Social Media use, hype & fall

20 years back, i have heard that how people struggled to get positive fame in the society / country / world and there were very few opportunities available to show-up their talent. Like many stood at the gates of TV channel, film studios or visiting the houses of directors / producers to get a chance in movies, dramas, theater etc. But after the arrival of YouTube, Instagram, Whats app, Snap-chat, Twitter etc etc, many got fame and recognition without much struggle. They just launched their video or pic and got famous in the entire world within minutes and earning a lot from social media tools may be in millions.

But social media is not only helpful in earning and giving fame but also destroying your built image in some seconds. In some recent months, i have seen many top names went down and become a devil in the eyes of public who got hype through using the social media tools and their followers are in millions. About five days back, one Pakistani photographer/YouTuber/Videomaker graduate of NCA-Lahore lost his image when a girl leaked his whatsapp chat in which he used some sentences which people consider are sexual harassment. The person claim that someone used his photograph & name (he used to display) on twitter/Whatsapp and talked to the girl on his behalf whereas he was not involved in the conversation. There were some other girls who used the same allegation against him. Now, twitter is full with abusive language against him used by both male and female and the image he made after a long struggle being destroyed within 3 to 4 days.

The point i want to bring in your notice that if someone display a image against anyone and make allegations like sexual harassment etc etc then it is our prime responsibility to check that either those evidence based allegations are true or not. whereas, most of us start believing in the claims / evidences and then destroy anyone’s image within seconds by spreading it on social media with our perspective against the person. When we know that any image, video or chat can easily be built against anyone by using tools like adobe Photoshop or with available cellphone software’s on google play etc.

I was amazed to see how one face can easily be replaced with other face and you cannot judge it so as the chat, you can easily built and replace sentences with the real one in order to defame other or you can replace one body with other. So as the videos are, you can cut a certain portion and use it for different meaning or for the meaning you want to display against your opponent or for the one whom you don’t like or want to destroy his/her career.

When i started Instagram, i used my name and displayed it all on the photos so that other wont copy or used that in negative meaning against me but one of my friend informed that even if you can write your name one million times on the photos it is not dificult to remove that and can easily be replaced with other.

I don’t know when can someone destroy my positive image in-front of my followers / people who know me by bringing and developing false evidences / allegations by displaying it in-front of you and the question is that how i going to prove my innocence and whether you will believe in me or not.

The other thing that i want you to think about is the negative use of Metoo movement and everything is fired with one bullet i.e. Sexual Harassment. Unfortunately, this has been used negatively against the innocent males who have done nothing except maybe flirting / flirt chating. Mixing flirting with sexual harassment is another main fault of many people. If you are chating with anyone and using flirt language either by male or by female doesn’t come under the umbrella of sexual harassment which we normally mix it and use it for our purpose in order to malign other. The people used to chat share pics, use slang words, sexual talk etc are not to be count in sexual harassment. In my opinion, sexual harassment only occurs when two people are physically present with each other and the other person tries to touch your (others) body without his/her consent. But we put everything in one plate in order to get benefit and other manipulate it according to our own desire.

Minutes are required in destroying honor / image / fame and years are required to built or re-built it again

(you may agree or not)

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About ***** Azfar Abbas *****

My name is Azfar Abbas I am an MPA, a Development Sector Consultant & Operations Management Specialist. Worked with the IBRD (The World Bank), PIFD and international organizations. A Lahoree by birth, Taurian by Star, music freak, a writter, singer and a food lover from Lahore, Pakistan
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