We are about to enter uncharted territory with this world cup. Not by virtue of winning it, but for the diehard racists among us. As writer and commentator Darrel Bristow-Bovey noted on Monday:
When do we believe what our eyes tell us over what the people who were actually involved say happened? In a world where our access to information is as unprecedented as our technical ability to manipulate meaning, it’s an increasingly important question.
Last Sunday the disbelief was unbounded – and the jibes on social media merciless. Mmusi Maimane, the self-styled Obama of Soweto, had been unmasked using a car donated by disgraced financier Markus Jooste – the man who made the Wolf of Wall Street look like a puppy.
America is reaping the bitter harvest of Donald Trump’s racism.
This week unemployment in South Africa officially edged up to 29%, the worst it’s been since 2008. Then Eskom posted an eye watering, breath taking R20.7-billion annual loss.
Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should” has been uttered by exasperated mothers since time immemorial.
People applying for US visas will soon have to provide their social media details – as part of the vetting process.
You’ll never find Tito Mboweni asking people to imagine anything on social media, because he leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination. With Tito, it’s always a case of WSYWIG, what you see is what you get, whether he’s admiring vegetables on his Magoebaskloof farm in Limpopo, cooking up a storm in his kitchen – and sharing the progress in real time – or admiring Rwanda, and Kigali in particular.
The race is on, one lucky – disaffected – DSTV subscriber could win themselves R10 000 by the first of next month, if they find the most innovative way to destroy their decoder, film it and send it to Steve Hofmeyr.
South Africa’s sixth general election is only days away and it’s impossible to predict the outcome – perhaps the biggest indicator will be the stadium wrap ups this weekend.