Thursday, 7 February 2013

NCIC should be lauded for pointing out the horror of Kenyan Grammar on Social Media

There is nothing worse than a meaningless report and this week the NCIC take the cake for producing the most pointless findings ever to be discovered off social media.  The NCIC have proudly announced that Kenyans have turned to coded language ahead of the polls, codes which may or may not have negative connotations and may or may not be hate speech and may lead to such codes becoming used by future generations. Babbling and baffling? Of course! But I know where the problem is.

NCIC while trolling social media came across Generation XAXA. Believe me, even the lackluster anthropologist Kibunjia and his team of online prefects were certainly discombobulated by Generation XAXA and their “coded” language. It takes the bravest soul to even try and understand a sentence produced by a member of this generation. These young ones are believed to be in their late teens and early 20s, in college and armed with unlimited facebook courtesy of our mobile phone service providers. 

Generation XAXA, so dubbed because of their use of the letter X to replace S, are not, as Mzalendo Kibunjia and the NCIC believe,  hate mongers, though they certainly have decimated the English and swahili languages in a hateful and malicious manner. Take this statement for example, “Tnx 2o8 Goni”. No, it’s not code for “I hate a certain ethnic community” this means, “Thanks.  Tuonane jioni.” (Thanks. Let’s see each other in the evening).

With whole social forums filled with such “codes” from Generation XAXA it’s no wonder that the NCIC were alarmed that the language being used could or could not be hate speech.
Of course really the blame for such utter confusion lies with a body that has too much money and too few brain cells between them such that they can actually undertake to administrate or is it prefect and monitor social media.

 Mark Zuckerberg and his fine team of experts already created the “report group/page” function, specificly installed to curb hate pages, groups and offensive material online. Unlike the NCIC, once a page is reported a (real) analysis is made of content and feedback is given within 24 hours. Also, anyone will a passable understanding of how social media works will note the “leave group" button, and also the “block” option. In short. NCIC decided to waste 3 months doing what face book is already doing. 

Let’s face some real facts about NCIC. Firstly, they have no idea what hate speech means. Ok, who would expect an abysmal anthropologist to understand a legal term anyway? Secondly they are great at utilizing public funds in pointless endeavors while real hate and fear mongers take to the airwaves daily, preaching all kinds of ethnic and tribal drivel. I think Mzalendo Kibunjia has perfected the art of being not just deaf but certainly dumb in this regard.

Social media is a preserve of urban youth, aged between 16 and 35. This forms the greater population online. So it begs the question of how NCIC found 1,233 users of social media from a total of 39 counties a suitable sample to conclude that indeed, codes were being used and possibly, maybe, could be, might be for negative reasons but also maybe for positive reasons.

I think the only thing that NCIC should be congratulated for is noting that there is indeed a horrific special language online that is perpetuated by Generation XAXA that needs urgent and immediate attention. I dare say they may be right in arresting the twit who conjured up “Tnx 2o8 Goni”.

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