Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The Articles in Newsportal*

1) Oh! Man...it's a Rickshaw Puller's life in the city of Durban.
http://internetstudies.ukzn.ac.za/inst102news/node/149

2) PROSTITUTION VS THE 2010 WORLD CUP!!!
http://internetstudies.ukzn.ac.za/inst102news/node/279

3) Victoria Street...is where the true market's at!
http://internetstudies.ukzn.ac.za/inst102news/node/280

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Saying Good-bye to Internet Studies for 2009*

*To say "Good-bye" has never been the easiest thing to do!!!

*I really enjoyed doing Internet Studies this semester, it was like i wasn't doing it for the first time, but yes...this was my first time and i gotta say that i really loved every moment of it. Though at times it was really challenging, i found myself working through those challenges in a fun and patient way.

*By doing this particular module, i found that i used more of my creative side and that's one of my major talents.

*A special thanks to:

*My lecture- Thembisa

*My tutor: Joe

*My 2 collegues: Mildah & Grettah

*The rest of the Internet Studies students

*Thank you for making this module (INST102) enjoyable*

*I'd like to say that it was fun while it lasted (just for this year "2009"), i can't wait for next year.

***CHEERZ***

Semester Test '09***

(A 2 HOUR TEST WITH 45 MCQ'S)

*Pheew...I've just finished writting the INST102 Semester Test and DAMN...i felt like my head was cracking, that was one hard test that i wrote there man...yoh.

*Just kidding (SMILING), it wasn't hard at all because it was one of those "open-book test". You just brought your notes, readings and your previous quizzes, and the rest was left up to you. It was all in terms of using your material wisely and cleverly. I feel that i will do very well in this test, i must say, it's easy to pass this test and it's easy to fail it to, because everything just seemed so...easy.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Wh@ did i learn in INST102?



*I chose Internet Studies by mistake (i thought)...
But not exactly, because i believe that t'was already meant that i choose this module. I was always told that this particular module is very hard and easily failed. After hearing that, i felt like changing this module, but i thought otherwise. I just told myself that, nothing is easy when it comes to school work, you just have to give your ultimate best & 100% in your work.

*We now drawing to an end of Internet studies for "2009". What a wonderful experience it has been...YOH! During this course I have learnt a lot of new things about the news media and how it interlinks with the internet. Plus i got the chance to be a journalist and a movie-maker (WOW), something i never thought that i will do in a million years. With the help of my understanding and utterly great lecturer Thembisa, she has made this course unforgettable. She was always there whenever we needed her with a smile on her face. Due to this I have no regrets in taking this module.

*Mmmmm, tutorials were also very enjoyable, thanks to my wonderful, helpful & patient tutor Joe. Here we were offered extra support and motivation to excel in doing our best. We were free to express concerns about the course and just speak out what we thought. And i even got the chance to create my own blog (AWESOME).

*There was a lot of work to be done...but i surely enjoyed every moment of it*

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Diversity & democracy in the urban spaces of Durbz***

*Go grab a bucket of pop-corn...coz' it's going to be one helluva fabulous ride. (wink)***

***E.N.J.O.Y!!!

Friday, October 16, 2009

The 2nd day of my photo shoot...

*Since my camera had a low battery yesterday, today was a must for me to complete my photo-taking. The day was chilly and windy, but i had to finish. Today, i was the rickshaw puller and also dressed the part.

*Damn...i really looked weird pulling that Rickshaw, though it was a lil' bit heavy...but it was sure fun.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

"FLASH-FLASH-FLASH" (1st Day of the shoot)



* Today is the day to take photos for my movie project. So, it's time to head down the Beach front and pursue this. My mum accompanied me, for safety and to be my photographer. Thank God it's a sunny day, surely the photos will look good (i hope). But it was a little bit windy, because we were near the sea. Everything was going well...up until the camera had a low battery (t'was very frustrating), because this meant we had to come tomorrow.

(The picture on the right, is a sneak-peak shot of my photo collection!).

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Embedded Journalism***

*Today in class, we got a lecture on Embedded Journalism (A Broader sense of it).

*What is "EMBEDDED JOURNALISM"?

*It refers to the news reporters being attatched to the military units involved in armed conflicts.


