Communication is not the same as communicating

Communication is not the same as communicating

The front page of the Daily Mirror was very interesting today, with a sequence of articles on statements and press conferences by various senior government figures. By our count, we’re looking at six different people communicating in five different ways about six different topics! With a controversy over the Volkswagen but not-Volkswagen factory opening, one would expect some form of response by the government. This could have even been by dismissing the issue as a relatively minor miscommunication  and focusing on the fact that a factory was being build that would provide manufacturing jobs. However, what…

Is bullying the bullies, the way out? – Proposed Criminalization of Social Media Defamation

Is bullying the bullies, the way out? – Proposed Criminalization of Social Media Defamation

Daily News recently published an article regarding the possible introduction of a new law to control defamation in the form of slander and libel pertaining to Social Media. This law is said to have been proposed by the Law Commission to the Justice Ministry, which would treat defamation as a criminal offence.   The article presented by the author raises a few questions on the whole justification and the solution for ‘defamation’, which is in reality another form of the issue of cyberbullying in the context of Social Media. It…

Sri Lankan Politicians on YouTube

Sri Lankan Politicians on YouTube

YouTube continues to dominate as one of the leading social media networks in the world. From musicians to sports personalities, and from businesses to charity organizations, many individuals, groups and institutions are using YouTube as one of their primary marketing tools. The site is also popular in the political arena, with politicians and political parties signing up to the network for their propaganda activities. In this series of posts, we have taken a look at the participation of Sri Lankan politicians on Facebook and Twitter. We continue our analysis by…

Use of Facebook by Politicians

Use of Facebook by Politicians

The social media usage of politicians in Sri Lanka is still at early stages and it is apparent that Facebook is by far the most used social network by the political individuals and organisations. The use of Facebook by politicians in Sri Lanka began before the use of other social networks and numerous profiles have been set up ever since.   This analysis takes an in depth look at a few leading and prominent profiles and focuses on the objectives and goals that the politicians wish to achieve through Facebook….

Sri Lankan Politicians on Twitter

Sri Lankan Politicians on Twitter

The social media usage of individuals and organizations belonging to the political arena in Sri Lanka is still at an early stage. This series of reports, looks into the social media usage of politicians and political parties in Sri Lanka. Several Facebook accounts, dedicated to politicians and political parties, are in existence but only a handful of them are currently active. The participation in Twitter is much lower with a very low number of profiles compared to Facebook. This analysis of social media usage in the political sector in Sri Lanka…