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Social media fuelling crime

Published:Monday | February 20, 2017 | 12:00 AM


Social media is a necessary evil. In most cases, it is used as a weapon to carry out character assassination and reputational denigration, as well as the fuelling of crime and violence.

Call me old-fashioned if you wish, but I have long contended that technology in all its forms and features has become the enemy of human progress. It has now become the 'new brain' for human beings. Were you to follow my line of reasoning, you would concur with me that with the advent of technology, the world has become a 'big yard', although doing business has become a lot easier.

I witnessed an accident in the capital sometime in 2016 in which a man laid in the wreckage of his vehicle that collided with another motor vehicle, bleeding profusely. None of the bystanders was interested in seeking help for the wounded because they were too busy with their camera phones taking pictures for upload to social media.

I am of the view that some social media users employ it as a tool to gain advantage over others and to draw attention to themselves. The world has evolved rapidly over the last 30 years in terms of technology usage, and Jamaica is no exception.

Speaking from my vantage point, the popular usage of social media has led to moral vacuity and rancid opportunism. This form of communication and self-expression is devoid of sensitivity towards victims of any form of crime and violence. Where is our HEART? Have we become a heartless society? Who is more concerned about our own self-interest and self-gratification?

I hear some talk, but from where I sit, the time is ripe for lawmakers and policymakers to enact legislation that will restrain social media users from destroying people's reputations, as well as setting a community, country and family on edge based on their posting. This new 'technology fad' is hurting the world, so let's get it right in our corner of the globe.