, pathetic, western way to put things.

Nov. 25 2009 10:57 AM
hjs from 11211



Nov. 25 2009 10:56 AM
mikki from williamsburg

I'd like to know about the gender distribution of phones--are they as accessible to women as they are to men?

Nov. 25 2009 10:56 AM
Paul I. Adujie from New York, New York

Thank you Mr. Zuckerman and Mr. Lehrer for this focus on current developments in Nigeria and the rest of the African continent.

It is refreshing to have news that deals with every day lives and human development...

This is a lot better than single story... often focused on chaos or crises... as the entire continent is irredeemable...

Thanks for this breathe of fresh air!

Nov. 25 2009 10:53 AM
hjs from 11211

WASH' post closes ny office.
cell phones new source of news?

Nov. 25 2009 10:52 AM
HJS from 11211


Nov. 25 2009 10:47 AM
George from Bay Ridge

How has text messaging on mobile phones changed the political and social situations in countries overseas?

Nov. 25 2009 04:11 AM

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