Hmnn ... I've said it before and I'll say it again. The right to freedom of expression is not absolute and needs to be tempered by the equally valid rights to human dignity and privacy, both of which are entrenched in the constitution (S10 and S14 respectively). The Bill of Rights even makes provision for certain limitations to individual rights 'to the extent that the limitation is reasonable and justifiable in an open and democratic society based on human dignity, equality and freedom'.
Living in a constitutional democracy means that we have to accept not only the protection of our rights, but also certain limitations on those rights, especially if they infringe on the rights of others. Posted on 23 May 2012 10:40
This article proves the concept that marketing can never be 'Here's my brand and what it can do for you'. Instead it is interactive, engaging with the concept of the brand together with the product. I'm a huge fan of this article and so excited the marketing opens up a world of possibility. Posted on 23 May 2012 09:33
Thanks for great piece. Content that is engaging - and relevant to the audience - is the beginning of a brand dialogue. The only point I wish to emphasise, is that the link between the content and the brand idea cannot be tenuous. Which is why the principle of have a brand idea that is relevant, different and sustainable is more important than ever before. Viva the brand idea. Posted on 23 May 2012 08:45
Great article for those who do not know what content marketing is all about. Content marketing can be a feat, especially since many companies may be very creative and may come up with new ideas regularly. However, this can also be seen as a challenge! Well, that's how I see it anyway. Posted on 22 May 2012 22:19
Excellent commentary - and I'm pleased to see someone breaking the 'freedom of expression' ranks on this one.
Personally, I find this image offensive and the entire argument about freedom of speech and expression disingenuous. These freedoms are, after all, not absolute (if they were, our courts could never have declared 'Shoot the Boer' hate speech). So they need to be tempered by the targeted person's right to privacy and dignity which, as Gail points out, are rights enshrined in the constitution.
If we want to live in a constitutional democracy, we need to accept that the constitution not only protects our rights, but places certain limitations on them, and that these limitations are there to protect everyone, even politicians.
Also, why is it thought to be unacceptable for the ANC and Cosatu to use sexual innuendo when speaking of Helen Zille, but acceptable to show an image of the President with his genitals exposed simply because it's 'art'? And, conversely, how would the DA and the rest of the country have responded if a similar painting of Helen Zille had appeared alongside this one?
Whatever the President's weaknesses and foibles, I believe this image violates his constitutional rights. And, like any other citizen, he should be able to rely on protection against the violation of those rights. Posted on 22 May 2012 16:45
Interesting article. I'm currently researching creativity - what it is, how it's identified and how it's measured - and it's quite a controversial topic among the academics.
Even within the workplace... when a role calls for someone who is creative, what does it actually mean? Can someone in IT, for example, be creative? Or someone in a "creative field" not have an ounce of creativity? Looking forward to the answers that the research may produce. Posted on 22 May 2012 11:41
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I am really impressed that our province is putting efforts to Education & Training in the most unperforming schools, this shows commitment from our leaders. Big Up for DD and Regina! We need this kind of endevours, because these are the leaders of tomorrow. Posted on 22 May 2012 10:28
My problem with this argument is that it's not Zuma's genitals on display. It not HIS penis, it's just A penis (obviously the artist didn't do a nude study of our country's leader's privates). And it that sense it's a symbol - one that is associated with the president's own behaviour and actions in the past. In my mind that's also the main reason why the ANC is offended. Not because their leader's "own" penis have been put on display, but because it raises the critical point that many, many South Africans view Zuma as a womaniser. And at the end of the day he's the only one responsible for whatever opinion the public may have of him. At the end of the day the portrait in question merely visually illustrates what a vast majority of South Africans think and have been thinking for years. Posted on 22 May 2012 10:06
Helen Zille or Eugene T are my least favourite people, but I would still be defending their constitutional rights against such victimisation. The artist or any South African for that matter has a right to freedom of expression, right to privacy and respect so is Zille, Eugene T. Why should Zuma be deprived these rights? Race aside, no matter what you think of the country’s President [who is at the office by majority vote] he is still the President, father and a fellow human being. Let’s not bring back the apartheid thinking that some people’s rights are less important than others. Posted on 22 May 2012 09:52
Gail, artistes have always been at the forefront of societal change. They offer insights, perspectives and critiques of our world that give us the opportunity to examine, discuss, debate and analyse this world we live in. In the struggle days, artistes were at the forefront of the struggle, giving voice to the voiceless and making sharp, incisive commentary about the Apartheid regime. The world came to deplore apartheid through the music, art, plays, poetry of its artistic community. It served a purpose then and continues to challenge our notions today. You say we are all entitled to our dignity and I agree. However, people who occupy public spaces, seek public office and purport to uphold the values of a democracy - deserve and must be seen to live those values. Jacob Zuma does not.Criminal charges, a rape acquittal and the umpteen wives that the taxpayer supports make him the antithesis of what a president of a country should be.
In a country where a woman is raped every 17 seconds, the sexual conduct of the President is highly relevant. Women are preyed upon in SA and as a woman I am appalled and disgusted by Jacob Zuma's inability to behave in a way that sets an example for this country.
What is the President known for? He's not instituted any far reaching, transformative policies. He has not impacted on the service delivery debacle, on education, on human rights?
He is known for his prolific activities in bed. He has made his mark with his penis. So I understand why Brett would want to show the only thing we will remember about this president - a rampant out of control penis. Posted on 22 May 2012 09:35