OPINION: Haibo moments that could mean a life of depravity

2017-03-30 06:02
My TakeThobile Ndzube

My TakeThobile Ndzube

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Hamba Kahle Comrade Achmat Kathrada, as you join the many who preceded you to the realm of the soul.

Indeed, you are one in a number who helped to shape what we have now.

It is now left to us to mould it according to what will best benefit the majority. That’s my two cents worth of politics.

As we are deep into the age of technological advancement, we are exposed to many media platforms that are meant to make communication and sharing of information very easy.

Access to information is in the palm of our hands. Diverse platforms permeate the sphere of communication.

These days, umlevo is no longer the preserve of only abomamgobhozi.

Gossip is just at the click of an icon, and voila, thousands instantly share it.

News travel so fast that you don’t get people bezofaswa before the whole world knows about something.

It is good when news travel so fast so that people are kept up to date. But the reality is that not everyone has good intentions when it comes to the use of these platforms.

As we are all aware that as soon as you click the send button, the damage is done even before you realize it.

There are no recall buttons.

Sometimes I sit here trying to imagine what the outcome will be when that happens.

Sometimes I sit and wonder if people realise just how powerful the effect of social media has become. Also, if they realise the depth of the damage they cause when such platforms are used to hurt others.

I wish there could be sessions or user’s guide lessons that people first need master before the engage in this type of communication.

These would be to test their serious intent to use these platforms to communicate than to hurt others.

People could be graded according to their understanding of the use of these platforms.

I am sure people will think twice before sharing or writing anything. Perhaps the networks should have a control centre where all messages are scrutinized before being released or deemed good for public consumption.

This way we can cut down on those haibo moments we find ourselves in.

Did you have your haibo moments on social media?

I’ve had my fair share of them. Like the time I received a clip from somebody, which left me in a psychological state of shock. I took it like a man, though I am still recovering.

Preps the fact that I am on Whatsapp and not on Facebook-which is were the fun is- preserves my sanity.

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