The Mighty Internet

 

Today’s Daily Prompt: Breaking the Ice. The internet has recently been swept up by the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Is there a cause — social, political, cultural, or other — you passionately believe in? Tell us how you got involved — or why you don’t get involved

 

I think internet is powerful, sometimes beyond our imagination. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge is one such novel campaign, a pleasant surprise for me. But in the recent past there were more grimmer surprises.

Do you remember how internet mirrored the Arab Spring that finally led to the downfall of autocrats! The uncensored reporting took many by surprise and forced other countries out of  their slumber to act, one way or the other. Do you remember Operation Geronimo? The first reporting of the operation came from a twitter user who was spending his night on terrace because he could not sleep. He reported the events live, ever before Pak army could come to terms with the situation. Ain’t it something?! More recently and more tragically the first evidence of the blowing up of Malaysian airliner MH 17 came from locals in Ukraine via social media.

Though I was not part of any of these events physically, I was very much a part of these events via internet. I mourned with the affected families, deplored the wrongdoers and hailed the good people. I am also sure that with out internet all such events would have been painted differently.

Finally I would say that every coin has two sides. I chose to highlight the good side. But there is a very dark and ugly side to internet too. A mighty and irresponsible side. So, don’t trust anything and everything.  Choose wisely.

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