Tuesday, September 08, 2009

I'm Famous!

LOL. Not really.

But the authors of Ethnicity Inc. refer to me and a blog post that I published about the plan of the Royal Bafokeng Nation to install Internet services in my home village, Phokeng. [more of a footnote, really:-)]

Still, it felt weird reading my words in the book. And I was mildly freaked out by the realisation that once you publish something in the Internet, your words can spread to places you never even dreamt they could reach, and have unintended consequences.

To paraphrase Lord of the Rings' Frodo, when he spoke about his uncle Bilbo Baggins: "It's a dangerous business, Damaria, blogging on the Internet. Once you publish your words on your blog, there is no telling where they might be swept off to."

P.S. Ethnicity Inc. is a penetrating account of the ways in which ethnic populations are remaking themselves in the image of the corporation—while corporations coopt ethnic practices to open up new markets and regimes of consumption. It was released last week, and is available at Exclusive Books.

Thanks Sue, for the heads up.

And in the second episode of Kwanda


Barbs said...

Oh wow that is very cool, congrats on your next step in to being famous

Laura said...

That is so lekker!!! WELL DONE :)

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