*To view the "PROS & CONS" of embedded journalism, click on the link below:
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/features/jan-june03/embed_3-27.html

*Embedded journalism could be applied to many historical interactions between journalists and military personnel, it 1st came to be used in the media coverage of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. The U.S Military responded to pressure from the country's news media who were disappointed by the level of access geranted during the 1991 Gulf War and in the 2001 U.S. invasion of Afganistan. The Gulf War was one of the biggest wars in history, many were killed and many lost their homes.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

EXPLORING CULTURAL DIVERSITY IN THE CITY OF DURBAN!!!

*Cultural diversity refers to manifold ways in which the cultures of social groups and societies find expression. From the diverse forms taken by culture over time and space stem the uniqueness and plurality of the identities and cultural expressions of the peoples and societies that make up humankind. Cultural diversity is made to manifest not only through the varied ways in which the cultural heritage of humankind is protected, augmented and transmitted to future generations, but also through the variety of cultural expressions which are born by cultural goods and services, in all parts of the world at any given time, through diverse modes of production, dissemination, distribution and consumption.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Why are Tabloids soooo...popular in our culture?



*TABLOIDS*

*The tabloids are a big industry in our current society.We seem to have a weird fascination for the famous and we love to read about their lives. We love to see pictures of them- especially pictures of them in compromising positions. It is very sad that our society has come to this.Some tabloids are in actual newspapers online and in print. Sometimes they are just a small section of the paper.

*NEWSPAPERS*

*The tabloid paper size varies.Sometime it is a thick section of the paper and sometimes it is the whole paper. The new York daily news just has a small section online. The sun newspaper is all a tabloid paper. The entire paper is covered with tabloid news. These newspapers can be found in any grocery store.

*THE TABLOID MAGAZINE*

*The New York Post has a quite large section for tabloid news. Online you can view their photo gallery of stars with news about them. Some newspapers are truly dedicated to tabloid news. These tabloids are constantly getting in trouble for the stories they print.If they cannot prove the source of the story and someone sues them and says that the story is not true then they can be sued for a lot of money.The national enquirer is one of these magazines. They are one of the biggest in the world for tabloid news. The sun tabloid is also a very popular magazine. It is a weekly tabloid that mainly has stories about famous people and stars.


THE MAIN POINTS TO Y THEY ARE VITALLY POPULAR:


*They are inexpensive.

*They are based on opinion and on emotion.

*They invite the reader to apply judgement or derision.

*They celebrate improbable content.

*They bring the rich, powerful & famous down (levelling them in other words).

*They trade in the economy of emotion.

*They evoke a world with few real life consequences for the reader.

*They appear to disclose secrets and what is private: We feel like "insiders".
*They revel conspiracy theories and other paranoic explanations of phenomena.
*They also relish confessional, "tell all" narratives and exclusive disclosures.

My movie idea...

*Finally...i have an idea on what my movie will be about.
It's gonna be about...wait 4 it, wait 4 it...
***RICKSHAW PULLERS***

http://www.sa-venues.com/things-to-do/kwazulunatal/images/rickshaw-durban.jpg

*I chose this because, this type of informal job carries a lot of diversity and democratic usage of the spaces in the CBD.
*It's that type of a business that's open to anyone and it's widely varied. Plus it's one of the greatest experience that a person could ever experience.
*It portrays a lot of elements...socially, economically & culturally.
*I believe that this idea i've chosen, has a lot of history behind it and plus it takes place on the focal point of Durbz... the "Durban Beachfront".

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

*Have a close look on the "BIG TEN"

*They are namely the:

1. AOL/Time Warner
2.AT & T Corporation
3.General Electric
4.News Corporation
5.Viacom, inc.
6.Bertelsmann
7.Walt Disney Company
8.Vivedi Universal
9.Liberty Media Corporation
10.Sony

*Click on the following weblink for more info:

http://www.thenation.com/special/bigten.html

What's "NET NEUTRALITY"?

*Simply put, net neutrality is a network design paradigm that argues for broadband network providers to be completely detached from what information is sent over their networks. In essence, it argues that no bit of information should be prioritized over another. This principle implies that an information network such as the internet is most efficient and useful to the public when it is less focused on a particular audience and instead attentive to multiple users.



For more broader definitions of net neutrality, click on the ffg:

http://www.pcmag.com/encyclopedia_term/0,2542,t=Net+neutrality&i=55962,00.asp
http://www.google.com/help/netneutrality.html
http://online.wsj.com/public/article/SB114839410026160648-l8Cd7lakn_8givyNOVIeReUDNLw_20070523.html

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Our idea 4 the 3rd Article...

