The dark side of social media in Kenya.
I am quite ticked off by what I see as the misuse of, and, uninformed nature of some of what gets out on social media in Kenya. It seems to me that there are some social media aficionados out there who relish nothing more than to critique and tarnish other people. Yes, sometimes, people do make valid mistakes and get things wrong but what the hell?! I mean, why insult and poke fun when the same hard working people are trying to achieve great things?!
In-line with the above, I am reminded of the time I met Michael Joseph last year just before he retired from running Safaricom. We spoke, albeit briefly, and he asked me what I do. When I mentioned that I also blogged on the side, his face turned rather serious and he bluntly told me he does not like bloggers since all they do is insult and discredit people. He was not a happy man and I suspect he thought I was possibly considering writing something nasty about him as our conversation came to a quick end. I now “get it”, to say the least.
Just because social media gives some a powerful voice does not mean it has to be turned into a dagger of sorts? Give credit where credit is due. When people get it wrong, tell them so without making a big fuss about it as well as insulting them ruthlessly. Yes, its all nice and dandy to tweet or write blog posts that are quasi-sensational but please do keep things in perspective, as well as within scope with some measure of restraint? No need to get overexcited if you get my drift. I know its unlikely that what I have to say here would make a difference anyway but I thought I’d say something rather than keep quiet about it.