Claiming our lives back from social media addiction

How can you live the life you want to, avoiding the distractions and manipulations of others? To do so, you need to know how you work. “Know thyself”, the Ancients urged. Sadly, we are often bad at this. But by contrast, others know us increasingly well. Our intelligence, sexual orientation…

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Making the taxman in Afrika dance Azonto

In Afrika, some things like death, taxes, and traffic gridlocks are certain. Heavy traffic gridlocks are more of a recent phenomenon like the mobile phone. However, these gridlocks can also be viewed as an opportunity to pause and observe the informal sector in motion - the growth engine supercharging livelihoods…

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Digital Apartheid

Last week, Twitter announced that it is testing increasing its character limit from 140 to 280 characters. It rolled this out to some users to test. At first, myself included, there was some outrage. After all, Twitter is about brevity. I thought about this, then Twitter allocated me 280 characters…

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Peak Outrage

There seems to always be something trending on social media that we are all being outraged by. This can be politics, social issues, celebrities, sports or anything that gathers enough momentum to evoke outrage in social media users. What's interesting is that once one (outrage) trend fizzles out, another one…

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