Very valid point. How often does the actual idea & deployment come from the agency on a particular campaign? Especially within digital.... best is when a brief comes up for the same campaign from different agencies... help us with our pitch. From pitch to delivery....16,5% ;-) Posted on 4 Jul 2012 16:21
Women's Day on 9 August commemorates the national march by 20 000 women to protest against the 'pass' laws. Led by legendary struggle stalwarts such as Albertina Sisulu, Lilian Ngoyi and Helen Joseph, this day serves to remind our entire country that women have been fighting since before 1956 (when the March took place) and ever since, for human rights in this country. Initially I thought your remarks flippant and ignorant - but perhaps at the time the women of our country could have been compared to disabled horses - disabled by an unjust system like so many South Africans were. You may not feel the need to celebrate what those women did, but there are many who do. Some research into what our public holidays are for might go a long way?? Posted on 4 Jul 2012 16:14
Hahaha!! I heard something the other day that ties in so well with this article that said: A man that believes a woman's place is in the kitchen clearly does not know what to do with her in the bedroom ;) Posted on 4 Jul 2012 15:38
David, I respect your view but allow me volunteer mine to you. Today many young people, such as myself, do care about legal matters, money and politics. You need only to monitor social media to see just how much young people care about sharing their opinions with the community and the world about a whole host of subjects. We are not all about music, sex, drugs and parties as perceived. For example Y-FM, during its first generation of DJs, had a slot called the Youth Crossfire which was hosted by the young and talented Paul “Rudeboy” Mnisi. It was a show that dealt with various topics affecting the youth and it was very successful. Another one was P.Y.G. by Khaba “Khabzela” Fana. Both Presenters/DJs, especially Mnisi, were young when they started hosting their shows. Despite their ages they had voices of authority without talking down at their audience. They also had enough life experiences to relate with their audience and both slots had considerable listenership figures. I have worked in radio since 2004 and in my observation I feel that many young people are hungry for talk radio content dedicated to them. With that said, I disagree that programme directors are dumping veterans to chase the money stream of youth. Many veterans are recycled from station to station. The youth is often ignored by many programme directors by virtue of their age. The potential of young people is often undermined by the “You don't need young talk show hosts as they would have no audience, talk radio requires you to be a student of the University of Life with a voice of authority and personal experience…” kind of thinking. You were young and inexperienced at one stage of your career. I also looked up to you when we worked together at RADIO-TODAY. As young people we need people such as you to be for us and not against us. The youth, with discipline, education and determination should be respected, groomed and given a chance to secure the quality and future of talk radio in South Africa. - Twitter: @LeloMzaca Posted on 4 Jul 2012 11:23
Exactly. You have hit the nail on the head. I hope that you won't call yourself a closeted feminist any more, and will visit FeministsSA.com because I think you might enjoy it. Posted on 4 Jul 2012 10:55
Until I was 30 I would never have listened to talk radio, who gave a crap about politics and legal matters or money talk - I was too busy having fun - oh yes I forgot we never had talk radio it wasn't allowed under the Nats. Talk radio will not die quietly, as people get older their values change, they take more interest in current affairs and politics as they become more concerned for their children and family values. You don't need young talk show hosts as they would have no audience, talk radio requires you to be a student of the University of Life with a voice of authority and personal experience, it also requires that you are able to communicate in something other than SMS speak. So I think you are somewhat disillusioned Tali and don't worry the veterans will all get dumped in favour of younger presenters as ill-informed programme directors chase the money stream of youth. Posted on 3 Jul 2012 21:19
Talk Radio shows go on for too long..... they become utterly boring..... they are all on simultaneously..... They harp on the same subjects... they stir up racial hatred..... They are depressing..... the hosts can't pronounce the "e" in English words so you can hardly understand them - even the English speakers..... they are misinformed.... they grab at hype-media subjects to stir up trouble ....... they are repetitive ..... Some people would like to maybe listen to music in the mornings or something else. They all have the sports reviews at the same times.... at exactly 25 past 7 they have someone scoring a soccer goal...... PLEASE get rid of Talk Shows on Radio...... The only program worth listening to is Nancy Richards. Thanks Put that in your pipe and smoke it...! Thanks Posted on 3 Jul 2012 19:28
You have a point there,celebrities are just air headed individuals who breath to make money and sell their status.We as the students need to take a stand and fight for our platforms.We study hard to be the anchors of the news in the country,we need to let the industry that we are available and ready to give back to the Institutions and communities that have groomed us Posted on 3 Jul 2012 15:59
It's not actually written in the Constitution that we're a 'free market' democracy, just that we're a democracy.