*Pheew...thank God that this is our final and last article for this semester. Talk about work, i mean, "journalism" YOH... It may be fun and interesting to investigate and interview, but it aint that easy...trust me. Being a journalist is tough work, that in which i got to realise now.

*Anywho...

*My collegues and i thought that for our 3rd article, we gonna write about the "cultural diversities" in the city of Durban.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

How to pull an all Nighter...

*Ah, the desperation of an important test or exam the next day, or a large amount of missing homework that's due tomorrow. Whatever it is, the Sleepless Night b4 is always annoying. Here's how to pull it off and live safely:


*Do your work. Plenty of times, you get sidetracked. Avoid this by setting a constant pace for yourself: 50 minutes of work, and a 10 minute break. Besides, keeping your mind occupied will make it easier to stay awake.
*Avoid caffeine, if possible. See warnings for reasons why. Drink two brimming glasses of ice cold water every 30 minutes. Not only will the cold keep you awake, but you’ll need to urinate very often. It’s difficult to sleep on the toilet.
*Play (softly, if you have a roommate) fast-paced, grating music. You may enjoy it, but it must be, at all costs, harsh and a bit arrhythmic. Try to stick to instrumental music, which is less distracting. This will keep you from being lulled to sleep.
*Work with windows open: cold air will keep you awake. Warm air knocks you out. If you find the cold air is effective in keeping you awake, you can even go to the bathroom and wash your face with cold water. Only wash your face if you are getting tired, you don’t want to waste studying time.
*Set your computer screen to a lower setting, (duller and darker) so as not to strain your eyes. See warnings for why not to.
*Turn off instant messengers, your cellphone, the TV, and do not surf the Internet, edit wikiHow, read, draw, etc. In fact, pinch yourself if you do. This can distract you very easily.
Do not work in bed, on a couch, or on the floor. If you work in any other place than a cold, hard table and chair, you will feel very tempted to sleep. If possible, work somewhere far away from your room/bed, so it’s a pain to go back and sleep. Try to be around some other people, too, so you do not feel comfortable sleeping in your chair.
*Set a timer, if you’re going to nap. Don’t nap for more than 20 minutes, and stay half-awake. Avoid napping at all costs, though. “Just 20 minutes of relaxation” will more likely involve you waking up past your class the next day.
*Rotate subjects every hour, if applicable. You’ll quickly mentally wear out on one topic.
Work through it all. If you have time at the end, pack up your stuff, lay out your clothes, then set your alarm as late as possible, to achieve the most possible sleep.
*Try sitting in different places around the room.
*Remember: if you are tired and are completely slumping over your work, sit up straight. It could immediately make you feel more awake. Yes, it sounds stupid, but try it.
*Eat protein-rich foods like sandwiches, cheese, and other dairy products. Sugary foods may make you feel awake for a little while, but can eventually make you feel drowsy.
*Think positively. Thoughts such as: “I am almost done,” “This is actually not too bad,” “I will get to see the sunrise,” “I will get a good grade” can definitely help.
*Get scared. Sure, it sounds silly, but do it. Watch a horror movie or read something frightening. You’ll be too scared to fall asleep. Do not do this if there is work to be finished, though!
*Note: if you are tired and bored of studying the same thing over and over again, remain positive. You can even try to make a game out of it so studying won’t be so strenuous and dull. (It sometimes helps to time how fast you get math problems done, and try to beat that time:)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Biography* of "Aung San Suu Kyi"

http://pacificties.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/suu-kyi.jpg

