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Mayowa Idowu: How The Internet Killed a Generation

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It is a gift, it is a curse. It has made things easier but has that necessarily been a good thing?

Journalism used to be a noble profession. Its importance encapsulated by the abhorrence it earned from the political ruling class. If journalists and politicians are found colluding in any sane society, there’s no greater surefire signal to worry. Be very afraid.

Journalists act as a check, they’re there to get under the skin of the establishment. The internet is sounding a death knell for journalism. Newspaper figures are progressively declining and this has meant that for them to stay economically viable the next challenge would be to cut costs. This has meant more media organizations going digital as it is more cost efficient as opposed to printing newspapers that would end up lining cupboards and wardrobes in the blink of an eye. Against this backdrop, the next challenge has been to garner hits so as to maximize advertising streams and steal a march on competitors.

Step in, clickbaits like the Daily Mail with Mail Online. Watching the success of celebrity oriented websites like TMZ, Bossip and Media Take Out, the Mail set out to become the Michael Jordan of the Internet by building its celebrity coverage and spicing this up with a sometimes discriminatory, bullying tone because there’s nothing that unites people than knocking down people without perceived flaws. People don’t feel guilty for attacking Kim Kardashian, a woman deemed as popular for the wrong reasons by calling her a whale for putting on weight whilst pregnant and get labeled “irresponsible” when she shows off her post baby body. Whilst that it can be described as a trivial issue, one recent instance is cause for worry. In 2008, BBC Journalist and author, Robert Peston was displeased to find out that the Daily Mail had published a story revealing the well guarded secret that his wife, the novelist Sian Busby was dealing with cancer. At the time, their second son was not even aware. Busby would end up passing away in 2012. I ask: How much is enough? When do we start to give respect to people’s privacy? Where do we draw the line as to what should lie in the scope of public knowledge? Who stood to gain from this revelation?

Mail Online has succeeded. It is heads and shoulders the most viewed news website in the world and generated 41 million Pounds in its last financial year. It appeals to the short attention span and celebrity obsessed culture of my generation. The obsession with hits has birthed the act of trolling – saying things to garner a reaction. An article can go viral, not because it raises salient points but more because people are sharing it out of outrage. Like “Can you believe this person said this?” Hits are hits though and their value to advertisers is enhanced.

Linda Ikeji’s blog would probably be the Nigerian version and whilst one should respect the way she has made herself relevant, it’s appalling that there is no legally underpinned way to ensure standards are upped. Linda Ikeji specializes in copy and paste journalism with a hint of cyber bullying. The internet has created a culture where people lacking an understanding of Journalism ethics and standards, parade themselves as “journalists”. The diminishing standards has worsened the wariness people feel towards journalists. They see the things the Mail’s of this world do, tar journalists with the same brush whilst forgetting that but for the traditional custodians like the Guardian, der Spiegel, the New York Times and the Washington Post the true depths of the surveillance government would never have come to public consciousness. The phone hacking scandal didn’t help and when coupled with the apathy towards the recent bid by the British government to regulate the press, the future looks worrisome. The oversaturation of society with tabloid culture has ensured that the media which traditionally was a friend of the masses has been left on its own.

In his interview with the BBC’s Zane Lowe, Kanye West said ” They completely changed the way Photography should be. (referring to paparazzi) Same as how there’s plenty of musicians that are sold the fcuk out and changed the art of music so that people don’t hold that to the highest level of genius anymore. Meaning like if there’s a high level, like visual artist or a high level clothing artist, they’ll be held at a higher level of genius than a musician because the things in music that are selling the most are the least inspired for the most part and the least genius.”

