I have made peace with the fact that we love to be different. That we are always trying to be higher on some invisible totem pole. In a rat race that is as frenetic as it would be in the backstreets of any city. My generation was meant to be our saving grace. The generation that would deliver us from the scourge of tribalism that our parents supposedly tried shoving down our throats. We grew up on tv & grew up in cosmopolitan areas and then discovered the internet. And somehow we convinced ourselves that we are better than generations that came before us.
In my opinion we overestimate 3 things. One, there are many Kenyans online but while that voice may seem loud it doesn't quite translate into of the country. And with the hidden bigotry the voice shrinks further.
Secondly, the exposure to many sources does not make us better at choices. The truth is that people seek out the information that best correlates with their own beliefs. So if a certain paper, news outlet or blogger agrees with your frame of mind you are more likely to consume information from that source.
Lastly we are not a level above the social constraints of our fellow countrymen. The idea of a middle class is till being debated. About what it actually constitutes or the parameters by which we arrive at that definition. Whatever it is though, it is not a homogenous group with 2 & a half kids, 2 cars in the garage & a job that pays for horse riding over the weekend. Even it did, it wouldn't disqualify you from being a part of the issues faced. I saw the argument proposed when people disagreed with Makau Mutua (whose article about a coup after an Uhuru win was preposterous) but who was deemed inadequate due to his address. Would his argument have been less wrong if he lived in Mathare or Kibera? I think not.
Here's where I am at. We already have enough things that divide us. Race, tribe, economic backgrounds, religion etc. We really don't need to open up a new front on a medium that's meant to bring us closer.