One side of the storyTwo days ago, my social networking feeds were overflowing with people commenting on a video. The video was a CCTV footage of a man being repeatedly stabbed to death on a FoB in Virar railway station. The 3 minute video showed all passengers running helter-skelter. None of them, even the security guard, took the effort to team up against and subjugate the criminal. The social media had summed up the entire event as the death of humanity.
It was realised only later on, when the other videos had been circulated, that infact the passengers, though initially ran away scared, teamed up and cornered the criminal. The humanity was somehow suddenly restored!
There are many instances in the recent past too about social media attacking a person/entity by just seeing one side of the story. The effect of this one-sided attack of media on the victims are far beyond explanations. Is there any way to heal the harassment the police constable (who presumably was drunk during working hours in Delhi metro) had to face? Of what use is the report that he had actually suffered a heart attack and collapsed, when the damage has already been done by the media? This is the same social media which nearly led the DD news anchor to the verge of suicide, just for the fact that she fumbled during her debut anchoring.
Don't you think we (social media) need to be more sensitive, empathetic and react only after hearing both sides of the story?