Fake News: A Crisis on the Rise

Fake News: A Crisis on the Rise

“I believe that the media should be very clear, very transparent, and not fall prey—without offence, please—to the sickness of coprophilia, which is always wanting to communicate scandal, to communicate ugly things, even though they may be true, and since people have a tendency towards the sickness of coprophagia, it can do great harm.” – Pope Francis These resounding words by the Pope on the spread of fake news addresses one of the biggest issues that have been on the rise steadily. The majority of us depend on various online…

Communicating sustainable and green business initiatives on Social Media: Why and How?

Communicating sustainable and green business initiatives on Social Media: Why and How?

“The goal of social media is to turn customers into a volunteer marketing army” – Jay Baer, Convince and Convert “Marketing is about telling good stories. Social media marketing is about getting your customers to tell them for you” – Corey Eridon Hubspot More and more companies are investing in CSR and green initiatives nowadays such as the maintenance of their carbon footprint, or a new eco-friendly venture that promotes efficiency. The long and short term benefits of this could be extremely rewarding for the company. However, the full benefits…

Could this one social media photo change perspectives on the transport strike?

Could this one social media photo change perspectives on the transport strike?

A picture they say, is worth a thousand words and with the vital role of social media coming into play, this has only become amplified. With millions of users logged on to social media platforms like Facebook, twitter and Instagram among others, all it takes is one perfectly captured picture to turn the tables. The transport strike held on the 02nd of December 2016 has remained a hot topic for the past few days. Many opinions have been speculated upon and many have tried to defend the view of the…

Hambantota port strike

Hambantota port strike

The comments here show the disconnect between the mainstream media in Sri Lanka and the public. To the MSM, the issue is about the alleged assault on a journalist; to the public, the issue is about a politically motivated strike to disrupt the attempt to make the port viable in the long-term. This is not to excuse attacks on journalists or strikers. It is an insight as to how blinkered our journalists. They are in such a frenzy over writing about the implications of what happened, that they don’t factor…

1990: The Indian Ambulance Controversy on Social Media

1990: The Indian Ambulance Controversy on Social Media

Social media is the ultimate new age weapon that can make or break a point… literally. Media trends can either shush up a scandal or make a mountain out of a molehill. The 1990 Ambulance service brought in from India has been the source of many “high-pitched discussions” in the last few months. Especially, because many were disturbed by the idea that the service would cause an influx of Indian personnel into the Sri Lankan job market, despite claims by the government that no such thing would happen. Deputy Foreign…