I once sarcastically said that I feel like it is much harder to actually stand up against the mainstream on Twitter than stand up against a dictator.Ingat Revolusi Mesir di tahun 2011 yang dimulai dari sebuah halaman di Facebook? Ingat Wael Ghonim?
because at least when I stand up against a dictator I know there are a lot of people who will support me. But when you stand up against the Twitter (Facebook) mainstream, they are just going to all go against you.
Instead of constructive dialogue about the way forward, there were bitter flame wars among many groups—sometimes among friends. Rather than uniting to take the country forward, the conversation descended into bickering, propaganda, many false claims, and fear-mongering.
To be sure, there is no doubt that the Internet (and so social media) actually helps facilitate communication and shows the power of crowdsourcing in positive action, especially when it comes to the humanitarian activities like when there is a hurricane or a terrorist attack. The problem is, however, that the negatives are obvious and not talked about enough.