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Aneshree Naidoo
Aneshree Naidoo has been on the internet for ten years; writing, editing and hanging around inappropriate chatrooms. But eventually she grew up and is now a freelance writer and copy editor. In her spare time she reads bad chick lit and good sci-fi, and works on a long-term wetware programming project, installing Humanity 2.0 on her toddler. She’ll let you know how that goes in about 21 years.
  • Social? The web’s always been social

    Long ago, before Facebook and Twitter; before MySpace even, there were simple html-rendered pages and IRC, and forums devoted to everything from discussing the finer points of Klingon grammar, to the very first pro-ana boards. Long ago, people were talking. They were having multiple, myriad, overlapping and multidimensional conversations about the things they loved to talk about. With people who understood them. And even better, wanted to hear what they had to say. Every misfit, freak, and geek, found a place to call home. Where their values were valued. Even the most fringe found a flock, was...

  • Activism or slacktivism: Is the web making it too easy?

    When Sipho Hlongwane (@comradesipho), a writer and political and social commentator, proudly accepted the ANC Youth League’s disparaging moniker of “Desktop Activist” in March this year, he joined the ranks of activists the world over who use the web to speak truth to power. The internet, offering free publishing platforms that are constantly evolving, is an activist’s dream. It offers a wide reach, easy access to those in power (in some cases), and with the evolution of mobile platforms, an unprecedented approach to citizen mobilisation. Hlongwane was protesting the Youth League’s handling of the media, after it was discovered that they...

  • Minorities find a home on the Internet

    Back in those heady early days of the web, before big media houses deigned to spend money online, the uncool kids, the freaks and geeks, were the netizens of this somewhat anarchic medium. With chatrooms dedicated to obscure role-playing games and forum flame wars over who shot first, they reigned supreme, finding like-minded allies in the ether. But 15 years on, the rest of your matric class is on the net, even the ten-thumbed Neanderthal who couldn’t spell email. The time of the geek it seems is past, and the Internet is for everyone. Having access is a...