Africa: TV has really gone public

November 2, 2010 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

Picture CM: Watching the Chilean Match with random people [Bamako 2010]

It seems I’ve never lost the capacity of surprising myself with how individuals innovate through praxis. Being in West and East Africa, in the time of the Soccer World Cup [We would call it Football], I got to share the most interesting moments with people on the streets in front of a TV. Yes, “If we have, we share”, that’s the motto. I was facing the REAL PUBLIC TV…. Picture CM: Bamako, watching the match of Chile with Lasim.

Taking your television outside, to the street in order to provide the opportunity for others to watch is not a behavior just tied up with the World Cup.  This is the basis of sharing with your neighbors, what you have that they don’t. Soap Operas and other TV shows could be seen in the streets of some humble neighborhoods of Bamako, Accra, Ouagadougou and Zanzibar within others. And yes, the climate allows you to do this. And to avoid the water present in the rainy season, plastic bags would do the trick. TV companies… have you considered making an “outdoor” TV?
Picture CM: Mopti, Zanzibar, Bamako and Ouaga 2010


Entry filed under: Community, Social Design.

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Constanza Miranda PhD(c) design.anthro
* Currently @ DILAB
* Ex.VR @ Stanford's Center for Design Research [DesignXLab]
* Ex.Instructor @ PUC Chile [Design+Engineering]
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