Posts Tagged ‘culture’

Why I Blog About Africa

{ Posted on Dec 03 2008 by Bill Zimmerman }
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Categories : At work
A new meme is making the rounds in the African francophone blogopshere and is now gradually spreading through the anglophone zone. It was begun by Théo Kouamouo, a blogger based in Abidjan (Côte d'Ivoire). Théo asked bloggers to ...Read More »

Anthropology, Tech & the Developing World

{ Posted on Nov 28 2008 by Bill Zimmerman }
This post was largely inspired by the views of Ken Banks, the man behind FrontlineSMS and Kiwanja. I only recently discovered him via Twitter, and feel that I’ve met a kindred spirit. His essay on anthropology’s “technology-driven Renaissance” ...Read More »

Of Pidgin & AdSense

{ Posted on May 25 2008 by Bill Zimmerman }
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Categories : From the home office
This list comes from a recent Gmail exchange with a Cameroonian friend that was conducted entirely in Pidgin English. If I were to guess, I'd say that AdSense's semantic analysis got hung up on the monosyllabic Pidgin words in ...Read More »

The Myth of Integration

{ Posted on Feb 19 2007 by Bill Zimmerman }
In the foreword to Margaret Mead’s ground-breaking and controversial first book Coming of Age in Samoa, her advisor, Franz Boas, wrote that: Courtesy, modesty, good manners and conformity to definite ethical standards are universal, but what constitutes courtesy, modesty, very good ...Read More »