A few years ago the title of this post would have sounded bizarre, but its happening. From Fiji to Madagascar, we are observing the affect of web access on indigenous cultures. 99% of web access in these countries is by the wealthy few, but in some villages children walk hours to schools lucky enough to have a web connection. Village chiefs in Fiji often have mobile phones, and last month Vodafone Fiji starting offering iPhone. This will undoubtedly make web access in villages more prevalent.
Network television in these places is usually limited to a couple channels covering news, sports and shows from the 70s and 80s. With the web's ability to take a villager anywhere that interests her, where will she go? Based on my informal poll, popular subjects include American hip-hop culture, celebrities and sports (in Fiji, primarily Rugby.) I'll be interested to see how villages in Fiji and Madagascar evolve based on this exposure over a five to ten year period. I guess I have another excuse to return to two of my favorite locales.
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