FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

"Africa is a Country's" Phenom Summer Tumblr Reading List

Africa is a Country's Summer Tumblr Reading List

Africa is a Country is a great blog and twitter account.  A few weeks ago it put out a list of 'Africa' tumblr accounts.  Because they are tumblr blog their stories are mainly told through photos; below is their intro--go to their excellent site for the complete list.

From AIAC:
Tumblrs are basically micro blogs for lazy readers who want some eye-candy. They are usually about photos; and tumblr is one of the new genres of social media that rewards one for being able to curate the work of others without the fear of a lawsuit, thus far. Most tumblrs are judged by the number of other tumblrs following them … brings back memories of myspace.com. In picking tumblrs for your viewing consideration while AIAC takes a break in August, I tried out some loose guidelines in the hopes of being fair to all: AIAC tumblr was not considered despite how much we know you love it … do check it out though, in case you previously ignored us. Our tumblr editor will love you for it. I tried to stay on message and only considered tumblrs that dealt specifically with Africa. Hybrids mixing African topics with other topics were dropped out of contention. I also tried to drop off any tumblr that had Africa or Afrika in its name. But that was impossible as some of the best of the best all fail this test. So scratch that. I considered different genres and topics in the spirit of diversity but in the end I just gave up on that too and went with what I liked. Without further ado, here are my top photo tumblrs, not in any particular order, that I think you should be following if you have any interest in Africa. With these tumblrs, a picture is definitely worth a thousand words.

The 37thState tumblr is a venture of a collective of filmmakers in Lagos. Based on their posts, one can easily tell that these are film-makers with good taste. They feature style, culture — rural or urban — and never fail to make one think “beauty” when one goes through their blog. I want whatever they are on at the 37th State.

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