Truth versus the social media hypocrisy

Our social media discourses today are filled with disgust, venom, an utter lack of empathy and half-baked truth and information. While social media entities like Facebook, Twitter and WeChat has come as an alternative for people to express their freedom of speech and expression, the amount of hatred and fragmentary rhetoric it has generated is indeed cause for distaste and alarm.

From maligning individuals through fake identities and accounts to blaming government entities like the civil service and the judiciary, social media pundits have today become the new face and the distasteful voice that has replaced accountability and the mainstream media. But how far we are morally correct or take responsibility of our actions is yet another debate that is yet to be inscribed.

The latest developments like the alleged Tsirang molestation case, RCSC’s stance on civil servants and the media, and the BEO tussle have drawn multitudes of debate, albeit negativity, in a lot of social media circles. People, who do not have the slightest iota of the truth behind these developments have suddenly become the most vocal naysayers, and which is sadly done through a veiled identity.

What is unbecoming is that these army of social media users do not weigh the consequences of their posts or comments that will have on individual lives and the community as a whole. For instance, when we draw our judgments and throw our opinions based on some vile facebook posts, the person at the receiving end becomes the subject of hatred and ridicule, and heaven knows what mental anguish these individuals have to go through.

If the truth is snubbed at the level of one’s keyboards or cellphones, which is obviously showing, then we are headed in the wrong direction when it comes to fighting for a cause by taking these platforms as tools for meaningful discourse and to help bind our communities despite our jarring differences.

As Bhutanese, with only about seven hundred thousand of us, we are all bound by our small close-knit identity and that unseen bond that assures us that every neighbor, friend or a stranger, or an animal, is closely associated with one of us in this life or in the past and the yet to come future. However, the rate at which we are dislodging these sacred threads that makes and binds us one and united is indeed tragic.

Our actions and intentions, in no way, should be harmful and detrimental to any other individual, and we have no right to malign and alienate any person just to express and throw our opinions which may be, at times, morally and ethically wrong.

Let us be a little more forgiving, and a little more accommodating and inclined towards truth before we jump into conclusions because, in the end, we are all vulnerable to the vices of this growing social media hypocrisy.