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The Twilight Zone….

Well…it’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog and I thought to myself and said hey! you really need to put something up.  So, what’s been on my mind lately? Well…the twilight zone.  You know that zone between fantasy and fiction. Yup.  I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately.

It began with a conversation I was having with someone about the online gaming company called Zynga and how the founder of that company has convinced millions of people to go to his site and spend even more millions on virtual toys.  The guy is brilliant and when Zynga goes public he’ll be worth a cool billion dollars (you can read a very interesting article about him and his company here in Vanity Fair).

Anyway, during our conversation about Zynga (we were actually talking about buying some stock when it goes public) — a friend mentioned how facebook rarely has negative stories pasted on it’s board (& since Zynga gets most of its players from facebook) this whole twilight zone of fantasy and fiction was all tied into one and we were talking about how people really, really, really, want to get away from reality by joining forums such as facebook and by playing virtual games at Zynga and to make a long story short because of this desire for the twilight zone, buying Zynga stock would be a good idea.

However, continuing on this theme of people not wanting to confront reality, I then mentioned twitter and I said, 95% of the tweets from Kenyans emanate from this twilight zone.  If you read the tweets from Kenya (I told her) and you’d never been to the country, you’d think they were talking about a combination of Silicon Valley and the French Riviera.

Luckily though, their tweets are very different from other people I follow from the rest of the world who tend to “keep it real” in terms of their analysis and views on particular subjects, which was my initial attraction to twitter — i.e. it was NOT like facebook in that it was more issue oriented and because you were limited to 140 characters, you had no choice, but to get to make your point quickly and succintly.

Then, I moved on to talking to a different person, this time it was a guy from Somalia and he was telling me about how he had to escape from the civil war — His father put him in a truck that was headed for the Kenyan border (or so he thought) and told him to just get the hell out of Somalia. They had not seen signs that the country was on a downward spiral and were caught unaware.  In other words, they were living in the twilight zone and didn’t see it coming.

So, what conversations have you had recently with people that signalled to you that perhaps you may have been veering off into the twilight zone? into a land of intellectual fiction and fantasy? :shock:

5 comments for “The Twilight Zone….

  1. faith
    December 1, 2011 at 9:58 am

    really guys,this is abt how kenyan one is or isn’t! You should change your perception of the ‘kenyan life’ first then then air your opinion

  2. Julius
    July 28, 2011 at 7:16 am

    The problem with most partcipants on this blog is that they have an armchair understanding of Kenya mainly because of the following reasons:
    1. They are not kenyan
    2. They are kenyans living in diaspora
    3. They are confortable middle and upper class kenyans
    4. They are kenyans suffering too much that they have lost objectivity

    For you to fully understand kenya, you need to be a well educated “kawaida” kenyan living in kenya who has struggled to live through the problems in kenya. Such a person is fully exposed to all the problems and opportunities and can make objective contributions to topics under discussion.
    I stand to be corrected..

  3. Julius
    July 28, 2011 at 6:58 am

    I bet most people who participate on this blog do not understand kenya coz they are either not kenyans or are kenyan in diaspora. You cannot understand kenya if you don’t live in kenya and you are just a normal guy in the streets.

  4. Nuru
    July 17, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    ke,

    You must be the one living in twilight zone. You seem to have a very strange pre-occupation with Kenya. Drop the fetish and move on to other things. You can make better use of your time.(I think)

    You need to make up your mind and get out of the twilight zone.

  5. Julius
    July 12, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Thinking that Kenya will soon become an ICT powerhouse when it cannot feed 10 out of its 38 million people is living in the twilight zone. Should invest in food security first then invest the the white elephants like the Malili ICT park and expensive fibre optic cables.

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