The internet has changed music in different ways. By allowing music to be shared so easily, the value of music declined. The internet has lessened the artistic value of music. Anyone can and will make music these days. In the past, one would have had to go to the studio and pay to record music. Now, it can be done on one’s laptop with the right software. And when everyone can make a song and upload it to the internet, it becomes a congested space and the standards decrease. As the value has decreased, there’s more pressure from record labels who as commercial entities have to make significant return on their investments. They influence their artists to make child friendly Pop music. This explains the rise of acts like Justin Bieber, One Direction and Miley Cyrus. On the other hand, it explains the sense of outrage when these acts decide they don’t want to pander to that audience any longer. It’s only natural with evolution that the kids demand a table with the adults. To these acts, revolting would in all likelihood guarantee that. Pressure to pander to radio. See Lupe Fiasco panning his own album ‘Lasers’. Pressure to pander to men. See Lily Allen’s ‘Hard Out Here’ video. Michael Jackson could make ‘Black and White’ and ‘Man in the Mirror’ because no record label was shouting in his ear to feature Madonna or Lady Gaga on a song. In today’s climate, socially conscious music gets very little attention. The art of music is dying slowly.

Technology has also killed our sense of experience. It has rendered the CD invalid. Before the advent of iTunes, the norm was to go to a record store, purchase the album, go home and savor the fresh smell of the minted album, put the CD in the record player and take in its contents. Now, it is near impossible for an album not to be out floating on the internet days or weeks before its release. Jay Z and Kanye West’s Watch the Throne, the only one in recent memory and that was shrouded in secrecy with hard drives being placed in safes and the digital form being released days before the physical. Last year, I was forced to buy Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ off iTunes(the first time I ever made a purchase on that platform) because it was unclear if the physical album had been shipped to England and even if, with the death of a chain like HMV I wasn’t even sure what store had it in stock that day. Sean Parker’s Napster the proponent of this. We go to concerts and spend our time there trying to get the best quality video possible so Elliott Wilson or TeamKanyeDaily can share it. Everyone wants their 60 seconds of fame.

Worst of all, the internet engenders anonymity which fosters hate. I can put up an essay sharing MY opinion on something and be sure that some idiot would comment attacking my person or saying something generally hurtful. Why should I be scared to share my opinion because I’m not looking forward to the vitriol I would get from dissenters? When did I proclaim myself some oracle whose every saying becomes fact?

A friend I asked to edit the paragraphs above, replied with the question: What does all this mean? If it wasn’t any clearer, the implications of all this are that it breeds a lot of negligible traits in generations mired in the technological era. It could be argued that on the media front, the more voices present, the better equipped the audience who could find it easier to cut through the bullshit. Is that necessarily true? I would counter that this is something that can only be levelled at those on the active side of the audience and that tends to be the very enlightened and elitist. The passive parts of the audience would hold this all in and view the Media from a lens of skepticism and distrust. This would obviously play into the hands of the ruling class who would gladly capitalize on any conflict or schism in the relationship between the press and the audience.

On a more general front, for all the talk of the Internet playing a role in the democratization process; it is a standard reducer. It commodifes everything into terms of hits and views and this obviously has had adverse influence on the offerings on display. Remember that Lupe Fiasco record ‘Dumb it Down’? Yep! The internet is eating away at the standards of a generation and dumbing it down.

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38 Comments

  1. hi

    September 23, 2014 at 8:40 am

    Mr Idowu, I disagree.Some of these Nigerian newspapers owners are friends with politicians so how can the whole truth come out? How?!

    More secrets come out through the internet. Why do you think some countries are oppressing internet users.

    Quality will always shine anywhere in the world. Excellence can never been beaten to second place so I think you are just being too traditional. Be careful cos traditn slaughters destinies sometimes. All the best.

  2. pearly cherub victorious

    September 23, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Nailed it on the head#love dat part of kim

  3. OmogeNaija

    September 23, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Roll with the times,
    The internet could either be a blessing or a curse, what we do with it is what determines the outcome; every break through comes with new sets of challenges, the internet is a break through and it came with its own unique challenges and we need to deal with this challenges to remain relevant
    A Journalist thought ahead ===with the rate at which this yahoo.com thing is going, people will stop buying these papers o, I better create an online version, and people asked, why are you giving the news free? why give it on a platter? with time he began to make money via adverts because he started recording hits! people started visiting the website or blog per second=== by all means adjust so that the world will not leave one behind.
    The internet in it’s entirety is not a bad thing, like I said, it is what we do with it that matters, oh some people get badly beaten, I agree, life is not fair at all times.

