The Other Side Of Social Media

Be it watching a movie with friends, going on holidays, expressing our opinions on political issues, leg pulling, everything is now done and shared openly on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. We love to do this, even if it gives FOMO sometimes, even if it has suddenly woken up the travelers in us, we simply love this ‘social’ life. But have you met the other side of Social media ? The darker side? Let’s know the rules of the darker side of social media, which is trending more these days.

  1. Post something however irrational or illogical it is.
  2. Ensure that “right set of people RT or share it”
  3. Issue few supposedly strong statements or opinions.
  4. Get the media and other digital sites to publish getting influenced by the other social media sites rather than the actual source.
  5. Bask in the glory on the cost of someone else’s misery
    Let’s talk in examples.
    Instance # 1
    Rohtak Sisters beat up a guy in bus accusing them for molestation. As it turned out they were just doing it to gain attention. http://zeenews.india.com/news/haryana/rohtak-sisters-fail-polygraph-test-their-molesters-pass-report_1549037.html

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    Instance #2

    Jasleen Kaur claims that she was molested by a guy on Bullet on a red light
    The reality is that she was just trying to create a controversy.
    http://themalefactor.com/2015/08/24/jasleen-kaur-was-not-harassed-she-is-lying/

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Although she posted this later.

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Instance #3

Famous Bollywood director Anurag Basu posts on his Instagram that he was beaten up by an MMS activist in a brawl. All the famous media sites publish the news immediately. He posts on his FB stating that this was a social message he was trying to bring into the attention as to how irresponsible today’s media is that they publish any thing without cross verification.

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With great authority, comes great responsibility. With the increasing freedom and authority that social media is gaining over other media, isn’t it time that also adopt the responsibility that comes along?

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