this year would be marked in history as the one where social media started rewriting our destiny . from delhi to tahrir square and istanbul to rio , people with no clear aims have taken to the streets to protest against what they call systemic injustice . for them it doesn’t matter whether the governments they oppose were democratically elected or are dictatorships , all they call for is ” change” . most of these protesters are youth in their mid twenties , who basically have no knowledge about the many fault lines that make up a complex entity that we call nation states and the fact that such an abrupt “change” that they demand and the ensuing anarchy in such an environment would only lead to more anarchy.
this week a democratically elected government was toppled by these protests in Egypt , though the country was in flux for the past few years , what was ironic was that the extremists and moderates who joined hands last year at tahrir square were at logger heads this time . the reports from Cairo are not that encouraging, the twitterrati and facebook revolutionaries who organized these unrelenting protests are slowly pushing Egypt into a Syria like civil war , which could last years. turkey and Brazil are also facing similar situations of social media high handedness over trivial issues .we Indians had our tahrir square movement with aam admi party which turned out to be nothing but a few retired civil servants taking out their grudge against the government.
its true that the social media have empowered us in many ways , freedom of expression being one of them. but taking it to hideous levels to incite anarchy is foolishness. a country like ours can never be taken up as a single entity as these twitterati believe it to be.the urban youth who know nothing but times now , believe India as what is told to them by arnab goswami and sees injustice and corruption everywhere .this ignorance could only accentuate the divisions beneath the superficial calmness .
so dear reader , if you are a social network enthusiast , try to think through before taking up causes .