in perusing my regular blogs (over there on the left), i found a link to a vso study on why the images of poor, starving ethiopians during the live aid campaign have caused negative implications in the stereotype of africans. now, this is not revolutionary in idea, but it is good to see research collected on the lasting impacts of that media campaign. after a full read, i do think the research is biased in that it is totally poo-pooing on the media and on western views of developing countries while also saying that we have so much to learn from them (which may, or may not, be true, but it seems a bit cheeky to push that so much towards the end of the report when that wasn't the stated focus of the research). but, it is worth a read.
and i should send it to the next person who tells me they want to go to africa to volunteer in an orphanage.
in other news, i have found a travel partner to join me in south africa, my mom! yay. i am even more excited about this trip now! so much to sort out before then, but lots of time to do it. should we visit the wineries, should we go to the district six museum, should we go up table mountain, should we go to simons point for breakfast and to see the penguins, should we visit my friends in the townships???
and speaking of trips, i am all packed and ready to go for the juan de fuca trail... i have two sets of insoles for my hiking boots in hopes that one of them will avoid my crying due to foot pain and i bringing along a bottle of extra strength advil, which seem to do the trick.
i just need to pop out and see if i can find some 2nd skin and then i am off to victoria! eek.