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Social Networking and the New Nigeria



Social networks are increasingly gaining momentum and ascendancy in the world of information and communication today. It has without doubt altered the conventional method of the news generation and dissemination, a confirmation of what seems to be a paradigm shift from print and broadcast media to the more effective and efficient rave of the moment. ... Continue Reading

Social networks are increasingly gaining momentum and ascendancy in the world of information and communication today. It has without doubt altered the conventional method of the news generation and dissemination, a confirmation of what seems to be a paradigm shift from print and broadcast media to the more effective and efficient rave of the moment.
Unlike what was obtainable in the past, newspapers, radio and television just give a more comprehensive report of what is already stale courtesy of this revolution. Social networking played a role – a pivotal one – in information and communication in Nigeria in the year 2012, events that will forever stick to our memories.
It all started with the removal of fuel subsidy on the New Year Day. This event showed the overwhelming power of networking. Daily protests were organized and sustained for about a week via social networks. It was such a powerful tool, so powerful that it was rumored that the President considered suspending these operations.
Another amazing occurrence was the case of Cynthia Okojie who was murdered by her “facebook friends”. Th role of the social network was quite overwhelming in this scenario considering the fact that this ordeal started and ended on facebook, it wowed everyone. It proved beyond doubts that social networks are becoming tools in the hands of the government and weapons for criminals.
One of the most shocking and angering thrillers was the video and pictures of the “Aluu 4”. It was a horrible site to behold, inhumanity at its peak. It was evidently one of the biggest news that rocked 2012. It wasn’t the first time “criminals” were publicly humiliated, butchered and burnt alive by angry uncivilized barbaric mobs. The difference between Aluu 4 and other similar occurrences was simply the presence of social networking which led to empathy from the public and resultant involvement of the government.
The best is yet to come, likewise the worst. And I’m not trying to sound negative or pessimistic. I mean we all know that everything that has its advantages surely has its demerits. But, let’s not dwell on the bad. Over the last few years, Nigeria experienced a huge development in information and communication which has a trickle-down effect on virtually every other sector of the economy.
Unlike most other news media, social networks allow and survive on feedback and public effort, thus ensuring effective communication which has no doubt brought us thus far and hopefully will aid our journey towards the “New-Nigeria”.

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