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Social media: what to write what not to write!

Syed Azam

At present in our country too, this ‘hujuge mete utha’ is very noticeable.

Doing something without verifying the information does not produce the expected results. Rather it involves misuse of physical, mental and resources and all efforts go in vain. And the poet Shamsur Rahman has highlighted the issue of this ‘hujuge mete Otha’ in his poem ‘Pandashram’ –

This took the one that took! Kite took the ear,

All of us are dying behind Kite .

After running around all day in search of the ear, a small boy from the village came and said that the ear is actually in the place of the ear. Then everyone listened and saw that his words were true. Then they realized their mistake and said,

Well said, Kite but not ear yam,

I have sweated my head in vain, the product is labor.

At present in our country too, this ‘hujuge mete utha’ is very noticeable. It is as if we are suddenly in a frenzy. And this trend is most noticeable in social media such as Facebook, YouTube, Tik Tok. With social media now available to everyone, anyone can talk here. But the problem is that unnecessary arguments are more common than constructive discussions. Sometimes it happened that someone heard something from someone and immediately posted it. Others shared the post without verifying its authenticity. In this way, a wrong information was spread and once it turned into a lawsuit, it turned out to be nothing at all.

Even many famous people of the country are victims of such rumours. Famous actor ATM Shamsuzzaman was rumored to be dead. Later he had to come on Facebook Live to prove that he is alive. Before the construction of Padma Bridge, there were rumors that people were being beheaded during the construction of Padma Bridge. But it turned out to be a lie. During the 2018 Safe Roads movement, rumors of students’ deaths and rapes spread on social media, which were later addressed by the police.

One of the main causes of all these problems is the sharing of information without any verification. The current generation is addicted to going viral. As soon as information is available, there is a concern about who will share it first. As a result, it publishes the fact without verifying the truth. In the addiction of getting more likes, comments and ID rich on their own profiles on social media, if they get any topic, a kind of competition starts about who will get more likes and comments by sharing and posting first. Some are spreading rumors due to the addiction of going viral, some are walking around wearing strange clothes, while some are promoting it on social media by making videos with strange distorted gestures and tunes in the name of dance-songs. And sad but true, a class of people are promoting these knowingly or unknowingly. As a result, instead of stopping people, they are encouraged. Also recently, Facebook has been hacked and various types of offensive images, videos and religious incitement information have been disseminated, creating confusion for the people and chaos in the society.

But we could use this great means of communication more positively if we wanted. It is possible to get rid of rumors by cross-checking the facts of an incident. It is possible to get out of this sick competition of people if we give priority to the healthy trend of culture by discarding the sick cultural practices to go viral. Social media can be a sector to solve all our problems where solutions can be found through constructive discussions. A large portion of today’s population is almost all involved with social media in one way or another. And social media plays an important role in the current social system. Therefore constructive discussion in this medium is able to have a positive impact on our social system.

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