On 7/29/12, Segun <Seguno2001@yahoo.com> wrote:
> David Mark has never experienced the nature of democracy with its attendant
> freedom. So one is not perturbed by his opinion on social media. He needs to
> be educated on freedom and how to cope with it. That does not mean there
> shouldn't be some form of control over the abuse of freedom of social media.
> So far social media have not yet overshot its bound and they should be left
> One is not surprised by the over-burst of the Nigerian Senate President who
> never wanted the poor to have access to information.
> David Mark was reported in Nigeria to have said that "telephone is not for
> the poor." But today his so called the poor use telephones and they express
> their minds on social issues in Nigeria. They use social media to express
> their views on the ills of the nation. They tell the global village the ruts
> in Nigerian leadership and perhaps that is what David Mark is worried
> If you don't have skeletons in your cupboard, you don't bother yourself
> about negative report coming from social media but let me say, where there
> is no fire there cannot be smoke.
> Segun Ogungbemi.
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Jul 29, 2012, at 2:00 PM, Ikhide <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>> "The emergence of social media like facebook, twitter, blackberry
>> messenger, YouTube etc have changed the face of media practice by making
>> information sharing easier, faster and quicker. But this is not without
>> its demerits. Social media has become a threat to the ethics of media
>> practice and good governance because of its accessibility and absolute
>> freedom. Every freedom carries a responsibility. Even in advanced
>> democracies, where we all agree that good governance is practiced, there
>> is no absolute freedom.
>> I therefore believe that there must be a measure to check the negative
>> tendencies of the social media in our country. I say this because media
>> practice, particularly journalism, process its news gathering and
>> dissemination. It also operates a feedback mechanism and where the
>> practitioners err there is room for rebuttal. But in the social media a
>> faceless character can post any information that is absolutely false and
>> misleading but will never retract it. At the end of the day one is
>> bombarded with questions over what one has no business with."
>> - David Mark
>> - Ikhide
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I am not surprised either. Nigeria claim democratic govt. this is not
really. because it should possess the quality of freedom of speech.
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