Use social media properly in politics and in discussing social and political issues in Ghana. The wrong usage of Social media in Ghanaian politics can have a negative effect on social fiber. Social media is one great tool that can be used by today’s youth to their benefit, well being and to be productive so as to influence society positively. But what do I see on social media? shameful, disgusting, disrespectful and unproductive use of the internet and social media in Ghana.
Dirty politics in Africa is no news. In some parts of Africa and the world at large, people use social media to do unhealthy and unethical things such as stealing from others, deceiving the public and dirty politics. I want to narrow this article to social media in Ghana and its usage in political activities. I look forward to a day when we shall all use social media for the benefit of our nation and bring about positive growth in our country.
I find it very strange to read so many ‘’useless’’, ‘’senseless’’ and bad things and untrue stories on social media. Unfortunately, it is the youth who are involved in this. I wonder if they have foresight and are interested in solving the problems of the day or finding solutions to the many problems that confront our nation.
How can the educated rather be abusing the social media and be propagating false messages about political leaders as well as insulting them. As for provocative and nude pictures, the least said about them, the better.
I wonder if education is really teaching us what we need to know or we as a people are just not ready to change our bad attitudes and do the right things using the social media. Have we been educated and awarded certificates or degrees to misbehave on social media like Facebook and tweeter or to use our knowledge to impact society positively. Why behave like ‘’medieval humans’’ and always select the bad from the good in the us of social media.
We are not in the 2nd century but we live in a civilized society which is expected to be the abode of useful citizens, with great minds, ambitions and abilities to put to good use resources at our disposal and be dynamic thinkers and generational transformers of a society needed educated elites to lead the way in good use of technology.
We are suppose to be hard working, patriotic and interested in the well being of our nation. We should never think that, if we do not have our favourate in authority, nothing must go on, It is time we become objective in what we do and say about our nation and its leaders. It is time for us as citizens to be positive in our thoughts and offer good suggestions to our leaders. It is time for us to tap into the immense benefits that the internet and social media have to offer us all.
It is a fact that, not everything the president of the United States does that is accepted by every citizen of America as being right or best for the nation yet they all rally around each other and do not go around messing up with their president in the name of democracy, freedom of speech and social media. They offer valuable suggestion without insulting and sharing things that are not true. Ghanaians must grow up and it all must begin with the educated elite on social media.
We should never close our eyes to the realities on the ground, what you do today on social media has a negative effect on your future and that of the country. Every information you share on social media, you live a trail behind. What are you living online? Have you thought of its effects on you in future? Think about it.
I know many organizations in Ghana today who would check your social media profile and activities to see what at all you are up to over there and whether you are the right candidate to fill their vacancy. “To be fore worn is to be armed”. Those who are posting all the evil in the arena of politics and all the unhealthy pictures, be informed that one day it would be used against you. “What goes around comes around”.
I heard a story in which a man while a student took a very silly picture while at the university. When he was ready to take up political post, the picture was used against him during the vetting. Those posting the useless and nation wrecking photos and comments must bow down their heads in shame. I wonder what your employers actually saw in you to employ you. Think about the harm you are doing to society and you will begin to be wise and think right.
Each time I see such bad postings, I go straight into the profile details of the poster and I am very often shocked to find out that such persons are employed by big companies. What the posters do not know is that they are marketing their companies through the ugly post and insults they pour out. They are not culture and are misfits in society. I wonder what such people shall can teach the young population, their children and younger siblings. The last thing that baffles my mind is that they are most often Christians and Muslims. I know these religions do not teach such attitudes at all.
Politics of insult should never be a gold mine for Ghanaians or else it would blind us, short sight our imaginations and creative ability in trying to solve our many problems but rather make us destroy our nation. Say no to politics of insult now!!!. Use the social media for good deeds. Be wise, leave a good legacy online. Be mindful of the trails you live on line
Written by Wisdom Eli Kojo Hammond