Biography*

1942: September 6. Marriage of Aung San, commander of the Burma Independence Army, and Ma Khin Kyi (becoming Daw Khin Kyi), senior nurse of Rangoon General Hospital, where he had recovered from the rigours of the march into Burma.
1945: June 19. Aung San Suu Kyi born in Rangoon, third child in family. "Aung San" for father, "Kyi" for mother, "Suu" for grandmother, also day of week of birth.
Favourite brother is to drown tragically at an early age. The older brother, will settle in San Diego, California, becoming United States citizen.
1947: July 19. General Aung San assassinated. Suu Kyi is two years old. Daw Khin Kyi becomes a prominent public figure, heading social planning and social policy bodies.
1948: January 4. The Independent Union of Burma is established.
1960: Daw Khin Kyi appointed Burma's ambassador to India. Suu Kyi accompanies mother to New Delhi.
1960-64: Suu Kyi at high school and Lady Shri Ram College in New Delhi.
1964-67: Oxford University, B.A. in philosophy, politics and economics at St. Hugh's College (elected Honorary Fellow, 1990).
British "parents" are Lord Gore-Booth, former British ambassador to Burma and High Commissioner in India, and his wife, at whose home Suu Kyi meets Michael Aris, student of Tibetan civilisation.
1969-71: She goes to New York for graduate study, staying with family friend Ma Than E, staff member at the United Nations, where U. Thant of Burma is Secretary-General. Postponing studies, Suu Kyi joins U.N. secretariat as Assistant Secretary, Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions. Evenings and weekends volunteers at hospital, helping indigent patients in programs of reading and companionship.
1972: January 1. Marries Michael Aris, joins him in Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, where he tutors royal family and heads Translation Department. She becomes Research Officer in the Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
1973: They return to England for birth of Alexander in London.
1974: Michael assumes appointment in Tibetan and Himalayan studies at Oxford University.
1977: Birth of second son, Kim at Oxford.
While raising her children, Suu Kyi begins writing, researches for biography of father, and assists Michael in Himalayan studies.
1984: Publishes Aung San in Leaders of Asia series of University of Queensland Press. (See Freedom from Fear, pp. 3-38.)
1985: For juvenile readers publishes Let's Visit Burma (see Freedom from Fear, pp. 39-81), also books on Nepal and Bhutan in same series for Burke Publishing Company, London.
1985-86: Visiting Scholar, Center of Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto University, researching father's time in Japan. Kim with her, Alexander with Michael, who has fellowship at Indian Institute of Advanced Studies at Simla in northern India.
1986: On annual visit to grandmother in Rangoon, Alexander and Kim take part in traditional Buddhist ceremony of initiation into monkhood.
1987: With fellowship at Indian Institute Suu Kyi, with Kim, joins Michael and Alexander in Simla. Travels to London when mother is there for cataract surgery.
Publishes "Socio-Political Currents in Burmese Literature, 1910-1940" in journal of Tokyo University. (See Freedom from Fear, pp. 140-164.) September. Family returns to Oxford. Suu Kyi enrolls at London School of Oriental and African Studies to work on advanced degree.
1988: March 31. Informed by telephone of mother's severe stroke, she takes plane next day to Rangoon to help care for Daw Khin Kyi at hospital, then moves her to family home on University Avenue next to Inya Lake in Rangoon.
July 23. Resignation of General Ne Win, since 1962 military dictator of Burma. Popular demonstrations of protest continuing.
August 8. Mass uprising throughout country. Violent suppression by military kills thousands.
August 15. Suu Kyi, in first political action, sends open letter to government, asking for formation of independent consultative committee to prepare multi-party elections.
August 26. In first public speech, she addresses several hundred thousand people outside Shwedagon Pagoda, calling for democratic government. Michael and her two sons are there.
September 18. Military establishes State Law and Order Restoration Council (SLORC). Political gatherings of more than four persons banned. Arrests and sentencing without trial reaffirmed. Parliamentary elections to be held, but in expectation that multiplicity of parties will prevent clear result.
September 24. National League for Democracy (NLD) formed, with Suu Kyi general-secretary. Policy of non-violence and civil disobedience. October-December. Defying ban, Suu Kyi makes speech-making tour throughout country to large audiences.
December 27. Daw Khin Kyi dies at age of seventy-six.
1989: January 2. Funeral of Daw Khin Kyi. Huge funeral procession. Suu Kyi vows that as her father and mother had served the people of Burma, so too would she, even unto death.
January-July. Suu Kyi continues campaign despite harassment, arrests and killings by soldiers.
February 17. Suu Kyi prohibited from standing for election.
April 5. Incident in Irawaddy Delta when Suu Kyi courageously walks toward rifles soldiers are aiming at her.
July 20. Suu Kyi placed under house arrest, without charge or trial. Sons already with her. Michael flies to Rangoon, finds her on third day of hunger strike, asking to be sent to prison to join students arrested at her home. Ends strike when good treatment of students is promised.
1990: May 27. Despite detention of Suu Kyi, NLD wins election with 82% of parliamentary seats. SLORC refuses to recognise results.
October 12. Suu Kyi granted 1990 Rafto Human Rights Prize.
1991: July 10. European Parliament awards Suu Kyi Sakharov human rights prize.
October 14. Norwegian Nobel Committee announces Suu Kyi is winner of 1991 Peace Prize.
1991: December. Freedom from Fear published by Penguin in New York, England, Canada, Australia, New Zealand. Also in Norwegian, French, Spanish translations.
December 10. Alexander and Kim accept prize for mother in Oslo ceremony. Suu Kyi remains in detention, having rejected offer to free her if she will leave Burma and withdraw from politics. Worldwide appeal growing for her release.
1992: Suu Kyi announces that she will use $1.3 million prize money to establish health and education trust for Burmese people.
1993: Group of Nobel Peace Laureates, denied entry to Burma, visit Burmese refugees on Thailand border, call for Suu Kyi's release, Their appeal later repeated at UN Commission for Human Rights in Geneva.
1994: February. First non-family visitors to Suu Kyi: UN representative, U.S. congressman, New York Times reporter.
September-October. SLORC leaders meet with Suu Kyi, who still asks for a public dialogue.
1995: July 10. SLORC releases Suu Kyi from house arrest after six years of detention.

