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|Society & You - Social Critic|
|Sunday, 22 July 2012 12:35|
In recent weeks, the New York Times reporter Nick Kristof [in] a little warmed waters of the blogosphere after the publication of his last two columns: the first, a piece entitled " In Iran, they want to have fun, want have fun "[en] (June 21, 2012) and the second," Africa on the rise "[en] (July 1, 2012). What these two texts have in common is the attempt to show that the Iranians and Africans are "like us". In the case of Iran, of representing the youth of this country as fun lovers who like - like most of the world - doing things like having sex and using drugs. In the case of Africa, the goal seems to be the show Kristof economic opportunities that await foreign companies.
The journalistic approach Kristof was a theme that emerged in various circles in the recent Global Voices Summit in Nairobi [in] and is also currently a hot topic in the blogosphere. Here are several examples that illustrate why the work of Kristof is debated hotly.
"Farrah Joon" is a popular Iranian-American blogger who writes the blog Sex and Fessenjoon, described as "shameless moving borders" to exchange experiences. After picking up some parts of Kristof's claims about the Iranians and their habits, both sexual and otherwise, she wrote [in]:
Richard Jeffrey Newman in the U.S., see the value for U.S. audiences Kristof reports and writes [es]:
The blogger KABOBfest, Sana Saeed, choose the path of parody (from the perspective of a Muslim visitor to the U.S.) and writes a text entitled " In the U.S., want to have fun, wanna have fun "[i]. A review:
Kansastan! Took a similar path to publish " In America, they want value, values, values "[i]. One sentence sums it up:
Finally, Nima Shirazi (@ WideAsleepNima) criticizes the premise completely Kristof, tweeting [in]:
Kristof's writings on Africa have previously been criticized by several writers and journalists from Teju Cole [at]-who says that activism and "good heart" is not always Kristof allows you to "think constellationally" (think constelacionalmente) - up to Elliott Prasse-Freeman [in], who writes eloquently about the " anti-political "[in] Kristof. More recently, Hamid Dabashi wrote a scathing critique [in] on Kristof on Al Jazeera, saying Kristof relies too heavily on outdated clichés and Orientalist.
Now, in response to the recent article by Kristof, bloggers from Africa and around the world are weighing the issue.
First, the entrepreneur in Uganda, Teddy Ruge, tweeted in response to Kristof's column, causing the Atlantic reporter Max Fisher to ask, "How the media should cover Africa? "[i]. Ruge First tweeted [in]:
He said [in]:
And concluded [in]:
Sarah Leonard, editor of The New Inquiry, joked [in]:
The academic Kathryn Mathers writes [es]:
The graduate student @ ArriannaMarie feel that Kristof has some of the blame [on] the perception that Americans have about Africa:
@ Abena_Serwaa, who tweets from Ghana and the Netherlands, seems to have some sympathy [in] by Kristof:
Marc Bellemare, a blogger and assistant professor, Kristof thinks is the wrong target. He says "do not hate the player, hate the game" and writes [es]:
After all this controversy, @ sassynct can sum it all up [in]: