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ATTENTION TO DETAIL by Dave Martins and The... - Dave Martins and The Tradewinds
the two biggest concerns for me are, in macro, the Indian/black ethnic division, and, in micro, the widespread tendency to accept or even encourage the sub-standard. For someone who has lived in the developed world, for two or three decades, that discinclination or disability to pay attention to detail in the various aspects of our life, is a jolt, and adjusting to that difference is very difficult because it confronts one daily. ....It is a detail, but we don’t seem to have yet understood in Guyana that the difference between good and excellent is always, absolutely always, in the details. Here, we praise the overall structure and seem oblivious to the pieces left hanging.
More pivotally, the lack is across the board. It is not just in the things we build. It is in the presentations we give, in the shows we stage, even in the way we drive. It is rampant in the media. Without fail, every day, there are punctuation errors, or declensions wrong, or verb/subject disagreements in our newspapers, and the lack of attention to detail in how we say what we say infects the broadcast media as well..... A friend of mine, with an awareness of the problem, says that this lack of attention to detail is now part of our cultural make-up; it is a condition of who we are and what we are. It is Guyana’s sociology in 2013. Cynical as that may be, it is a contention to consider....
Guyanese  Guyana  politics  limitations  detail_oriented  ethnic_divisions  quality  standards  substandard  developed_countries  Dave_Martins  shortcomings  developing_countries  pay_attention 
december 2015 by jerryking
No one is prepared to make the obvious connection between our cultural morass and the crime, corruption and violence that plague us - Stabroek News - Georgetown, Guyana
Ryhaan Shah

This exchange of letters has confirmed that it is the culture of the underclass that is now the definitive culture of Guyana and, further, that this culture is so very much admired at all levels of our society that any criticism if its crudities results in condemnation from everyone. We celebrate that culture, delight in it, and, as Skinner does, we rationalize it. Had he not stated it in his letter, who would ever have thought that it is an African Guyanese trait that they big up themselves by presenting themselves as murderers?

The wider issue is that no one is prepared to make the obvious connection that exists between our cultural morass and the crime, corruption and violence, including the violence against women and children that plague our society.

It is commendable that SN columnist Dave Martins finds the societal ills described in Bhattacharya’s book fixable. I have long since given up on any such hope and Mr Skinner’s letter reminds me of why I am so sure of that hopelessness.
letters_to_the_editor  novels  fiction  books  Guyana  cultural_values  Dave_Martins  underclass  Afro-Guyanese  hopelessness 
september 2014 by jerryking
Scant hope for our cricket - Stabroek News - Guyana
Dave Martins | 15 Comments
Published - Monday, November 15, 2010
Dave_Martins  cricket  Caribbean 
november 2010 by jerryking
So It Go: Knowing all the fine fine
September 6, 2010 | Stabroek News | By Dave Martins. With the
best of intentions, with all the devotion you can muster, with daily
attention to the Guyanese media, with emails to friends, if you live
away you’re missing small but critical details. You may think you get it
by reading widely, as I did, and by talking to friends here by phone or
email as I did, and by visiting for a couple of weeks once or twice a
year, as I did, but in fact you don’t, as I see now I didn’t. You are
missing the scores, the hundreds, even thousands of bits of information,
off the radar, that ultimately come to you on current issues only when
you live here, round the clock, for years. In Guyanese lexicon, you are
missing the fine fine.
Dave_Martins  Guyanese  Diaspora  detail_oriented 
september 2010 by jerryking
Walk without talk
March 29, 2010 | Stabroek News | Dave Martin. Op-ed on Caribbean unity--or lack thereof.
Caribbean  unity  regional  history  dissension  disunity  Caricom  dissolutions  Dave_Martins 
march 2010 by jerryking

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