Sunday, May 28, 2017

Re: USA Africa Dialogue Series - Re: Moderator's Gratitude: Samuel Zalanga


Here we go again.

"How sharper than a serpent's tooth" indeed. It's known as freedom of speech and freedom to interpret and to misinterpret, even purposefully.

Just see how we can twist words around. That dreaded word, censorship! Thanks to you, "the misguided warriors of parochialism among us" now sticks out like a sore thumb.

In some fora, the moderator is always there, as invisible as a god from one of the local pantheons/ planets, until you you step out of line; maybe you can sense his /her presence and watch your step, especially if he/she does not share your political, tribal or religious affiliation. In some other fora, the moderator is supposed to act like the whip in the House of Commons: "Order!" - and you may not call another Hon. Gentleman "a liar" as the late Rev. Ian Paisley once did, and not be rewarded with some disciplinary measure or other.

Fortunately for us all, Professor Falola is a moderator and participant . As to your recommendation that he should disallow postings from "the misguided warriors of parochialism among us" - so far, our moderator has not taken the role of censuring other people's rights to opinions (although when based on ignorance the correction could be forthcoming, usually not from the moderator.

There have been many heated discussions, debates, without the moderator's divine intervention. Admit it Chidi: It's great that in cyberspace the disagreements about e.g. Biafra , Boko Haram, Fulani Herdsmen, Her Majesty's Grammar or diction, do not get physical. In which case some bozo gets outmanoeuvred, out gunned, defeated...

These are like memorable lines of poetry : "Question for Obi to advance this robust argument which I am enjoying until someone takes us back to a primitive moment by useless name calling:" ( TF)


In some other fora , the moderator intervenes to save his pal's ass (the pal being some serial high degree thief, pal wants to be king of his duckpond, believes the whole world of ignoramuses is spellbound by his genius. In the first Saro forum which I joined in 2003, I was "suspended" more than a dozen times for periods ranging from two weeks to a couple of months and a few months before Brother Obama was elected, literally back to a primitive moment , a picture of Sarah Palin in the arms of King Kong was too much for them - and so I was banished - forever. (I'm sure that if there was a hell below cyberspace, that moderator & his pal would have sent me to solitary confinement down there, below the below. Some folks who are foreign to science fiction think that the world of words is a kindergarten or a university as if word and world are fiction...

Cross The Green Mountain

On Sunday, 28 May 2017 23:36:51 UTC+2, Chidi Anthony Opara wrote:
It is not about Samuel Zalanga.It is about negative labeling of divergent methods of expressing opinions.

We can appreciate Zalanga without negatively labelling those who may have choosen different methods of expression.

Negative labelings are often used to shoot down viewpoints that do not conform to ours.

Finally,I least expected that statement from the moderator because I believe that he bears some responsibilities to all viewpoints expressed here.


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