CLAUDIA HARRISON: One day on Jammie Plaza some friends and I were looking at various apps such as Instagram and Twitter, when all of a sudden one of my friends was asking my advice on whether she should swipe left or right on Tinder. Never having used the app before, I was surprised at its user-friendly interface.
Tinder is an app designed for you to meet people in your area. You can set your gender, age and distance preferences. Like many apps these days, Tinder uses your Facebook profile (specifically your “About Me’ section, “likes’ and friends list). Through use of an algorithm you are then matched to like-minded people in your area.
While doing research for this article, I downloaded Tinder to see what the fuss was all about. I saw many familiar faces and clicked “like” as a gesture of friendship on my part, because I don’t think anyone likes being told that they are not good enough based solely on how they look.
SAARA MOWLANA: Famous for his satirical comic caricatures of political figures, Zapiro is no stranger to receiving flack for standing up for his beliefs. During ‘UCT Civic Week’, Zapiro came to campus on Tuesday, August 12th, to give a talk based on his work and how he handles backlash responses.
NKHENSANI MANABE: Consider the zombie. Rotting former human, escaped from the grave, growling with arms stretched out, eating the brains of anything that walks along its path. It sparked a dance craze in the 80s, and it has been the stuff of nightmarish movie scenes for even longer. The end of the world as we know it is a topic that fascinates so many people, and makes up the content of so much popular media, that it is almost as if people look forward to some type of Armageddon.
QUENTIN COETZEE: A decision has been taken to establish an ad-hoc committee to investigate the President's response to the Public Protector's Nkandla report. That report was released five months ago, and the fact that Zuma keeps delaying his response makes it seem like he is just trying to avoid punishment, if his previous actions in this matter haven’t already rung alarm bells.
DEAN HORWITZ: Over the past few years articles and reports have used an abundance of statistics to inform and justify the argument that graduate unemployment is a rising concern in South Africa. Using real life examples of graduates unable to find work, articles and reports have led us to believe that graduate unemployment is a substantial issue facing our economy. But is this really the status quo?
According to the Labour Force Survey, 25% of South Africans are unemployed with 70% of these people under the age of 35. Even more striking is that the unemployment rate for South Africans under the age of 25 is over 50% and growing each quarter. These numbers are terrifying and suggest that South Africa is facing a growing youth unemployment problem which will negatively affect the economy for years to come.
KATY SCOTT: I stand with my mouth hanging as, “Would you like a bag?” becomes the most perplexing question I have had to answer all week. Do I want a bag? What do I even want, really?
I hit this point, usually once a week, where I just have no bloody clue. Thoughts and desires hurtle about in my head and bang against my forehead. Everything I was ever once certain about turns to mish-mashed potatoes. Supper. At least I know what I’m having for supper tonight.
I fear that there is no light, and I’m pretty convinced that I’m in a ditch, not a tunnel. It’s like I’ve been given a lucky packet filled with PMS, stress and distress. Don’t try to ask me what I’m feeling, I don’t know, (and I might depress you with my answer). Where to from here?
LAURIE SCARBOROUGH: So firstly, welcome back to UCT, fine people who read this column. Good on you to brave the mountainous campus for another four months (and for reading my column every edition). If your holiday was anything like mine, it was far from restful. If you flip over to the Features section you’ll see that I was involved in a musical at the Artscape, and rehearsal were almost daily, stretching into the darkest hours of the night. Very exciting and everything – dreams come true, standing ovations, gold stars, etc etc.
Besides the obvious stand-out moments of being on a stage that every performer lives for, I think one of things that will stick with me is the sheer amount of make-up that is smeared on your face in your pre-show preparation.
PARUSHA NAIDOO: Sexism, ageism and (South Africa’s personal favourite) racism, are generally the dominant themes that come to mind when we enter into heated debates about discrimination. But wait, there is another “ism” to add to our list of prejudices - accentism. Your response may be “Did she just make that up?”
While the word was underlined in red when I typed it, it does exist, at least that’s what Google tells me. Accentism essentially refers to the discrimination of someone based on their accent. So beyond skin tone, hair colour and gender, our accents act as signallers. We unconsciously associate accents with class, education and cultural backgrounds. We instantly form attitudes towards people based on their twangs and drawls.
LAURIE SCARBOROUGH: Too many times have I heard the refrain “if you don’t vote, you can’t complain”. It seems a rather narrow and weakly supported view that is dropped into conversation around election time. And while my left thumb is still stained a henna brown, I thought I’d be the devil’s advocate for a day.
So firstly, as a wise comedian by the name of George Carlin once said, “If you vote, you have no right to complain.” Dear Georgie argues that as soon as you participate in the voting system, you enter into the “game”, if you will. Voting has rules, and one of those rules is that somebody wins. You have accepted the invitation to the game and played it. You legitimise the voting system, even if you disagree with it on some level, by participating. You are then responsible (or collectively responsible with the other 18 million people who voted) for the outcome of the vote, regardless of whether your party wins or not, because you accepted the rules. He argues that someone who doesn’t vote, therefore has every right to complain because they are not responsible for the scoreboard results.
KATY SCOTT: It sits untouched in the assignments tab on Vula. You browse by every once in a while to check up on it with some vague hope that it may have disappeared.
Oh would you be so lucky. As the due date draws closer you reassure yourself that there is still time, there is always time. With great reluctance you open it 15 hours before it is due. You start off slowly, handling it with such care. Three hours later you’re 100 words in. Somehow you’re still positive, you’ve got this. Time pushes on. The letters on your laptop screen start to dance about and you take a break from Microsoft to mindlessly scroll down some form of social media. You whatsapp a friend for encouragement, only to be disheartened by discovering that they are 3000 words in. You seek comfort in the contents of your fridge.