I was elated when Sam Pepper’s “Fake hand ass pinch prank” video was rightfully removed by Youtube within two days of being uploaded. Instead of being a swift and feel-good victory for feminists, though, the incident has served as an ongoing and increasingly disturbing awakening to the sexual abuse entrenched in Youtube culture.
Earlier this week, the South African Police Service (SAPS) tweeted a series of #StopRape “hints”, essentially instructing people on how not to get raped.
The history of telecommunication may have begun with smoke signals and drums beats, but today we seem to have become a high-tech civilization that forgets many of its most remarkable innovations throughout history.
Let us take a few minutes to reflect upon three revolutionary inventions which show how very important the history of telecommunication is as a part of our larger culture of communication.
The question is how. How exactly will the Protection from Harassment Act, which came into effect this past weekend, truly enforce the broad changes it champions?
The one glaring difference is that cyberbullies are now within the reach of the law's extending arm. While South Africa's digital media have been used by people across a wide range of generations, the protection of certain rights remained - up until now - a slightly grey area.
It’s not enough to exist in the real world anymore. You also need to exist on an alternative plane of reality, i.e. the virtual world of social media. This is where concepts like FBO (Facebook Official) stem from; the idea is that if a piece of information isn’t documented on Facebook, it’s not authentic or verified. So don’t think you can date someone without updating your relationship status on Facebook - nobody will believe you. (Facebook never lies.)