In the last four years her movements have still been restricted. While she has had some opportunities to telephone her family in England, she is regularly denounced in the government-controlled media, and there is concern for her personal safety. Efforts to revive any NLD party activities have been balked, and its members have been jailed and physically attacked. In the first months after detention was ended, she was able to speak to large gatherings of supporters outside her home, but this was stopped. Yet her popularity in the country has not diminished.

Internationally her voice has been heard not infrequently. Reporters with cameras and videotape have been able to interview her in person, and telephone interviews with the media outside Burma have also been published. Using video cassettes she has sent out statements, including the keynote address to the NGO Forum at the U.N. International Women's Conference in Beijing in August 1995.

There have been a number of visitors from abroad, including a member of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, whom she told that Norway will be the first country she will visit when free to travel. SLORC has changed its name to the State Peace and Development Council, but its repressive policies and violation of human rights continue unabated.

Suu Kyi discourages tourists from visiting Burma and businessmen from investing in the country until it is free. She finds hearing for such pleas among western nations, and the United States has applied economic sanctions against Burma, but Burma's neighbours follow their policy of not intervening in the internal affairs of other sovereign states, and Burma has been admitted into the Association of South Eastern Asian Nations.

On March 27, 1999, Michael Aris died of prostate cancer in London. He had petitioned the Burmese authorities to allow him to visit Suu Kyi one last time, but they had rejected his request. He had not seen her since a Christmas visit in 1995. The government always urged her to join her family abroad, but she knew that she would not be allowed to return. This separation she regarded as one of the sacrifices she had had to make in order to work for a free Burma.

What is Censorship?


File:Censorship.svg
*Censorship is the suppression of speech or deletion of communicative material which may be considered objectionable, harmful, sensitive, or inconvenient to the government or media organizations as determined by a censor.

*INTERNET CENSORSHIP*

*Internet censorship...is the control or suppression of the publishing or accessing of information on the internet.

http://earthhopenetwork.net/internet_censorship.jpg

The DOUBLE "F"


*Forgiving is love's toughest work, and love's biggest risk. If you twist it into something it was never meant to be, it can make you a doormat or an insufferable manipulator. Forgiving seems almost unnatural. Our sense of fairness tells us people, that we should pay for the wrong they do. But forgiving is love's power to break nature's rule.
*You know what they say: "Men forget but never forgive, to whereas women forgive but never forget"...But w@ i know is that, to FORGIVE is possible but to FORGET is impossible (it also depends on the kind of hurt you went through).
*It's no use to hold grudges...b'coz they are simply a waste of perfect happiness. N plus life is too short to that, so rather "4gv"...b'coz that will surely set you free.
***THERE'S NO LOVE WITHOUT FORGIVENESS, AND THERE'S NO FORGIVENESS WITHOUT LOVE!!!***

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Internet & Democratic Project!

