Social Media Catches the Bad But What About The Good?
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Social media is revolutionizing the way of life in Nigeria. Back in the days police officers would harass you but nothing could be done because there was no video or camera evidence. But now within a couple of seconds videos caught on cheap phones are able to go viral almost instantaneously. Now dirty officers and LASTMA officials are wary of phones. Not just wary but afraid, because it is altering their way of life, disrupting their corrupt source of income and delivering witnesses were it was not possible before.
But it is easy to get caught up in the negatives, we all know bad news sells. That officers beating or raping is sure to trigger clicks and deliver google ad sense dollars. That’s a fact.
So we get caught up in capturing the bad, recording the evil, but we forget…we forget about the good. The LASTMA officials that go out of their way to assist that broken down car, the officer that stops cars so that school children can pass.
The fact is that in every society there are good cops and bad cops. But when bad news is pushed more than good news it overshadows the efforts of the good. It trivializes and ignores their effect. My push to all of us, is to keep searching for the evil but we should also make it our priority to recognize the outstanding…the good, those officers going above and beyond.
When we do that, we ensure that social media is not only used to bring down evil but also used to raise up and encourage the good. That’s our social media responsibility. And we have the power to make it happen.
Written By Okechukwu Ofili of ofilispeaks.com
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