After reading this blog I realized the importance of South Africans participating in social media. Years after the apartheid South Africans remain uneasy and segregated. White South Africans consider leaving the country because they feel their quality of life has declined, Asian South Africans consider moving because they are unsure of their future, and Black South Africans have nowhere else to go – yet feel their quality of life has not improved since the apartheid ended in 1994.
Social media is imperative in order to engage these groups with each other. Although Olckers may disagree I do believe it is possible for this country to progress past its hierarchical thinking. Social media is an excellent platform form for South Africans to engage each other and move on.
With South Africans avidly participating online with Twitter, Facebook and Afrigator (even Obama has reached out to Africans using social media), I believe that social media will prevail despite what skeptics may suggest.
It is just a matter of time.