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Is the Internet Contributing to Moral Decay for Africans, especially those in the Diaspora?

06 March, 2013
ICT Africa Reporter
March 6, 2013

On an on-going discussion on ICT in Africa on the Internet radio, http://visionsfm.co, the question came up as to whether the widespread use of the Internet by Africans, especially those in the Diaspora, was contributing to moral decay and the destruction of the African culture.

The discussion was triggered by a recent viral video of a Zimbabwean couple who video tapped themselves being intimate while their toddler child was looking on. The video came as a shock to many Africans in general and Zimbabweans in particular. Zimbabweans are known for being relatively conservative so it is not surprising that many are questioning whether easy access to the Internet, especially by Africans in the Diaspora, is leading to the contamination of the African culture and moral decay.

One of the guests to the Internet radio show that discusses ICT in Africa with DJ Hope (Nyradzo Mafolo), Dr. Jabulani Dhliwayo, had some words of wisdom to share with Africans using the Internet. He indicated that the Internet was a “gold mine” that could be utilised to improve our lives, improve the way we run many forms of small businesses in the Diaspora and at home, improve the way we elect our leaders, enhance our freedom of speech and association and many other positive things. But Dhliwayo conceded that the Internet was being abused and could be contributing to moral decay.

Dhliwayo warned listeners of the radio station that the Internet consisted of hundreds of millions of computers connected to one another. If one posted anything on the Internet, it could “propagate” and end up on thousands of computers throughout the world. Dhliwayo also warned that whatever one posts on the Internet today could be there for eternity. “You might be a teenager, but will you be ok if you posted your sex video on the Internet today and many years from now your children, in-laws, other relatives, current or potential employers viewed the video?”, Dhliwayo paused the question to the radio listeners.


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