Opinions unfair on Mbeki: iLIVE
One public intellectual once admonished his readers and encouraged them to read books that spawn new insights; the kind of books that stretch minds and urge you to read more on the subject.
The same applies to columnists; they should bring fresh and well-researched perspectives on the wicked issues of the day.
If it is anything to go by, Phumla Matjila's article("Mbeki long on talk", yesterday) and Brendan Boyle's piece ("Malema's intellectual games won't deliver a better life for all", January 19) on the same address by the former president, is sad commentary on the state of journalism in the country.
Rather than engaging with the subject of knowledge management, the two chose ad hominems. The least said about Matjila's column the better. Readers were left much poorer.
The two columnists had the responsibility of analysing and interpreting Mbeki's paper in all its finer aspects. Among other things, they should have written about the importance of knowledge management in society, its definition and the contested nature of knowledge, or bring in counter perspectives on knowledge management. I urge them to reread the former president's paper and other works on knowledge management.