The articles on this website are an insight into my own personal views and concerns and are compiled for no other reason than to stimulate debate. I understand that my fellow Social Networkers may prefer to keep conversations short and light hearted and I also do not want to force my opinions on anyone. I do enjoy the banter on facebook as well and appreciate the fact that the vast majority of its users do not abuse it or use it for the wrong reason. For many years I have longed for a facility that would keep people from all walks of life in touch with each other and also share news and views with each other. Many times in the past I used to listen to politicians on radio or watch them on the television tell the world what we were all apparently thinking or that they were allegedly acting on our behalf. I thought to myself just a pity there wasn’t a way that all the people could turn round and say collectively,” NO YOU ARE NOT” or “NOT IN MY NAME”. The idea that we could all keep in touch whenever we wanted to and keep the powers that be in check was a good one but for the best part of my life the technology was not there to make such a facility possible. Then some talented people invented the Web and the Internet and Social Networking. Now we can share our thoughts and hilarity with each other at the click of a button or icon. This is a good thing and the random comments are both funny and thought provoking. We can allow selected friends a window into our lives and families and share images and stories they might never have seen. I really do appreciate that fact and enjoy the commentary as much as any other.
Yet there are times when there are things going on in politics that I just cant ignore or even just ordinary issues around us that affect our everyday lives directly. I have often noticed how many individuals have used facebook to alert others about the less fortunate in our society such as the elderly. I have also witnessed many users taking the opportunity to remember others who have sacrificed so much. Facebook may always remain a vessel of light hearted trivia and good humour and not the chamber of debate that I personally dreamed of. Maybe it is better that facebookers steer clear of politics lest the politicians try and hijack this wonderful facility we now have at our disposal. Having said that there is no doubt that recent events in the Middle East and North Africa have been monitored and influenced by social network sites such as facebook and twitter. So much so that rebels in Libya and protestors in places such as Syria and Yemen have been coordinating movement and keeping in touch using the likes of facebook.
The good thing for me is that the technology has arrived that allows people like me to air my views to an international audience and I don’t even have to leave my chair. By putting a link to my website and the articles it contains on Social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter I can leave it up to the users to decide if they want to read them or not. That way I am not in danger of trying to ram my views down anybody’s throat.