  4. bruno

    September 23, 2014 at 9:07 am

    So much wrong with this article, if u feel kim kardashian (a pornstar) can be ur daughter’s role model, good for you, celebrate her (can’t sing, can’t dance, can’t act, doesn’t play any sport). Mr idowu, you accuse linda ikeji of copy and paste journalism, what of u? This article is copied from different articles, remixed properly and pasted for us to see, thinking no one will notice, if no one will notice, I will. About the CD, itunes drama, Out with the old in with the new, before CD’s there was vinyl, it had its disadvantages, scratching, breaking, it was too big to carry etc, then the cd was invented, but still has its own problem, digital mp3 is still the best, your music will last years and years on ur computer or other devices, no scratching, no CD cluster, no breaking etc. I can go on and on about how wrong you are but, I will stop here, I’m tired.

    • Chic

      September 23, 2014 at 9:24 am

      I actually agree with you for once.

      This article is all shades of ****

    • Ada Nnewi

      September 23, 2014 at 10:46 am

      KIM kARDASHIAN is not a pornstar and btw you are not qualified to judge her…

    • bruno

      September 23, 2014 at 12:13 pm

      @ada nnewi, you like kim kardashian, that says a lot about you and your taste level, TRASH loves trash. By the way, nigerian girls who love and worship kim kardashian are usually very UGLY. Hahahahahahahaha

    • Colour Purple

      September 24, 2014 at 1:24 am

      Bruno you seem to be a very ugly gay guy, terribly frustrated at being unattractive to males, females and every one in between.

    • Ada Nnewi

      September 24, 2014 at 9:40 am

      Kim Kardashian is a loving wife, a doting mother, a respectful daughter, a successful business woman, and a physically beautiful and attractive woman. She made a sex tape with an ex boyfriend she was in a relationship with for years who decided to sell the sextape for profit when their relationship ended in a bid to embarrass her. She turned things around and used the cash generated from the sales to kick start her career and has evolved over time to to become all the things i listed at the beginning of my comment while you Bruno remain TRASH and TRASH LIKE….It must really stink to be you…

  5. Suwa

    September 23, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Theres one thing I have to say to you Mayowa!!! THE ONLY THING PERMANENT IS CHANGE!!! The internet is here to stay forever, for get the former era and move with the times! Peoples hussles and work and the different kind of jobs are available are changing! Humans evolve everytime…. The pros of the internet out weigh the cons. I love the fact that I can access news and gist and all without stress. Linda Ikeji might be a copy and paste but she had to work her a** off to get where she is today (gotta copy and paste the stuff to interest people from research and thinking and carving your niche). Medicine and health care is not what it used to be some years back, i had a medical problem ,i searched the internet, read journals and i was able to get help. Check out forensic science, everything is evolving. Dont cry about the past, work with the present to your advantage in the future! Dont get me wrongs, they are definitely cons about the internet, e.g people having access to see others posting silly things could result in suicides and all sort of stupidity. wth, many will see this article now because of the internet! I wouldnt say it killed a generation, I would say it ended an era..

  6. JK

    September 23, 2014 at 9:10 am

    Great inspiring words.

  7. BlueEyed

    September 23, 2014 at 9:15 am

    I personally believe the internet today represents the world and the minds that live in it, the diversity of the human race and the individuality of the human mind is infinite, therefore the internet is a representation of that fact, be it good, bad or in between. Secondly, Privacy is dead and not only amongst the majority who are in the public eye. The internet (technology) is a gift and a curse which I think is gonna get worse as time goes. So straddle yourselves people we will see more appalling sides of the internet.

