Valerie Bruce wrote:
> Abongwa Ndumu wrote:
> >Although I am familiar with western culture, I do not promote (or demote)
> >western culture. I promote African Culture/Way of life and surely the
> >Internet is one of many forms of media.
> It is almost totally Western dominated.
Valerie, I think you missed his point that the Internet is just the
medium. Your compatriot McLuhan notwithstanding, the medium is not the
whole message. And in this case, it is not one way like broadcast or
publishing. You can get to my homepage just as easily as to that of
AT&T, and I can send an e-mail just as easily as Bill Gates. It makes
no sense to say it is dominated by anything, Western or other. It is
dominated by whatever information you choose (or happen to) to
receive. If you subscribe to mailing lists of Africans, and go to
African web pages and USENET groups, then you could think the net is
dominated by Africans.
> Thank you very much for the web site information. I'll check them out.
> I've heard music from various African countries, and enjoy it very much.
> What I've heard, however, is a mixture of African and Western music.
Western music... let's see, you mean like Rock and Roll, Blues, Hip
Hop, Jazz, Reggae? Look for the roots, and they invariably lead to
you-know-where. In fact, there is no better example of the potential
cultural impact of Africa than the music you hear all over the world.
Personally, I have absolutely no worry that with a two way medium like
the Internet, Africans can teach the world a few things as well as
learn. Western domination is no concern.
> >Check out these web sites:
> >Cameroonian pop music: Makossa:
> >Zairean pop music: Soukous:
> > http://www.africaonline.com/AfricaOnline/music/soukous/introduction.html
> >Rituals of the Westerns Grassfield of Cameroon:( Were I was born):
> >African football: