> - English is the most widely-used language; the media tells us that the
Yes is it the most widely used language. But this does not stop me from
using your Language to teach you the benefits of my values.
> internet is utilized primarily in the West (this will likely change in xxx
> - at present the people using the internet are primarily Westerners, with
Yes, the internet is dominated AT PRESENT by westerners and this will
not change if we donot acquire this form of media in rural Africa.
Therefore my wish/goal if for rural Africa to obtain this form of
media. If rural folk had access to the internet, African values/way
of life will come through, not by direct propaganda, but by the
way we will communicate to each other. It will be a slow evolutionary
process, but I believe it can happen.
> Western values such as freedom of expression, privacy, and individualism
> - some Westerners propose that these values, highly regarded in the West as
> fundamental human rights, be "exported" throughout the internet - that
In my opinion, freedom of expression is NOT a western value, it is a
human value. Prior to colonialism, all Africans could express
themselves freely without fear of retribution.
I will concede that individualism is a western value. If you cannot
survive as an individual in the west, the state bails you out. In most African
soceities the extended family system is our basic social structure.
Despite relentless pressure from slave trade, colonialism,
neo-coloniasim, famine, wars, disease and worse of all, dictatorships by
African regimes ( i.e. Africans attempting to impose western values on to
Africans), the extended family structure in Africa is still strong. We can use
the internet promote the benefits of the extended family structure as
opposed to individualism.
> Yes, but my point is that African music has been influenced by the West.
> The music you refer to is not the original African music, but African
> rhythms (I'm no expert on this) combined with other rhythms and sounds,
> African music modified by Westerners. Today African musical groups play
> this Westernized version. It sells in the West.
The most popular forms of music in central Africa, Makossa and Soukous,
have ZERO western influence. If you go to your local record shop and ask
for Koffi Olomide, San Fan Thomas, Wenge Muisica and you will get pure Africa