Where are the black bloggers?
Where are all the black bloggers in South Africa?
Look at South African blog aggregator sites like Amatomu, and the vast majority of the bloggers there are white. And this in spite of the fact that it is run by the Mail & Guardian newspaper, which has several black journalists. So if there are black bloggers out there, why aren’t they showing up on Amatomu?
The disparity not confined to blogging, but is seen in other parts of the Web and in electronic communications generally. In Usenet newsgroups, for example, most of the South African newsgroups are dominated by whites, with a high proportion of whinging whenwes. The soc.culture.south-africa newsgroup did have one very articulate black poster a few years ago, but he was not one to suffer fools gladly, and went off to play golf instead.
When people from outside South Africa want information on South Africa, many turn to the Internet, and what they find there are mostly white perceptions, and that is not a balanced South African view.
Perhaps there is a need for some affirmative action here.