Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 37 Share on Twitter Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
OpEdNews Op Eds   

Social Media's Collateral Damage

By       (Page 1 of 1 pages)   No comments
Follow Me on Twitter     Message Hamad S Alomar
Become a Fan

A recent NY times article, titled "Tweet less, Read More," talked about the trend of increasing hasty, nasty, impulsive, and sometimes rude exchange of posts in the internet social-media tools.   I found it valuable and addressing a  real concern which I share with the writer. It urges social media users to tweet less, and think before tweeting.

But I wish someone writes about the other extreme.   I mean social-media members who are completely passive. People who join all kinds of social-media groups with complete selfishness, with their minds made up. No contribution at all.   Just to know people and what they are thinking and benefit from their contributions, but never share with them your own knowledge or experience.

This tactic is used by some who think by knowing what people think but not letting them know what you think, you get an advantage over them. This is a very shortsighted view. Luckily, there are more positive users than the passive ones.   A positive contribution breeds a more positive one. Remaining silent and inactive in social-media groups, one loses a valuable chance of asking and interacting.   Furthermore, and more importantly, the silent loses on one of the best learning channels.   Criticism and critique made by others on your social media contributions are very valuable. I have learned from this more than I would have thought.

Social-media group's administrators have been suspending memberships for all kind of reasons. But, unfortunately, non-contribution is not among them.

The other issue of concern is the misuse of social media.   We now live in the midst of social-media boom. Who could have imagined that someone in deep China and someone in the Saudi desert and a third in the Amazon jungle can talk live and exchange all kinds of ideas and opinion completely censorship-free?   So much have been said about this being a victory for freedom.   Indeed it is. But how much have been said about the collateral damage that comes with it?.   Corruption, fraud, extortion, and terrorism thrived on this technological advancement.

The internet social media tools are abundant with rumors and false stories that are made up and pseudo names taken for the purpose of unethically defeat a political opponent or to distort the reputation of a company or a successful man, motivated by sheer envy or hate. Unfortunately that doesn't always get discounted; instead it finds its way to the minds of the misinformed and the uninformed.

Hamad S Alomar



Rate It | View Ratings

Hamad S Alomar Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Peace Loving Saudi Citizen

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Cultural Encounters

Defenseless America

Those Who Resist Revenge and Swallow Anger Are Winners

Social Media's Collateral Damage

The Basel Committee and The Lamborghini

Starbucks, the American Pub

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend