All over the world, many imagined the internet would be the most significant and consequential invention of the 20th century. But barely over ... one decade into the 21st, are we ready to put the final nails in its coffin? Rather than build a movement to save the internet, mostly we are debating which undertaker will do the honors.
The summer blockbuster Marvel's Avengers opened to record numbers in the United States and around the world. With an opening gross in excess ... of 200 million dollars, the mega hit recorded the highest opening ever for a three day weekend putting the film on course to make in excess of 700 million dollars in US box office receipts alone. A figure that can only be matched by James Cameron's Avatar, which made roughly $750 million in North American theaters.
Shauna and her colleague Simon, who is quite the ladies' man, are on a mission to dissect an energy sector initiative that binds the national ... electricity utility and a private company together in a murky concession agreement. Some remote areas of the KwaZulu-Natal province are laden with inadequate electricity services and underdevelopment in a backdrop of partnerships among "parties that have no communication whatsoever", and Shauna wants to get to the bottom of it. Following a number of spats, one of which makes Shauna feel like a "prize idiot", the two colleagues evoke the philosophies of Ubuntu.
Another firestorm over racism in America burns nationwide in the wake of the February murder of Florida teen Trayvon Martin. Yet, consistent ... with past practice the dynamic of denial corrodes America's latest occasion for a 'national conversation' on race.