*The project’s initial case studies investigated three frequently cited examples of the Internet’s influence on democracy. The first case looked at the user-generated news site OhmyNews and its impact on the 2002 elections in South Korea. The second documented the role of technology in Ukraine’s Orange Revolution. The third analyzed the network composition and content of the Iranian blogosphere. Fall 2008 saw the release of a new series of case studies, which broadened the scope of our research and examined some less well-known parts of the research landscape. In a pair of studies, we reviewed the role of networked technologies in the 2007 civic crises of Burma's Saffron Revolution and Kenya’s post-election turmoil. In April 2009, Urs Gasser's three-part case study examined the role of technology in Switzerland’s semi-direct democracy. This case expands on our study of foreign blogospheres with an analysis of the Arabic language blogosphere.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

WEB INDICATORS***



- The internet and the WWW have made a large number of new sources of data available, including meta data. They also provide new interfaces to existing data sources.
- The internet and the WWW are becoming the dominant platform for new communication media between researchers (including new forms of virtual collaboration) and between research and society at large.
- The internet and the WWW enable the development and use of new web-based research tools in all areas of scientific and academic research and thus create new challenges for science and technology policy

*CHOMEEZ 4 LYF!!!


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Friday, September 18, 2009

DEE...Final Project***

*Look @ the camera...FLASH!
*Smile @ the camera...WOW!

***IT'S TIME TO MAKE A MOVIE***

DAMN...I've never been so excited in my whole entire life.
I mean, i'm gonna make a movie...hello did you get me?
i said a "M.O.V.I.E"...wow! this is soooooooo gonna be fun, can't w8!!!

*The movie must deal with the ffg topic:
"Informal Durban-- Diverse and democratic use of the city spaces in the CBD"

*I got so many ideas, but am still a lil' bit confused on which particular "aspect of an everyday life in the city of Durban" to choose 4rm.
*But which ever aspect i choose, i gotta make sure that i do a gr8 and an interesting movie on it (this project carries a lot of marks).
*I have to showcase my news-media "practitioner" side, you know!!! (wink)

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Prostitution versus the 2010 World Cup!

*The 2nd Article: Me and my collegues chose to write about prostitution on the resemblence of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

*We thought the best way to go about writing this article, was to find out what are "people" views on the matter of legalising prostitution, so we took it down to the streets of Durban. Many people had difference views, but more or else it was the same, because most of them thought that prostitution shouldn't be legalised, to whereas some of the thought that it should. But all of this boiled down to: THE 2010 FIFA WORLD CUP!!...what will be the best solution for it.

*The main QUESTION was: "Is legalising prostitution the best way to secure the 2010 World Cup?"

*See our article on this link: http://internetstudies.ukzn.ac.za/inst102news/node/279

...and for more info, click on the following web-links:

http://allafrica.com/stories/200907310941.html

http://www.project2010.co.za/

Friday, September 11, 2009

Does "MUTHI" really work when it comes to soccer?


*That's an ultimate myth!...But it's reality!!!

*Every team wants to win when it comes to soccer, and the team would do anything (when i say "anything", i mean "anything") to achieve that particular win. Even if it means they have to conspire, cheat, use muthi or diabolically still...to even kill (you'll never know, they are desperate....remember).

*Approximately 94.7% of soccer teams here in S.A, use muthi (...Yep, believe it). @ times it works but sometimes it backfires. They say funny and weird things happen if it's used wrongly. @least a majority of the team believes in 'muthi', but the rest just don't. One has to follow the Inyanga's orders or else sparks will fly and the team will certainly lose...KABUHLUNGU FUTHI!

*They could use their muthi, i don't have a problem with that. But...i believe and have faith in God! Surelly if you ask God anything in a good & faithful way, he will answer you in a good way...believe me...i know.

*When it comes to soccer...pure luck works it way out, and you know what they say:
"Ibhola lyaginqika" (The ball rolls)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Bafana Bafana, kant' kwenzenjani?

*It really saddens me that the fact that the FIFA World Cup is just around the corner, and our team is just repeatingly losing every game they play. It's so disappointing for our country yaz', i mean, we hosting D' Biggest event but, it's seems like we gonna get booted out early in the game...(w@ a pity). The 2-0 loss with Germany was bad, but the 1-0 loss with Ireland was much even worse...(what's going with our boys?). No doubt about it, we've got exceptional players but, it seems like they have a black cloud over their heads. I don't know if the problem is with them or it's with the coach himself, ey'...only God knows.
*The ultimate question still remains: "Can Bafana Bafana win the FIFA World Cup?"
*My answer: ...uhm, if only a miracle can happen. But i still have HOPE and FAITH that maybe, just maybe they'd do the country proud. Eish...but the chances of doing that are very slim.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

What is "Perfect Happiness"?

*Perfect happiness really does exist!
Yep. It does exist in the heart of countless idealists of all creeds, ages, and colours.
Is it an abstract concept of an ethereal dreamworld inhabited by naive mavericks and lost souls?
I don't think so.
To me, perfect happiness is...

