Technology has probably not even helped matters
The pandemic unexpectedly re-configured every aspect of our lives, especially the way we work. We all saw and are still witnessing many companies (including mine) explore the remote working option. It has so worked for many that they have settled entirely for remote working.
I earlier subscribed to the thought that working remotely would ease some form of stress, have more time for oneself, but having explored both options, I have had to vet my position after taking some time to retrospect and listen to other people share their remote working experience.
First, it was temporary and then now indefinite.
That’s the simple tale of the ban of the microblogging platform, Twitter in Africa’s most populated country. It is worthy to note that Twitter accounts for the 3rd leading social media platforms in Nigeria after Instagram and Facebook Messenger, notably over 40 million Nigerian users, which is more than the whole Ghana population where the continent’s first African headquarters was set up in April 2021.
The federal government led by President Muhammadu Buhari hinted Nigerian ‘tweeps’ on Friday, June 4th 2021 about the imminent ban, but majority trivialised the idea for its…
Or Maybe Just the Millennials and Gen Zs?
I agree that the society is increasingly saturated by the media but I have watched with amazement and sometimes disdain the types of attitudes, values and culture we have imbibed as a result of our continuous and unavoidable exposure to social media especially.
For instance, I have had countless stories of individuals who have complained of their inability to hold consequential conversations with people as a result of memes, emojis and unnecessary abbreviations of words. Why say kk when you can say Okay?
Now, this is not to say emojis for instance…
For National Integration or Commercial Purpose?
The media performs three basic functions — educate, inform, and entertain. Yet, it seems the media has almost perfected the entertainment mandate to a fault.
Also, have you ever tried to watch the news and all you see are sensational stories of failures, setbacks, imbroglio, from the beginning right up to the end? This makes me ask myself and anyone around- even though these stories are prevalent- are there no stories of value?
Some psychologists have even recommended that certain individuals stay away from the news, for the sake of their mental health.
Imagine having a conversation with your friend and he’s been doing the talking for over 30 minutes. How boring and frustrating! That’s not communication. It’s simply information dumping. Communication requires exchange of information or ideas. There must be an exchange and understanding.
The lack of it or its misuse is the genesis of many marriage divorces, inter-tribal war, missed opportunities, failed development efforts, misinformation (rampant on social media), avoidable conflicts, mistrust, broken company culture to mention a few.
I published an article a few weeks ago that discusses the two ‘reporters’ of the news — professional and citizen journalists. But this article is attempting to answer some other questions- Who really determines the stories that make the headlines, and what role has technology played in dictating this? It tries to challenge the notion that the traditional media still have greater agenda setting effects than online media.
First, let’s talk about how the news gets to your television or radio box. We’ll use a ghastly motor accident scene. As soon as the update gets to the media house, a…
If there’s one thing the media are currently ‘circumspect’ about in our dispensation, it would be the concept of citizen journalism. Even researchers have acknowledged the fact that Citizen Journalism has disrupted the news-media ecosystem ‘challenging the veracity and representativeness of information flowing from mainstream news-media newsrooms’.
Before now, the mainstream media served as sole gatekeepers where the reporters defined what stories make the headlines and when. But not anymore! The ordinary citizens like you have taken the job! And it’s just with your gadget.
Contemporary media technology has flipped the coin, it has morphed the news delivery system by…
‘We can not solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.’ — Albert Einstein
I currently work in an education technology firm in Nigeria with a sole aim of revamping access to education and it’s modus. Expressly, let’s train the young minds to be deep independent thinkers and problem solvers and still not leave the confines of the curriculum rather than our present-day traditional pedagogy — facts and figures. To be leaders of their tomorrow, they must possess the ability to think and make sense of whatever information they receive.
Speaking retrospectively, I have once not…
But the media and community have big roles to put it to check
In addition to the roller coaster of events as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic making the headlines daily across the world, there seem to be a form of silence to other persistent pandemics besetting the global sphere like suicide. Let’s begin with an elementary definition. Suicide simply means ending one’s life typically as a way to escape pain or suffering- a constant reality. Some regard suicide as an individual signalling a call for help or the last call for help. …