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Big brother is watching you


I have a love and hate relationship with social networking sites. The social sites make me more extrovert than what I am in reality. But just like everything, the initial high of extroversion doesn't stay for long as it decreases exponentially to the ground level. But regardless of my not so active participation, I do visit some of the sites regularly if not for anything else than for my tailored feed of regular news and articles from different newspapers.


However sometimes my feed comes up with activities of few of my friends whose  notifications were missed to be unfollowed, thus cluttering up my clean feed of news articles.  Those are the friends who were once dormant on the social sites (and hence were not unfollowed) and I get surprised at the vehemence with which they click likes and follows of popular memes of Namo and Nationalism.


Now my friend circle is not wide enough. But I wonder how the feed of others would look like with frequent bombarding of such posts with thousands of likes and hundreds of comments.


 The issue with this neo nationalism is the convenience of the youth to express their views through mere likes and shares. As with all the revolutions, communication plays a key role in reinforcing and agitating issues of national importance.  Everyone has the right to opinions and views.  But can those views be not morphed by false propaganda in this age of digitisation?


I have come upon this term called cyber nationalism and also a news on how WhatsApp and fb groups were used to mobilise the youth of Kashmir into stone pelting. Does it take much time to connect the dots?

Be aware people of this nation, the big brother is watching you.  And this time it is much more easier to do a real 1984.

             

Schemes are launched with great pomp and show. Languages of the mass is being controlled.  Frequent radio talk shows with repeated claims of good governance.  Text books are rewritten.  Traitors out of patriots are created. Tensions across the border is used as a political motivator for instilling induced nationalism.

This time perhaps it is much easier to do a 1984.




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  1. Social networking sites have become hot beds of propoganda and rumour mongering.

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    1. True. Right now, I encountered an article very similar to mine which says the same in a much better way.

      http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/op-ed/practising-journalism-in-the-age-of-social-media/article18378995.ece

      There is a need of a watchdog for inhibiting this rampage rumour mongers.

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  2. Very true Sir. I am in complete agreement with you.

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    1. Mathur ji, please do not embarass this poor soul by calling sir. Thanks for giving it a read.

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  3. Social networks are used for highly nefarious purposes today. Even the govt is using them for distorting history, for intimidating perceived enemies and for quite many other similar purposes. Indeed, Big Brother is watching!

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    1. A mockery of the fourth pillar by the government and netizens. And then very soon we are going to witness the crusader of patriots - Arnab goswami

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