LETTER: Taking pictures of crushed bodies is very anti-social

2016-07-14 06:00

Social networks are not that bad, as some would have it.

Many people believe in that social networks have a tremendous impact in the loss of our dignity and integrity.

I beg to differ. Their perceptions about social networks notwithstanding, we need to remember the purpose of their existance.

The aim was to make communication more easily available to all. My advice to social commentators is that we should not use these platforms for purposes that they were not originally intended for.

Its a disgrace how we have come to use our communication platforms. As an example; I was in a train from Cape Town to Khayelitsha around 4pm on a Friday. Between Nyanga and Philippi a commuter was crushed to death by a train. After the train screeched to a halt, fellow travellers jumped out of the train, all to take pictures of the mangled body.

When asked why they were doing this, others said they wanted to upload the pictures on Facebook.

I watched in horror! I even figured that it was only us Blacks who misuse the social networks. And we seem very proud doing this!

I was tempted to ask the snappers if the really understood the purpose of these networks. Or we are just a lost generation that have no sense of humour.

Lack off knowledge is always the problem, and without knowledge there’s nothing we can conquer. On a positive note, I personally benefit a great deal from communicating with my family and friends, sharing ideas with people and learning new things that can make me a better person.

Masbulele Koyo Lower Cross

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