  1. *accepting the fact that life is not other than the one you are living. So while @ it, enjoy as much as you can, doing your utmost best to take chances that come your way.
  2. *discovering and celebrating who you are. Do not despise yourself and wherever you find yourself today. Comparing yourself to the pretenders and contenders will only make you more miserable.
  3. *walking as far away as is possible from the gurus and their weird prescriptions. Life, as it is, is already complicated, so make yours as easy as you choose.
  4. *realising that your ability to string together a conversation with your creator, is the surest way to delay the greying of the follicles. "Worry", is a spoiler. So why become a beast of burdens when you can choose to become a temple of joy?
  5. *accepting who you are not. You cannot be everybody and everything. So put on your uniqueness and strengths. In the company of intergrity, love and compassion, hold your head up high and swagger your way towards your dream.
  6. *learning to give yourself a hug every new day. Laugh a lot and let your regrets be few.
  7. *knowing that there are sharks in the waters around you, so learn the secrets of preserving your soul. Do noy point a finger @ others. Deal with your faults and mistakes responsibily and you will definately find grace.

Happiness Quote

Monday, September 7, 2009

Weekend Special...


*I really enjoyed my weekend bra...
...How?
*Well...last week Saturday, my family and i went to a party @ Newland West.
* T'was 1 of those "colour of the day" type of a party, so t'ws restricted that everybody dat was invited 2 da party, must wear a red top and a pair of jeans.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

LIFE IS TOO SHORT***

*Life is too short...
Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness.
Laugh when you can, apologise when you should and let go of what you can't change.
Love deeply and forgive quickly.
Take chances...give your everything and have no regrets.
*Life is too short...
To be unhappy, you have to take the good with the bad.
Smile...when you're sad, love what you got and always remember what you had.
Always forgive but, never forget, learn from your mistakes, but never regret.
People change, and things go wrong but always remember that...
LIFE GOES ON!!!

Friday, September 4, 2009

T.G.I.F*

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*THANK...

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*GOD...

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*IT'S...

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*FRIDAY!!!

...Ey, i wonder neh...ukuth' w@ will this particular "Friday" bring 4 me.
But so far so good, everything jst seems normal.




Thursday, September 3, 2009

Peace, Love & Happiness!


*You may say im a dreamer, but ey'...i aint the only 1.

HAVE A BLESSFUL DAY***


*God Bless!!!

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Eminent examples of alternative presses!


*Mr Tengo Jabavu...
*He's 4rm the Eastren Cape, born in 1859 and passed away in 1921. And he owned the newspaper: "Imvo Zabantsundu". This particular newspaper, sought to articulate & unify the interests of the emerging African Christian middle class. He was a 2ru master publicist!

*Mr Solomon Plaatjie...
*He's 4rm the Northern Cape, born in 1876 & passed away in 1932. And he owned the newspaper: "Koranta ea Becona", which was published in August 1901. He was the 1st black person to translate Shakespeare to an African language. he was a 2ru investigative journalist!

Alternative Press in S.A!

*This is the 1st full-length study of the protest-cum-resistance press and its role in the struggle for a democratic South Africa between the 1880's and the 1960's. South Africa's alternative press played a crucial, but still largely undocumented, role in the making of modern South Africa. Projecting the point of view of intermediary social groups, who saw themselves as a modernising, upwardly mobile non-ethnic force in the struggle to create a black middle-class culture in South Africa, these presses mirrored political realities that differed substantially from those projected by South Africa 's established commercial press, which was owned and controlled by whites, and concerned almost exclusively with the political, economic, and social life of the white population. An important venue for an emerging black literacy tradition, these alternative presses also constitute a unique political and social archive.(Switzer Les)

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

SPRING IS HERE...

Flowers, garden *BLOSSOM FLOWER BLOSSOM!!!
*The yellows, the oranges, the reds, the pinks...now those are "spring" colourz!!!
*It"s all about being B.R.I.G.H.T

Durban Rickshaw Pullerz!!!

*My collegues and i went down to do our project "article" that was of livelihoods in the informal sector. So, the 3 of us chose to write an article about the amazing Rickshaw Pullers. We saw that this would be a great experience , to actually find out more about these people and these Rickshaws.

