South Africa: Social Media and You - in 2021, Get Off the Hate Spectrum

3 January 2021

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South Africa: Social Media and You
South Africa: Social Media and You

By Marianne Thamm

The internet and social media could still be our equivalent of the Sistine Chapel -- if only we understood the freedoms and agency they offer.

If you haven't watched it yet on Netflix, Death to 2020, Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones's big, fat satirical stake in the heart of a torrid year should finally snap open your mental roller blinds to the grave threat that social media poses to global reason.

South Africa: Social Media and You
South Africa: Social Media and You

The mockumentary by the creator of Black Mirror is populated by a series of "experts" played by leading lights including Samuel L Jackson, Hugh Grant, Tracey Ullman, Leslie Jones and Lisa Kudrow.

In Death to 2020, voices/opinions/attitudes clamour to be heard, reflecting a world, right now, that comes together in the borderless, liminal space of "the internet" in general and social media in particular.

Here, most visibly, our deepest atavistic impulses, amplified and magnified ad infinitum by sock puppets, bots and trolls, have found shameless expression.

South Africa: Social Media and You
South Africa: Social Media and You

2020, the real year we have just survived, should provide humanity with sharpened hindsight. It was a repeated smack across the collective head by the universe.

It was Donald Trump who fashioned his own Throne of Twitter and who, perched there for four...

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