  8. mwilly

    September 23, 2014 at 9:17 am

    @hi, u av said it all. I cant begin to count the number of information have been exposed to as a result of the internet, most of this wouldn’t have been possible with the conventional media alone. I am appalled at the level of nudity and other dangerous vices been circulated via the media but the advantages really outweigh the disadvantages. Many people got their jobs, spouses and other remarkable achievements via the internet. Mr Idowu, lets give the internet the credit it deserves, peace!

  9. bruno

    September 23, 2014 at 9:30 am

    The art of music is dying slowly, dear mr idowu, what do you even know about real music. This article is all over the place, so many different issues Put together, mr idowu, you’re an ITK. There have always been kid pop stars, jackson 5, janet jackson, even justin timberlake and christina aguilera where always teen pop stars and grew from there, so what are u saying. If u love lupe fiasco, good for you, but pls don’t behave like ur taste in music is more superior to people who love sugary pop music. Mr idowu, I think u pride ur self of knowing too much, but in reality u know nothing. If u want to keep living in the past, good for you, go to alaba and buy a time machine, things would keep evolving, its people like you who can’t adapt. Assuming there was internet/technology in the past, I don’t think there will even be religion today.

    • Ada Nnewi

      September 23, 2014 at 10:49 am

      How young are you bruno?…your immaturity always shines through in your comments, Idowu is very right..true music is dying, you obviously have not invested some time in listening to different genres of music recorded in different decades…if you did you would realise that music is really dying…

    • On your case

      September 23, 2014 at 11:33 am

      This girl is dead on arrival
      she has nothing good to offer this generation
      You are in for it!

  10. Lady N

    September 23, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Lol obviously an article written by a kanye stan or a teamkimye…..I really tried to understand your point…you were making sense at the beginning but later started contradicting yourself in my opinion..

    ‘Worst of all, the internet engenders anonymity which fosters hate. I can put up an essay sharing MY opinion on something and be sure that some idiot would comment attacking my person or saying something generally hurtful. Why should I be scared to share my opinion because I’m not looking forward to the vitriol I would get from dissenters? When did I proclaim myself some oracle whose every saying becomes fact?”

    you call someone an idiot but on the other hand accuse someone of possibly saying something generally hurtful to you?…… if you have a right to put up an essay or comment stating your opinion, then why cant others state theirs be it hateful or not…..

    mind you i do not support hateful things but rather prefer constructive criticism…..I hardly comment even. I opened this article hoping to agree with you or read something good but rather you ended up sounding like a voltron/stan. unfortunately that is how the world is today, lets move with the times. lets face it some of these celebrities love being talked about good or bad.

  11. mschewwwww

    September 23, 2014 at 9:48 am

    Every nigerian entertainment blogger is a lazy copy and paster including bellanaija, not just that k leg girl linda ikeji alone. If you click on top 5 naija entertainment blogger I swear you wont know the difference, all talking same shyt copied from western bloggers.

    Anybody can be a blogger. Nothing unique about any of them . They all one in the same. Same topics, same copy, cut and paste

    • hmm

      September 23, 2014 at 11:35 am

      My opinion ( I may be wrong). I think you are trying to cheapen others successes.

      BellaNaija is different.
      1. It is owned by someone schooled with a different mindset. She graduated with Distinction from a very prestigious school in Canada.
      2. They do not just show any image. They are modified to suit taste and culture and decency.
      3. bellanaija weddings is a work of love. So much effort goes into it and you can see it!
      4. Infact bella, change your name to BELLAFRIKA abeg. you too mcuh.
      5. (contd, sorry abeg) They are always thinking of better ways to present the website daily. It shows.
      6. They recruit people. It is a business. They have got reporters and columists.
      7. They do charity work.
      8. This is Nigeria. They are trying. give them credit.
      9. They are contributing to the youth revolution since they are giving youth strong voices.

      more i cant rem.

      but BELLANAIJA/bellaafrikaa IS VERRRRYYY DIFFERENT.

      ALL THE BEST.

    • Save Naija!

