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In Africa, a Link Between Phones and Freedom
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  • FriendlyGoat

    One could read the next to last paragraph and wonder whether TAI really believes that “Modern Family” is an essential building block for Africa.

    • Anthony

      You make a good point! But read this (not related to above) as an American (who wants a successful country) and not as a Democrat and uou’ll see your sentiment (as a partisan) have not been far off – despairingly. nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2016/10/barack-obama-on-5-days-that-shaped-his-presidency.html “If there’s one wish that I have for future presidents, it’s not an imperial presidency, it is a functional, sensible majority-and opposition being able to make decisions based on facts and policy and compromise.”

      • FriendlyGoat

        At the end, the article says the interview was “lightly” edited for clarity. I hope that means “not much”. I have always preferred hearing the words of this president to hearing interpretations of what someone thought he said. Same with Pope Francis, by the way.

        Thanks for link.

        • Anthony

          I agree (Pope and President) and you’re quite welcome! (with the editing, you never really know – constraints, preferences, etc.)

  • Jim__L

    “We wrote about Uganda’s porn policing earlier
    this year and we remain skeptical that the moral authorities will be
    successful in cracking down on pornography; if there’s demand for it,
    mobile users will most likely find a way.”

    Sure. But there’s still value in laying down some lines for good behavior, even if those lines get transgressed.

    That is, honestly, a big takeaway of Christian morality. Africa is going to be more in touch with that than North America is, these days.

    • Andrew Allison

      Jim, I think you may be confusing Christian morality and human frailty. The world’s oldest profession is not the priesthood! If you think trying to ban drinking was ludicrous, trying to ban pornography is even more futile. All that can be done, as in the case of Prohibition is to drive it underground and increase criminality.

      • Jim__L

        Christian morality is well aware of human frailty — it’s what the Gospel is about, it’s what grace is for. It’s why confession of sins is part of the weekly liturgy.

        The fact that something is illegal makes it less common. Legalizing something makes it more common. The fact that law is not absolute does not make it “futile”.

        As for the other problems you cite: they’re not insurmountable. Reform of enforcement is the answer to “criminality” issues, etc.

      • f1b0nacc1

        I don’t know if you are a SF fan at all, but Arthur C. Clark wrote a wonderful story called “I Remember Babylon” back in 1960 that seems quite apt here…. If you haven’t seen it, I strongly suggest you do so.

        • Andrew Allison

          Playboy seems like an entirely appropriate publisher for it. I wonder, though, whether the USA is any more decadent that Western Civilization in general, or just makes more fuss about it.

          • f1b0nacc1

            Well 1960 was along time ago, and Playboy actually published quite a bit of very excellent SF back then. You know, I am old enough that I remember when Playboy was in fact worth reading for the articles (grin)….
            I take it then that you have read the story….I first saw it when I was quite young, and the full impact wasn’t entirely clear to me. Now, with the advent of the Internet, it seems that Clarke was (as he had been so often), prescient yet again…

          • Andrew Allison

            I mostly remember the Letters [grin]

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