by Oseiwe Ibhagui
Leave your virtual world, come out and meet people to advance the issues you care about and society will be better for it. Social media and the internet is a means to the end; it is not the end in itself.
Let me tell you what you don’t know: many of us are filled with the huge egos that is a major factor affecting those ruining the country at this time. That is a major plank in the original writer’s argument.
The first major use of social media to force a “revolution” has met with deaths of close to 100,000 people and there’s no proof that those people are better off than before they started (they are indeed much worse off in my opinion). There have been organising and movements and revolutions in the long history of the world and what we have now is a recent bonus but what do we do with it? We become armchair analysts or instant “revolutionaries” when the answer to the country’s problems is neither and somewhere in-between.
With the ever increasing portfolio of work on your blogs, what is the physical effect on the ground that you are passionate about, you “activist”? Do you think this is an abstract debate on some issue that does not affect your immediate environment? Think again.
Many bloggers and twitter activists can not come together to form a real physical organisation to do real work for the reason that the original writer points out: they’re living in their own world and are more interested in writing than in studying the world, its history, and confronting their own self as a result to change the wrong ways their society has taught them all along which they’re supposed to now know is not so appropriate.
Let this writer tell me what organisation he has tried to form, or join to advance whatever project he believes in and for us to know its progress report. With documented evidence, I have tried to form exactly such organisations starting in 2000 with efforts to recruit the likes of Festus Keyamo and Funmi Iyanda but couldn’t get support. I am on a latest drive now to form a platform where people come to learn and give speeches physically and not just on twitter but I’ve still not yet found support: people just like to stay back and complain anonymously. If you knew my personal life story, you would know no one should be more bitter and cynical, yet I’m not. I did manage to get some support by way of a venue promised prospective members by a well-known Nigerian in Victoria Island but the twitter account I opened subsequent to that concession(@IntelNG) has only found five followers. So I am, by this, taking you all up on your claim to want to have a better society to live in.
If we continue to live in our own little worlds and refuse to grow, learn, and change, we will not rise from the swamp in which we are because all the progress registered in this world was achieved that way. Leave your virtual world, come out and meet people to advance the issues you care about and society will be better for it. Social media and the internet is a means to the end; it is not the end in itself.
Oseiwe Ibhagui is an uneducated noisemaker who happens to understand the issues and he has been a contestant on the ‘Hot Seat’ of the ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” show.
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