      September 23, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      Agreed one thousand percent!

      BTW, checkout this article on bbc Africa about the Nigerian internet warriors. Very interesting article I must say.

  12. Moshood Aremu

    September 23, 2014 at 9:59 am

    I agree with a lot of the things said, however the internet is a tool, is dependent on the user. If you want to use the internet to better yourself, you will. If you want to find about about celebrity gossip, you will. It’s all about intent and perspective.
    What I think we should be preaching about is how to teach people (especially youth) the proper and responsible use of the internet.

  13. Mae

    September 23, 2014 at 10:49 am

    I’m not even a little bit surprised at the comments. *sigh*

  14. omoibo

    September 23, 2014 at 10:55 am

    I beg to differ from the author about the internet I personally believe it is one of the best things that was invented when it comes to the distribution of information to the masses!

    Imagine for a second, if we had to rely on the so called newspaper journalist to keep us in the know of all the ongoing issues in naija how little the masses would know?
    The author fails to realize that the media all over the world are mostly controlled by special interest groups & the government so having the internet allows the average Joe Blow to be able to access info beyond what’s being fed to them by the media houses.
    The same internet has given a loud loud voice to those that would never have been heard, it has led to revolutions that has forced change!
    So, you see the Internet (Digital Age) while not perfect has done more in forwarding the human cause in my opinion than any other.
    The internet is only a natural progression of the time we live in and if any individual chooses not to get on board is going be very disadvantaged.

  15. seun

    September 23, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    I hope you realize your bellanaija had to re-invent her self when she was and still facing fierce competition from Linda ikeji and ladun liadi? You know those bloggers that didn’t school abroad?

    Nairaland na all of una baba. Even Bella naija advertises on Nairaland.

    Anyway, the internet has come here to stay. All sectors of the business world are feeling the pinch.

    • Anon

      September 23, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      I was too lazy to type. Thanks for speaking my mind. Bella Naija has “dumbed down” to keep up with the Joneses. Strategy!

      I loathe Nairaland. It’s a cesspool of bigots, ignorance and immaturity..

    • seun

      September 23, 2014 at 3:53 pm

      Oh yeah. They had to dumb down to keep those dollars coming in. Who wants to be kicked out of business. ?

      As for Nairaland, I think there is something for everyone. Just try and stay away from front page. Lol..

      Again, businesses all over the world from broadcast media,(most cable subscribers are cutting the chord left right and centre) print , brick and mortar stores(sears inc . and staples closed down some of their stores already. I foresee them them going out of business in a few years .

      The internet has come to stay. You either compete or get ready to be kicked to the curb.

    • hmm

      September 24, 2014 at 8:44 am

      Do you have anything against those who schooled abroad? I hope not if you want your children and grandchildren to school abroad or in excellent schools. No need to bash blessing.

      Most of these other bloggers you mentioned imported some of their ideas and concepts. Yes! Some of original ideas do not come from Nigeria.

      Also, some of them have links abroad, siblings, friends, so it’s still an abroad thing.

      ALL THE BEST.

    • hmm

      September 24, 2014 at 8:50 am

      I know the owner of Nairaland. Comes from a respectable CHRISTIAN family. Now thats a FAMILY.

      Seun Osewa never cheated while in school as i heard. People hated him. Always getting 90something percent.

      He dropped out of Ife to start Nairaland. Thats “abroad’ thinking. He was a genius who dropped out of a school for geniuses. Not that he was not coping or lazy. Or going abroad.

      THAT IS “ABROAD” thinking!!!

    • hmm

      September 24, 2014 at 8:58 am

      *He is

    • seun

      September 24, 2014 at 9:41 pm

      I definitely do not have anything against those who schooled abroad because I did as well. Canada precisely.

  16. Ms. Sane

    September 23, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Dear writer, you come across as someone averse to change, when change is the only constant in the universe. While I agree with some of what you said like: if journalists and politicians are found colluding in any sane society, there’s no greater surefire signal to worry”, I don’t agree with many others.

