Shotgun intellectualism for the learned masses

Africa has had a turbulent history at the best of times, and a generally horrific track record at the worst of it. Between post-colonial regime change, civil war in central Africa, genocide in Rwanda and Darfur, and the end of apartheid, we have had our fair share of crises. But in the 21st century we are experiencing a newfound accessibility to information on these crises as they unfold. Instead of being informed on these events by nervous foreign correspondents wiring despatches from their hotel rooms to London, the ability for locals to analyse and comment on their world as it changes has emerged as one of the most important media in providing clarity to otherwise diffuse and misunderstood events. Or at least we aim to make it so.

Here in South Africa, the ANC is hell-bent on birthing the Information Protection Bill which would ensure the end of a free press as we know it, while at the same time the media themselves fail to grasp the issue at hand and effectively advocate just why the current status quo is ideal. After all, neither side of this debate have provided very clear and convincing arguments on this yet, preferring to either downplay the Bill’s implications (ANC) or screech and hoot at the sheer outrage of attempting to stifle the press through near-daily print and televised media. Put simply, the conventional press appear too occupied in wailing against impending censorship and the latest Julius Malema witticism to be able to notice the more nuanced flows of current affairs, let alone provide intelligent analysis on it.

African Scene is an online collaborative project by young South Africans who have a lot to say about what’s happening in this world

When combined with a plethora of other very valid issues in Africa and around the world, it is quite plain to see that there is a major gap in commentary on current affairs. And that, ladies and gentlemen, is where African Scene comes in. An online portal designed to provide intelligent commentary and musings on African and international affairs which cannot be shouted out by conventional media nor muzzled by any government, African Scene is an online collaborative project by young South Africans who have a lot to say about what’s happening in this world, regardless of the tail feathers ruffled in the process. After all, online media is a lot harder to stifle than conventional media as the Iranian, Zimbabwean and countless other dictatorships have discovered. More than this, we shall provide regular insight into all aspects of life in Africa and beyond, be it the latest war crimes tribunal of the hour or the meaning of life and everything in it.

Welcome to African Scene. We hope your country lets you read this in peace