Cliff, this is a very interesting line of argument -- if this way of
using the internet through an intermediary is a general practice in
Africa because of the lack of connectivity, it might mean amending some
of the theories of Internet communication from the idea of the Internet
as a many-to-one or individualised, customised form of communication to
one that is similar to the two-step flow of communication, where
information is mediated by leaders or representatives in society.

Can you perhaps point me to some case studies of this type of mediation,
or to specific examples? Thanks


Cliff Missen wrote:

> Today, villager's messages are being delivered on paper to a Internet
> Cafe and then transcribed into email for delivery worldwide by someone
> who holds an email account. There may someday be a SERVICE that enhances
> this informal relationship to the point where a single "griot" can
> manage email accounts for hundreds of clients through a simple handheld
> device. It'll take a little tweaking of the current email and client
> software, but it's very possible.

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