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Are you Broadcasting your Stupidity?

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Hello blogmunity! (ok, lame) How’s it hanging?

Forgive me while I rant, but this pet peeve of mine just got upgraded to monumental-pain-in-the-ass status, and I have to vent or I’ll go crazy!

The issue in question? Broadcasts. Blackberry, WhatsApp, and you can name the rest. Can I get a rolling of eyes and a long hiss!

Seriously, it’s disgraceful the way broadcasts have been bastardized and turned into a tool for perpetrating mischief, by persons who in my opinion, exhibit symptoms of the mentally-challenged. And I say mentally-challenged because if logical, sensible mental processes did not present a challenge to them, they’d have realized what I’m about to say a long time ago.

People, broadcasts are meant to pass across useful, vital and CORRECT information, which the broadcaster agrees with and believes in. When used properly, they are an ingenious method of mass communication – the problem is, some people use broadcasts as a means to advertise their stupidity and disseminate false, slanderous information. As if that isn’t bad enough, others jump on the bandwagon because they have been threatened with one bad event of the other (7 years of bad luck for refusing to share? seriously?!?!) or have taken temporary leave of their senses.

Please, before you send a broadcast, show proof that you went to school have a functional brain and some semblance of common sense – ask yourself these questions:

  1. Is the English (or French, or whatever your language of preference is) used in this broadcast, one which I would feel comfortable using in a speech given to a crowd? (Because guess what? a broadcast is the virtual equivalent of a speech! You might want to check your broadcast for spelling, punctuation, homophones, nonsense, etc).
  2. Is the information in the broadcast true and verified BY YOU? (Else you are just a gossip with a smartphone and no backbone.)
  3. Is the information logical (!!!!! don’t get me started here) and relevant to the recipients? (There’s a reason why the option of choosing the recipients of a broadcast exists.)

If you can’t answer all of the questions above in the affirmative, DO NOT SEND THAT BROADCAST!

We need to remember that our words make an impression on those they are directed at; that people view us, and rate us, according to what we propagate. When you propagate rubbish, don’t be surprised if/when you are taken for a dustbin. If you absolutely have to broadcast, please do so in an intelligent, considerate manner.

Have broadcasts ever annoyed you? Tell me about it in the comment box below, and don’t forget to like this post, and subscribe too!

Woooossaaaaah….

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Lyrical tinz – Jovi

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So, I’ve heard so many people (me inclusive) say Cameroonian contemporary music needs an overhaul. I was surprised and quite frankly, a bit embarrassed to discover Jovi via a non-Cameroonian blog.

Born Ndukong Godlove Nfor (Grasslands Oyé!), Jovi is a university graduate turned passionate Hip-Hop artist, signed to one of Cameroon’s fastest rising record labels, MuMaK. His use of pidgin English alongside ‘grammar’ and some French thrown in here and there makes for some intriguing listening. I have to say I didn’t feel the message like I did the beat, but I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for his debut album “H.I.V.” (which stands for “Humanity Is Vanishing”) expected to drop in July.

 

Check out two of my favorite tracks of his so far. First up, ‘Don 4 Kwat’ … Go Jovi!!

 

Another of Jovi‘s tracks, titled ‘Pitié‘, is an adaptation of the 70’s hit of Congolese King of rhumba,  Tabu Ley Rochereau, titled Pitié Toi Mon Amour. I love the ‘old-school-meets-Fally-Ipupa’ vibe this song has going on …