Technology has a way of blurring lines and been disruptive. Social media can’t be excused from these. The social media has come to disrupt the way we communicate, make friends and give out information and news. The role of gatekeepers in conventional media and information dissemination is becoming blurred and taking the route of dinosaurs.
Having seen this, the critical stakeholders and professionals came together in Jos, a city known as Tin City in Plateau state came together to discuss the imperative of the new trend – social media and how it can be utilized for better government, better society and above all enhancing the governance.
A city that has been bedevilled by constant sectarian crisis, the conversation becomes important. One of the conveners of the chit chat , Segun Oruame, a media mogul and seasoned Journalist opined that ” Over the weekend, I had the privilege to share with members of diverse communities in Jos on the dynamics and significance of social media and governance and why fake news persist or appeal to people too often.”
He also added that ” Social media is just a platform. People vent their fears, angers and understanding of what is truth and too often they unwittingly share falsehood believing stubbornly that what they share is accurate. “
Taking it the religious route, the media mogul said “This Sunday morning as I reflect on the proceedings of that meeting, an inspiring affirmation came from
John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.We often live what we think is true, our truth that just may be false. ”
On the societal perception and conversation he concluded that “Our narratives often reflect our prejudices; our arguments coloured by our pre-sentiments; the histories we share are as we want the tales to be taken in reflection of all we have chosen to believe inspite of the inaccuracies and manifold distortions. But no man or community can outlive the truths that stare right at them. A generation may live and even triumph in falsehoods; but truth is always the cemetery of lies. Yes! The truth sets free.
The need to leverage on technology such as social media as a platform to create peace, information and for greater good becomes important in this era of fake news. Government has been advised to leverage on this technology because it has the capacity to change the perception of the government by the people. Social media over the years have made tremendous impact in the society from policy change, bringing obscure issues to the fore and changing the policy thrust of government over the world.
ANTHONY EMEKA NWOSU