This led us to interview a Rickshaw Puller:
John Sibiya (He tells more about his personal background in this business). He was born in 1958 and he started doing this Rickshaw business in 1981. His late father got him into this particular business, because he to, was a Rickshaw Puller 4 many years till he died. (MY HIS FATHER'S SOUL...REST IN PERFECT PEACE). Mr.J.Sibiya is a husband to 3 wives and a father to 19 children. He lives @ Kwa-Nongoma with his whole family.

He utters that the earnings he makes from this business, simply sustains him and his family. BUT... we asked ourselves how? 'Coz he just charges R20 per ride, but depends on the trip. He said that kyazameka (coping), though @ times it's really tough 2 da matter of, he sometimes goes home without even enough 2 buy a loaf of bread. That's 1 of the challenges he faces almost everyday. But he also comes across to whereas people just walk pass by him when he's marketing himself, some other people just ignore him, totally.

But despite all of that, he still loves his job and he does it with great passion. In addition to 2010, he has great anticipation, due to the fact that he feels that the World Cup will bring him an inflow of large number of tourists. Which he sees that t'will boost his economy for just those few months. He enjoys every moment in this pulling business.

*We also enjoyed ourselves during this whole experience of the "RICKSHAW WORLD"!!!
*T'was ultimatetly a gr8 privilage to meet and interview Mr .J. Sibiya.

*To view our article, click on the link below:

http://internetstudies.ukzn.ac.za/inst102news/node/149

Social inequality, is a defin8 REALITY.


"Social inequality occurs when ideology and power combine in such a way as to make one group superior or inferior to another group." This definition comes 4rm my dad's old Sociology textbook, that was just laying around the house. So, yeah...racial discrimination can be considered as a social inequality b'coz prior to the past, the days of the Apartheid Era. The Whites were superior, which made the Blacks to be inferior in many aspects. Other examples of social inequality, includes "sexism". For many years, women didn't have the right to own property or vote. They were essentially consindered to be possessions of their husbands or fathers and were therefore inferior to the superior males within the society. Even the difference in economic classes, is considered as social inequality. Those with significant wealth have considerably more power than those without wealth. Along with that, there's a commonly held ideology that supports the idea that wealthy (or even middle class) people are superior 2 those who live in poverty.

Pshhh...as if love?...

Dat's just a negative attitude... As if love would change the world?...
Does any1 trully believes that could really happen? YES, i do believe. It's all left up 2 the people @ large, on whether they to live in a more loving and caring atmosphere. LOVE CAN CREATE 2GEDANESS!!!

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

"Good-night and Good-luck"


*Today in class, we watched a very interesting movie.

*That's about the renowned CBS News anchor Edward R Murrow's (David Strathairn) legendary on-air confrontations with red-baiting Senator Joseph McCarthy that helped bring down the infamous politician in the mid-1950s. The film traces the true story of how Murrow and his producer, Fred Friendly (George Clooney), helped bring an end to the tyranny of the blacklist and the house Un-American Activities Committee' anti-Communist hearings. With the platform provided by his CBS News program See it now, Murrow challenged McCarthy on his claims that hundreds of avowed communists were working covertly as Soviet spies in the US government, among other allegations that at the time had the power to destroy lives and careers.
*T'WAS A GREAT MOVIE, I MUST SAY!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Brokenhearted girl...

You were everything i thought you never were,
And nothing like i thought you could've been,
But still...u live inside of me,
So tell me how is that?
You are the only one i love 2 not 4get,
The only one i wish to not 4give,
But than, you broke my heart,
And then there are times when u hurt me,
And put tears on my face, da times when you
stabbed me with a knife thru my heart.
...(CRYING)...

There are times when i hate you,
Cause i can't erase...this excruciating pain. But why do i still feel like...(PAUSE)
Like i don't wanna take a breath without you?
I despise u, but yet again I LOVE YOU!!!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Dignity as "RESPECT"!!!

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What is the 2ru definition of "dignity"?

Each individual has their own definition of the term "DIGNITY". As humanbeings, we very diverse, but we tend to have almost the same understanding of this particular term.
My definition of DIGNITY would be:
  • Respect!
  • Manner!
  • Worthiness!
  • Excellence!
  • Gratitude!

An elevation of mind and character.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Just livin' my life the way i wanna!!!



*JUST LIVIN' MY LIFE LIKE IT'S GOLDEN.

Really...What is love?

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*Overall, love is 1 vital and most "AMAZING" feeling that 1 could eva experience.
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