[Air-l] re: The West African Scam

robert m. tynes rtynes at u.washington.edu
Tue Feb 26 12:12:52 PST 2002


Let's drop the word *primary* and then maybe we can talk about West Africa
and stereotyping.

-Robert

On Tue, 26 Feb 2002, Lachlan Brown wrote:

> The experience of western technology in
> West Africa seems to be mediated by multinational mining corporations,
> personal and corruption, killings, and desperate pleas. It is little wonder that
> one of the primary uses of email from
> West Africa is variation on this dreadful
> tale.
>
> As with so many things about internet’s
> re-distributive aspects tied with these
> new mediations of our world, we are seeing
> our culture represented in ways that are
> unfamiliar, strange and implausible to us,
> but actually tell it like it is from the
> perspective of people in West Africa.
>
>
> Westerners look like people who would buy
> into this kind of thing and approve of
> the method of sales.
>
>
> Lachlan Brown
>
>
>
>
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