Conversations are now elevated and scrutinized in an amphitheatre of social media. There are those that spectate, speculate, and jump on the bandwagon - whether that's with good intentions, or to kill the show. The Internet means that people don't forget words, and events are recorded forever at the end of a web search. Over time, the moment, context and goodwill crumbles away...
What drives this myth is anecdote. It is the old economic fallacy of noticing only that which is seen and ignoring that which is not seen. It is obvious when an immigrant is given a job before a native, you can see it with your own eyes, you hear about it from friends. However it is difficult, even impossible, to see the jobs being created as a result of the influx of immigrants.
The British Bank Holiday is a notoriously slow news day. Unless an untoward sighting of a royal backside occurs, hapless journalists are tied to their telephones in half empty offices hoping for a story to emerge. If the sun is shining and their spouses are burying their children in sand on British beaches, the misery of their Babylonian captivity is heightened.
Congratulations to Channel 4 who've discovered - following the success of My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding - the elixir for TV success: a tabloidy title; a hackneyed premise; a sprinkle of polemic farcical characters; a dash of cultural superiority; and a simple reduction of complex issues into black and white. Or in this case, brown.
Four years ago today, gunmen under orders from Burma's dictatorship came to a house in Thailand in broad daylight and shot dead a man as he sat on his veranda. The man who was assassinated was the General Secretary of the Karen National Union (KNU), Padoh Mahn Sha Lah Phan, one of the most prominent spokesmen for Burma's ethnic nationalities.
The mission of Russians has always been to unify and hold together their civilization through culture, language and global responsibility. This identity is based on maintaining a Russian culture that embraces not only ethnic Russians but anyone who identifies themselves as a Russian regardless of ethnic identity.
One of the points made in that previous blog was a feeling that the media was only interested in hearing from black or other ethnic minorities when problems occurred in those communities. Well I can't complain about a lack of black faces on TV over the last 3 to 4 days now. What I have been seeing over the last 4 days are attempts by Black politicians, community leaders and community workers to explain something that many of them do not really seem to grasp that well themselves.