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The State versus Internet Trolls: Zama Ndlovu Considers Lessons on Public Discourse and Good Leadership

A Bad Black's ManifestoZama Ndlovu, author of A Bad Black’s Manifesto, recently wrote an article about Unimportance by Thando Mgqolozana for Business Day. In the article, she considers the lessons on public discourse and leadership that are presented in the novel.

Ndlovu suggests that the public outrage that follows relatively minor misdemeanors discourages otherwise excellent potential leaders from stepping up to take their place. She cites the way that internet trolls recently shone a spotlight on Trevor Noah after his appointment as the new host of The Daily Show as an illustration of this.

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It is quite obvious that this country is in desperate need of younger public leaders, yet we do not adequately explore the environment that deters young people from pursuing public positions.

I am fanatical about Unimportance because it asks deeply philosophical questions about the personal standards that leaders ought to have; and the standards that societies must hold its leaders against.

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