Share with care

Quite a few things happened during the past week. What started with a Cabinet reshuffle, ended with a few lives lost due to landslides and incessant rains. In between there were also developments on actions taken against those who attacked Muslim religious places.

In most cases, the public has been mere spectators simply because of the fact they are not in a position to do anything.

Many people use the social media sites to vent their frustrations while some try to move on with their lives regardless.

Some voice their concerns through statuses but do nothing more. Some take the extra step by using internet to gather people to help for a cause.Many never fail to share the information through their respective social media accounts to others.

This is the world we live in. People seem to be more helpful and sharing on digital world than in reality. But that’s how it goes now an we hav to face th reality an liv with it. Any thing i good, or bad, depending on howmit is used., and social media is no exception. Last week we saw at least two situations where people used thee social media to share information.

The video of a private moment of a former cricketer went viral on Facebook. Many shared it for the fun of it while some posted messages to respect the privacy of individuals, which too resulted in people searching for the clips just to watch it at least.

On the other hand, as the past week drew to a close, several parts of the country were affected due to inclement weather conditions. At least 23 lives were lost due to landslides and floods in the Ratnapura and Kalutara Districts last Friday.

The public largely depended on information circulated in social media platforms to assist the affected people.

Information such as items required, number of affected people, location of affected people, and help routes were shared through the very social media platform that shared the controversial video clip.

This is a clear example as to how one platform could be used for something which is of no use, and the next day, how it could be used to save lives.

Even a knife, used by the right person, could be used to save a life. But if it gets into the wrong hands, the end result could be chaos.

It all boils down to the individual who uses the knife, or in this case, the social media platform.

Among the many gossips and scandals, many inspirational stories are also shared on these platforms. Look for them, get inspired, and help the nation become better.

Published in the Nation on May 27, 2017


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