When it comes to YouTube, the majority of clips that I choose watch are informative, and so channels like DNews, It’s Okay to Be Smart, Last Week Tonight and Vox et al. all make a strong showing on my YouTube front page. I particularly enjoy Seeker Daily (formerly known as TestTube Network), which, as they themselves state, is a channel “is committed to answering the smart, inquisitive questions people have about life, society, politics and anything else happening in the news. It’s a place where curiosity rules and together we’ll get a clearer understanding of this crazy world we live in.”
So I was rather pleased this week when my beloved country South Africa popped onto their radar for a bit.
Sadly though, it was for all the wrong reasons, because the question they were tackling for the day was “How Corrupt is South Africa?”.
It is of course not the whole or even an completely informed version of the story, but it is perhaps an excellent representation of how South Africa does currently look in the eyes of the West.
Which is a bit of a pity to be honest.
This isn’t a fair picture. The country as a whole is not corrupt, just certain aspects – and those are almost entirely at the points where business meets government. In other words, the exact same problem that occurs all over the world, to both rich and poor countries alike!