27 April 2016

Friedman goes to Africa, does his thing, and the results are as bad as expected

This is seriously how an OpEd columnist for the New York Times started his latest piece:
You can learn everything you need to know about the main challenges facing Africa today by talking to just two people in Senegal: the rapper and the weatherman. They’ve never met, but I could imagine them doing an amazing duet one day — words and weather predictions — on the future of Africa.

And the rest of Tom Friedman's column writes itself.  It is as if he dug deep into the deepest tropes about his own writing for this piece. Or maybe he is trolling all of us by using the Friedman OpEd Generator to produce this piece. It does kind of get better, but then Friedman writes this:
Matador is torn between understanding his generation’s need to find work and money to send home and his gut instinct that it is better to be poor in one’s home than a stranger in a strange land — so stay and build Senegal.
Worse yet, this is the third piece in a series titled "Out of Africa." Yes, the same title as the colonialist book made famous by the movie adaptation featuring Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. Go here if you want to read the other pieces, but I think it would be best to save the time.

Better yet, cleanse yourself of Friedman and enjoy this song by South African singer Nakhane Touré.

HT Rachel Strohm for the song