Time to join the mod­ern world

The Oban Times - - News -

THERE has been a lot of en­gage­ment fol­low­ing our story last week that a num­ber of Ar­gyll and Bute coun­cil­lors have asked mem­bers of the pub­lic not to post com­ments on so­cial me­dia – ie, Face­book – but to put pen to pa­per and write to them in­stead by ‘snail mail’.

One coun­cil­lor re­lated an in­stance where more than 60 com­ments were posted about prob­lems in Soroba but only one per­son had writ­ten to her with an old-fash­ioned let­ter. The coun­cil­lor added that as soon as she re­ceived the let­ter, she acted by set­ting up a meet­ing.

But if she was aware of the prob­lem pre­vi­ously be­cause of so­cial me­dia, why did she not act sooner?

I can cer­tainly sym­pa­thise from the nar­row per­spec­tive of how un­pleas­ant it can be when peo­ple are post­ing snip­ing cri­tiques on­line and it true to say that some in­di­vid­u­als can be un­ac­cept­ably vit­ri­olic and use in­ap­pro­pri­ate lan­guage.

But the bot­tom line is that so­cial me­dia is a mod­ern phe­nom­e­non and is not go­ing away any time soon.

It is a huge hit with count­less mil­lions of peo­ple who com­mu­ni­cate in mass num­bers as never be­fore. Rather than ask­ing for the bus to stop, maybe th­ese coun­cil­lors should try to see where it is heading.

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