140 characters of abuse

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Swati Chandra | July 31, 2015


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Social media runs its own court, at least in this country.

People woke up to the news of Yakub’s hanging on July 30. Memon soon became the new reality TV show. While TV channels were busy making a spectacle of the dead man’s life, social media became a platform to pass judgments.

The 140 characters world built its own court, keying in Memon’s innocence and crime all at once. Some were favouring the judgement and some were against it. The tone was too personal, too insensitive and very improper for a fragile society like ours.

Here are a few examples:

“He is up there with his share of virgins and Biryani... what else he needs and media is not telecasting this ... LOLZ,” read one Facebook post.

 

 

Some, who were not even born at the time of 1993 blasts, even questioned the supreme court verdict and presented their own evaluation without reading and verifying facts about the case. Mocking the SC judgment they behaved as if they were the new replacement of the SC judges.

Posting an opinion in about 140 characters is the easiest thing in the world now. Surprisingly, being vocal and aggressive in real life has reduced to typing over the internet.

It is very easy to pass judgement within few seconds and commenting just for the sake of saying something or the other, instead of respecting the judgement. The real debate would have been whether death penalty be abolished or not. Sadly, in the entire episode we took no interest in this debate.

The tool which was meant to connect and make your voice heard is definitely raging a war, a virtual war eating up our conscience.



 
 

 

 

 

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