    Saying things like “technology has also killed our sense of experience” is ridiculous. I would argue instead that technology has actually enhanced our collective experience in many ways – granted that there are always positives and negatives to everything.

    Consider these and think of what people’s preference would be:
    – Cell phones which offer instantaneous untethered communication vs. old fashioned paper-pen-process
    – Cars vs. donkeys and carts
    – GPS vs. paper map
    – Cake mixers vs. manually mixing cake batter
    – And using your example: digital music vs. CDs, Cassettes
    – Online news sources vs traditional newspaper e.t.c.

    Now you know why saying something like this: “driving cars today (as opposed to riding donkeys) has killed our sense of (transportation) experience”, is ridiculous.

    But what about innovation? When innovation is lacking, one would detest any technological advancement that disrupts one’s industry.

    From a consumer’s stand point, I love being able to access digital music on iTunes because I can purchase only the songs I really like. I am so thankful that I am no longer forced to buy a crappy CD when I only like one or two songs in it. Why would I complain about discovering independent artists on my own on YouTube, and supporting them by purchasing their songs for $.99 or $1.29? I think it also fosters a healthy competition in the market place, a type that gives independent artists a chance. So when you say technology has rendered the CD invalid, I sit here and wonder what you would say about technology’s role in essentially causing the extinction of disc phonographs – the dominant audio recording format throughout most of the 20th century.

    Reputable news media houses need to stay competitive in this digital age, and they better know how to satisfy their consumers to stay profitable and relevant. Again as a consumer, I get daily news from credible news sources: Reuters, CNN, NY times, Washington Post etc., and I also know where to go for celebrity gossip news as well. Now if advertisers need to analyze clicks to help them determine where to spend Ad-dollars, then that’s fine. Given how competitive the landscape is, calling media (whether gossip or reputable news sources) “clickbaits” is moot point; they are simply trying stay competitive while demonstrating value to both consumers and advertisers.

    I have to say though that your write-up was a bit all over the place as it meshes a loooooot of issues under one umbrella. It also lends itself to various interpretations – I feel like I had to decode what you intended to say on many occasions, and that wore me out.

    Well, take this for whatever it’s worth; it’s just my opinion.

  17. Jade

    September 23, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    I totally understand where you’re coming from. But you’re proverbially burning the school after you’ve graduated. The Internet in more than one way has helped you. Yes, there are a lot of disadvantages but you just mostly bashed without giving helpful solutions. This would probably have given this article more credibility. The world keeps changing and no matter how much you rant no one is going to go back. Quality always prevails and even in the midst of so called congestion, will eventually stand out though it may take time. Selah

  18. Iris

    September 24, 2014 at 6:00 am

    “I can put up an essay sharing MY opinion on something and be sure that some idiot would comment attacking my person or saying something generally hurtful.”

    First of all, you admit that you SHARED your opinion. If you don’t want to hear comments about your article or (unfortunately) your person, DON’T SHARE. As much as we want to be loved by everybody there will always be a difference of opinion. Even you seem to have one – after all you just called those people who insult your person “idiots.” You’ve also called certain kinds of music sub-par. That’s just your opinion. Some people may like it. You see then how easy it is for you to comment on other people’s shared ideas? You complain that it is no longer the norm to buy a CD…Honey nobody is stopping you. They still sell them o! I will download my music in peace while you go into the CD store in peace. By the way your comment about the pressure for child-friendly pop music (and it ain’t that child-friendly no more) may be somewhat true, but pressure on teen-favoured artists is not new. Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Backstreet Boys, Pink, Usher, *NSYNC and tons of others would probably be the first to tell you this.

    Secondly, the internet is a tool controlled by people with minds and consciences. It did not wake up one day and decide to take over people’s brains. Please do not blame the internet for the fact that people read trashy gossip (FYI gossip is as old as time. The internet – and people’s conscious choice to search for gossip and cheap news – is what has simply made it more accessible).

