What happens when you log out of Social Media and turn off your TV?Today, I came across a post in Facebook. It says,
"Log out of Social Media,
Switch off your TV,
Go out with your family and see
India is peaceful,
India is tolerant,
India is processing,
India is beautiful!"
Yes, when I do so, I may see all the above. I may believe everything around me is normal, People around me are happy and may even think media is just exaggerating the things. But what will really happen, if we stay away from media? Who will give us the reason for the water scarcity? who will give us the awareness on food adulteration? Who will tell us the problems being faced by farmers? Who will tell us the health problems being faced by Thoothukudi people because of Sterlite copper industry? Who will tell us the inhumanity happened to Asifa?
Is it okay to be unaware of all these things? Though traditional mass media like TV and newspapers hide many important news, social media helps a lot in bringing out the real facts on every problem. Media has the responsibility to provide reliable news. Still, people should be conscious enough to understand the news, analyse the facts and judge what is right.
Right now in India, especially in Tamilnadu from the time of Chennai and Cuddalore flood in 2015, people realized the power of "by the people and for the people". Such unity is constructed through Social media. So, people who want people to be ignorant may promote such posts. I strongly recommend people to stay connected to social media and be aware of whats happening around you. Importantly, share things that are trustworthy.