The history of this country has given you an immense 'subsidy' in the form of the language you speak, the place you live, the education you received and the people you know – a subsidy that far outweighs any subsidies of water and electricity received by anyone in this country. What's more, the cheap energy you've enjoyed most of your life constitutes a generational subsidy – future generations are having their economic prospects destroyed by the climate change effects of your lifestyle.
Free education, on the other hand, is guaranteed by the Constitution, but denied in practice.
This is a country where the richest 20% of people earn 38 times what the poorest earn. The same ratio for the US is 8. So squealing about communism reveals rather startling historical amnesia, economic ignorance and entitlement. And it's that kind of entitlement – the arrogance of the rich and privileged – that's actually holding this country back – the kind of entitlement that climbs to privilege on the back of the apartheid subsidy, and then kicks away the ladder and squeals self-righteously about anyone else getting similar direct assistance. If this country ever goes the way of Zimbabwe, it will be that kind of entitlement, not poor folk wanting lights and water, that are responsible. Posted on 3 Jul 2012 15:50
Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. There are not meaningful free speech rights in America unless you are rich and powerful.
The US Supreme Court in its recent Citizens United and American Tradition Partnership cases essentially said that rich folks in America can drown out the free speech of all other people, and that it is ok for rich folks to use their wealth advantage to control the political discourse in America by essentially buying (legal bribery) politicians with unlimited campaign contributions.
If America wants to be taken seriously as a leader of free speech rights around the world, it must first clean up its own free speech problem, in which the only speech that reaches the vast majority of people is the speech that is carefully filtered through the national mainstream corporate-owned media who are not inclined to offend the interests of rich folks that pay their bills through paid advertising.
And how much "dissent" do we hear in the media of countries friendly to the United States, and why isn't America concerned about free speech rights in these countries? Whether it is Israel, Saudi Arabia, and a wide range of dictatorships that supported America's so-called war on terrorism, America looks the other way on a wide range of human rights abuses, including free speech.
Can you even imagine the American government criticizing Israel for shutting down websites of those exposing the state terrorism of Israel against the Palestinian people? No! And this is why America can not play a leadership role on these issues around the world.
Sri Lanka does NOT want to be like America - we do not want to "pretend" we are concerned about free speech rights but only allow meaningful free speech for rich folks. We also DO want to maintain a civil discourse in the press, in which the dissemination of the truth is paramount, rather than protecting the right to lie in public. America needs to respect Sri Lanka's right to chart a different course based on Buddhist values, just like it respects the right of Jews to assert Jewish values as supreme in Israel. Otherwise, America is essentially saying Jewish people are superior to Buddhist people, a view that Sri Lanka squarely and firmly rejects. Posted on 3 Jul 2012 15:49
I see where you are coming from, Tali, and I do agree about the “danger” that talk radio could face in the future. As a young broadcaster, the perspective is that young journalists are not given enough platforms by the big players in this genre of broadcast to practice and develop their skills behind their microphones. Their training slots are reserved for the inexperienced chancers but not the young and qualified. When I’m talking about young journalist I’m referring to people in their late teens to their late twenties. In my experience, I have found that a number of talk radio stations have a “minimum age” requirement before they can even look at you CV or give you an audition. The reason I once heard is that one needs to have certain “life experience” to be able to hold down a commercial talk radio show. What a load of hogwash! There are a many young talk-show hosts in community radio stations who are in need of their big break but by the time they have reached the “minimum age” required to be given a chance, they have to compete with commonplace public figures who have a tendency of using radio to make a quick buck. Some of the community radio veterans just lose patience and passion and end up being swallowed by the corporate world because at the end of the day they simply have bills to pay. In simple sports terms, there is a lack of adequate generational transformation and youth development in commercial talk-radio. This is the reason why we see a lot of presenter-recycling and so-called celebrities given radio jobs that should really be handed to young journalists who are spending their lives trying to make a career out of this vocation called journalism. Twitter: @LeloMzaca Posted on 3 Jul 2012 15:35
5 years ago the iPhone had just been launched to the superior chuckles of the likes of RIM, Microsoft and Nokia. Now just this one device, there is only one with different size memory chips, makes around the same profit as Exxon Mobil and unfortunatley Nokia, Blackberry (RIM) and windows mobile (Nokia at this stage) are toast.
In the 1960's Theodore Levitt wrote a fascinating article called "Marketing Myopia" go read it - it tells you why this all happened.
RIM, Nokia, Palm are all case studies of big organisations who because of their size forget to understand what business they are in, they had Marketing Myopia. Posted on 3 Jul 2012 13:53