    Let’s bring it home shall we? Journalism in Nigeria died long before the internet exploded. I’m thinking it collapsed somewhere between military dictatorship and the pathetic decline of the educational system which today causes people to say “Am” instead of “I’m” and to be too-lazy minded to take the time to type out their words and instead use silly expressions like LLNP, HBD, and IJN, and ultimately cause people like Tonto Dike to spell like they are epileptic. I know you referred to foreign media but that’s not much fun – not when we’re in Nigeria

    Lastly, please can you people stop with the Linda Ikeji bashing already? She didn’t have the advantage of a fancy education abroad or seed money to do much. She started from the ground up. True in the past a few of her posts have been uncalled for and a lot of comments that make it to her blog should probably not, but she has used her blog for awareness about rape, genital mutilation, societal injustice, about the Aluu 4 (unceasingly – which many of you self-righteous people here never mention when you insult her “tastelessness”). When the DANA crash happened, she was the first site to come out with an accurate manifest.
    It is also interesting that many of you come to this website to bash her after clearly making your way to her blog to read what she has to say. I am not her sister and I don’t know her from Adam but the hypocrisy is too much. The fact is people like gossip and it sells. Let’s not pretend. Even BN does it sometimes and it is not a crime. You read it all and then come here all like “omg y’all are so classy unlike Linda Ikeji”. Abegi!

  19. nene

    September 24, 2014 at 8:55 am

    i didn’t read the article, i only took the last few lines. i believe the internet is dumbing down the population, but it still has its advantages, especially as life is easier, and people can earn a living over the internet. on the downside, people can’t think for themselves anymore, and nothing is sacred anymore, everyone has access to all sorts of materials online. people are becoming more addicted to the superficial, and bad/good behaviours are easily spread around the world, and people jump on it due to the bandwagon culture. people don’t even read anymore in order to enlighten themselves, and everyone wants to be an internet celebrity, or become famous for being famous.

  20. papermoon

    September 24, 2014 at 10:17 am

    mayowa obviously u ar a journalist who is worried about de gate-keeping functions of professional journalism. its a fact dat de internet makes it easy for anyone to publish without complying with de tenets and ethics of proper journalism. that is worrisome.
    formally de editors had de responsibility to select works for de public, now de net comes with so much freedom people can publish any materials dat under normal circumstances wld not be passed by any editor (freedom of expression remenber) .
    it only means readers now hav to judge for themselves wat to read and wat not to read (freedom if choice) because the good, bad and de ugly are all out there.
    this is how far we ve come with progress and freedom. wen we all start feeling de excess edges of these freedoms, we will call for responsible freedoms. its a matter time. Even AMERICA de home of lady liberty has putting gags on paparrazzies (excuse my spelling if wrong). we ll get there.

  21. this is our land

    September 24, 2014 at 12:48 pm

    The greatest thing you can do to empower the average Nigerian youth is to give her unfettered access to the internet. Like it or not, the internet is here to stay. It may have its disadvantages but besides you I don’t think anyone would want to live in a world without the WWW.

  22. oy

    September 25, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    Reading through the comments, most people didnt get the writer’s point. he isnt saying the internet isnt a good thing or that change is bad

  23. zee

    September 29, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    is it ever, ever possible for us Nigerians, whether home/naija/abroad schooled to pass across our viewpoints without being aggressive or attacking the other person’s viewpoints? what is with us and all these aggression anyway? what makes you come to the cyberspace and attack a virtual stranger for having an opinion yet we actually beilieve in all our educated hearts that we are better than those fathers/mothers/aunties/uncles/sistas/friends etc with limited worldview and exposure who tore down people without getting to really know them? We get angry at his mother, her father, her sista, or friends who spoke out against us even based on hearsay without giving us the b;enefit of the doubt? so what really do we think we do here when we can cuss out anybody under anonymity with exotic names like zee, jade, iris, bluebreed, mz ssocially awkward, etc? just because, simply because they dared have a different viewpoint? haba!

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