"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


Aid Thoughts has a really nice post on the "Did MSF-UK go too far with its "Boy" ad?" controversy. I'm not going to wade into that debate because there's not much more to say about the issue. It's kindof like being Catholic. Either you think it works or you don't. Or you're disgusted that "poverty porn" often seems to be the only way to raise awareness of these issues.

In his post, Matt included this fantastic reading of Binyavanga Wainaina’s “How Not to Write about Africa" by Djimon Honsou. I hope it makes its way to some of our foreign correspondents and op-ed columnists (especially those at the - cough - Paper of Record) who traffic in stereotypes and print things that are demonstrably false and clearly not fact-checked on an alarmingly regular basis. Soon.


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