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VOF Week 3:(Technological shock)

My first encounter with a computer was in 2001 when I enrolled at university for my degree. Talk of technology shock. But like many other students, the computer presented a new task that we had to overcome first before mastering other courses.
In Zimbabwe, like other developing countries, a computer is one of the luxuries that many cannot afford. Getting to know computers so late in life is one of the challenges I face in blogging. There is no computer culture in our lives. There is little knowledge in our lives of how broad life is and how blogging can liberate our minds, open new links and windows that we have never dreamt. In our class of nineteen students at university, only one student could use the computer. This is the trend at most universities in the country. Those who do not go to university may never have a chance to use a computer.
While I was fortunate to have an opportunity to know and use computers, there are a number of challenges to blogging that I face. Currently, my only access to the computer and internet facilities is at work. I only have to go to my blog after doing my office duties. Time is so limited that I hardly have the chance to make correspondences and share ideas with other women. After work and during weekends there is no access, yet this is the best time for me to participate in discussions on Pulse Wire.
Besides the computer, I find it difficult to use the programming language, HTML to alter text and the layout on my blog to give it a personal touch and to capture the eyes of readers to important issues. This is my biggest blow to my participation in citizen journalism.
To overcome these challenges I draft most of my work in my notebook and extend my time at work so that I can use the internet during lunch and after working hours. I also use the internet to learn more about blogging and about HTML. Alternatively, I go to the internet café and quickly go through my blog, posting and responding to correspondences. This of course creates a huge dent on my lean purse but it is worth it.
In the long term I plan to purchase a second hand computer, which may set me back at a cost of USD300, a USB flash drive for USD15 and antivirus for USD10. This will enable me to download documents, write assignments and articles for my blog and then save everything on the flash drive to be posted at a lower cost at the internet café. I will also need to purchase a small digital camera so that I became a well equipped and effective citizen journalist. Once I am equipped and capacitated, I will then be in a position to build the capacities of other children in my community so that they do not suffer the computer shock I experienced at university.


Nzasu's picture

Miss Zimbabwe

2001 gosh thats rather late! I touched my first computer when I was 14 probably around 1999.My dad had just come back from a trip to Singapore and he brought us a computer.So in a bid to enjoy this new gift we would always be around it.My brother was in college then so he took advantage of us, and he would make us type his essays.It was fun fun for us then! But now I realized I was exploited..I also joined the computer class in high school but that was more of programming and using computers to problem solve through algorithms stuff that I find rather boring!

I like your plan am looking to get a laptop too, or better yet a blackberry or iphone but the cost! I think you should consider the blackberry or the iphone.

Nzasu's picture

Miss Zimbabwe

I forgot to mention for the camera you should get a video camera.The one I recommend is the flips camera the easiest video camera in the world to use. Visit the site its cheap too costs about$150 and you can take pictures with it too.Picture and video more mediums for you to communicate.My sister got me one buts shes in the states, so am now waiting for her to come shes coming in June or if someone comes before her I can get it cant wait cant wait!

cad_communication's picture


Thanks. I will also check the price in Botswana or South Africa.*Our neighbouring countries(

Katie McDonald's picture

Thank you

Hello cad_communication,

Thanks for sharing your views on blogging this week. I think it is really great how far you have come in such a short time. Computers are a whole new realm and not one that is easily mastered, yet here you are...well done!

I appreciate the challenges that you face in terms of accessing a computer and admire your committment and determination to continue communicating through this medium.

It is great that you have a clear vision for what you would like to do with blogging, if and when you have your own computer.

Best wishes.


JMKELLAM's picture

Listening to you

I am amazed at how far you have come since learning computer use at college. You are a natural blogger. You wrote about the obstacles but in such a positive way that I almost forget they were obstacles. It is clear from your writing that you are a positive upbeat person.

I wish you luck on your future endeavors.


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