Innovative Use of ICT in Namibia for Nationhood: Special Emphasis on the Namibian Newspaper

Tutaleni I. Asino (Penn State University, USA), Hilary Wilder (William Paterson University, USA) and Sharmila Pixy Ferris (William Paterson University, USA)
Copyright: © 2012 |Pages: 61
EISBN13: 9781466602175|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60960-117-1.ch006
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Abstract

Namibia was under colonizing and apartheid rule for more than a century. In 1990, the country declared its independence, and since that time, great strides have been made in linking its rural communities into a national communications Grid that was previously inaccessible to them, often leapfrogging traditional landline telephone technologies with universal cellphone service. In addition, one newspaper, The Namibian, has been innovatively using newer communications technologies to maintain its historic role of nation-building. This study explores the use of SMS via cellphone and a traditional national newspaper in creating a sense of national identity that transcends geographic distances and a legacy of economic/political barriers.. The cell phone messages made it possible for the rural communities who have been left out of discussion relating to issues of development to be included. Like the old slogan, “information is power,” this chapter illustrates that the lives of some rural area dwellers have improved a result of a technological gadget, the mobile phone.
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