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STATESMAN OPINION: LEAKED VIDEOS: WHO DO WE BLAME?

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In our very recent history, we have witnessed embarrassing incidents of sex videos having gone viral, and compelling desperate victims to flee or attempt suicide.

In our very recent history, we have witnessed embarrassing incidents of sex videos having gone viral, and compelling desperate victims to flee or attempt suicide.

 

It happened in the Northern Region in which several people were involved; it happened in the Ashanti Region and the Eastern and has, recently, been relived in the case of a so-called pastor’s wife.

In the case of the pastor’s wife, she was saved from suicide, according to the Daily Guide, which put out the story.

Only a caveman would argue that social media is evil. It is an invaluable asset to humanity because in the twinkle of an eye, very important information can be released from an organization to a director to take a course of action that may save the organization huge resources or move it from one level to another.  It is facilitating intelligence, construction, governance, business, academic work and research; and it is creating, building and improving relationships in the manner that the pastor’s wife failed to understand, which is why she, like the others, including the school-girl and head teacher, agonizingly stubbed their feet in their fit of insanity.

 Ostensibly, according to the Daily Guide, the 30 year-old pastor’s wife was sending the nude picture of herself, instead of a note from the word of God, to her husband outside the country. Unfortunately, the video system on her phone clicked something other than she intended and the image overshot itself.

The fact simply is that so many young people, particularly, are abusing social media in several ways and ending up wasting their time and destinies on garbage.

In tro-tros, lecture halls, at funerals, in church and probably, more seriously, at workplaces, girls and boys are creating such attachment to their phones that is difficult to understand. Like psychiatric patients, it is becoming normal to see people on the streets watching something and laughing at themselves. Sometimes, even decent-looking people are involved in that, chatting noisily and leaking secrets unintentionally in the process.

But the worst, as we have recently seen or experienced, is this bit about human beings acting like dogs, gleefully putting themselves out in a camera naked and clicking a button with the intention of sending that offending image to “loved ones.”

Of course, we must admit that there is the animal part in all of us adolescents or mature adults. So why don’t we keep that to ourselves rather than sharing that animal part and, even that, in a medium we cannot too much trust?

Social media, in spite of its huge benefits, has not only broken geographical barriers, it is breaking cultural and religious barriers that held society together, whether we accept that or not. So, we have youth who cannot afford decent meals twice a day investing in phones that their mums and dads would postpone owning, just so that they can feast their eyes on sumptuous videos and pictures that send their minds into space rather than position them against the realities of education, employment, marriage and social responsibility.

In times past, the opium of society were the marijuana, cocaine, heroin etc.  To battle it, we courted taxpayers and put together funds to augment logistics at the psychiatric hospitals, prisons and rehabilitation centres.

Unfortunately, in the case of this kind of disorder, which is affecting even those professing to be religious, the only remedy may be that, in the event of our slipping into the animal element, it is the opinion of the Daily Statesman that we hold our horses and say NO to the YES click on the camera in the manner that a bad swimmer would say ‘I won’t move any step into the water because there no piece of log close by.’