Beyond ICT4D - New Media Research in Uganda by Geert Lovink

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She had rather big and round contours, was wearing colorful earrings and plenty of make-up. Her perfume preceded her. It was rather awkward for me since I somehow immediately felt like I was a target for her. But then, she was an academic research target for me too. We decided that she would show me what she did online. The first thing she did was go to Yahoo to open her mail and see if she had any replies. Then she typed in the Yahoo search-bar: ‘looking for white man’. A few links popped up for dating sites which specialized in interracial dating.

People engaging in the virtual world must redefine themselves in to newer and wider contexts, and it is often assumed that people grow less certain and develop more fluid ideas about their original traditions. The point here is that the Internet is seen as a technology that has the potential to crumble settled traditions and political structures. Below we will discuss what the empirical observations of this research suggest about the idea that the Internet has a tendency to blur cultural boundaries.

Internet Usage - Local Amusement In the Kayesoft 1 Internet café there was an internal music and movie database. This was put in place ‘to attract more young people’, Vanessa told me and proudly showed me the hardware box that made this possible. It contained a large collection of songs sorted by music style such as African fusion, techno, reggae, western, new local music, gospel, Quran, old skool etc. An excess of movies were also available, of which most were Hollywood movies. However, there were also a lot of music videos sorted in maps named Swahili, Indian, Rwanda music and MTV cribs videos.

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