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I went to my role-model’s website, Vincent Maher, just to see what he’s up to and of course read about what’s happening in the new media world and I noticed he had put up a post about the conference, Socaial Networking World forum, that he’ll be attending next week.

At first I was a bit jealous you know? He is leaving the dream-travelling and speaking about what he is passionate about. And I thought maybe one day it’ll be me…

The conference is titled ‘Shaping the future of social media’, now I know I’m a newbie when it comes to the new media world (hence I’m studying it now) however I realised something unnerving…the key speakers are from global brands, organisations, social networking publishers and developers, pioneering social media leaders, top agencies, and content producers.

Anyhow I kept reading and  about the Forum  and how it is “the perfect event for professionals to learn and discuss the future development of social media. The two day conference and exhibition will provide a focused platform for the global social media industry.

The conference aims to address core issues such as monetization, future technologies/services, engaging social groups with brands and how businesses can get the most out of social and business networks”.

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After looking at the key speakers I noticed that they didn’t have a black woman representing or even speaking… I do stand to be corrected here and I’ll be glad if someone challenges me but why isn’t there a face of colour particularly an African black female face? Do not think I’m pulling on a ‘race’ card here but try seeing this from my view.

The world is becoming more digitalised and globalised than ever before. Moreover, more people are getting educated about telecommunications, intergrated marketing, social media, and new media.  And I felt that black women again are being side-lined.

Granted in Africa we don’t have many instutions that give us access but  isn’t  there at least one  black South African woman who is specialising in these industry? Surely black women also have influence in their cultural and economic circles? Surely global businesses are targeting the ‘other’ race because mostly black young and upcoming professionals are using social networking sites, creating business for it etc?

Yes, I understand that the forum is about social networks and  examining the current market conditions, future forecasts and predictions from leading analysts and so on but to answer my question about-If that’s the case we have still have a long way until everyone is part of this global wave of new media.

Hopefully ten years from now I can be that black beautiful, sophisticated and educated woman who challenges people about social networking along side fellow South African, Vincent Maher…

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