>Do you mean to suggest that if people in Africa gain the ability to publish
>their own web pages they will publish the same stuff we're used to so far
>because their education is based on Western principles?
I didn't say that, but probably. The internet is certainly Western
dominated. But how do I know?
Brushing past the
>mistaken notion that all educated Africans are educated in the West,
I didn't say "all".
>to assume that Africans are so shallow as to be wholly formed by their
>education alone? Can we assume that of Americans?
Did I say "shallow"? No. Nor did I suggest it.
Actually, one's education has a great deal of influence on onself, usually.
An important part of the formal education process is to socialize the
individual to be a responsible contributing member of society, one who obeys
the rules, and participates positively. In classrooms societal values and
appropriate behaviors are taught. This is hopefully reinforced in the home.
People who are born in one culture and spend their earlier years there, and
who then go into a totally different culture in their latter school years,
are influenced by both cultures.
>What is the problem with the "elites in gov't and in universities" having
>access to the Internet?
It's not a problem. As you say, that was the case in the west until
some people - and I said "some" - believe that if African countries got
internet access then all citizens would have access to it, and, in fact, the
internet would solve the problems of Africans, and the continent would
emerge into the 21st century. Some people believe the internet is the
savior of all the African people. That the internet is what the average
peasant needs. I'm talking about now, not 20 years from now. Who knows
what the situation will be like in 20 years. Or even 5 years.
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