In an iconic scene from the 1996 film Jerry Maguire, Cuba Gooding Jr as Rod Tidwell is seen hopping mad, punching the air with his muscular arms and screaming, “Show me the money!” The poor rich soccer star wants his agent, a harassed Tom Cruise, to get him a higher-than-ever fee. The star’s million-dollar house is developing cracks, water pipes are bursting...”s-h-o-w me the money” is his clarion call. As our nation battles the elections, there are so many cracks and fault-lines: from the hilly east to the desert-defined west. And no one seems to be screaming, “Show me the programme!” The programme that can offer real solutions for real Indians, whose thatched homes are cracked and dry, whose LPG cylinders lie empty for months and whose staple dal-rice-veggie combo, is often way beyond their means. From Amethi to Kolkata, the rhetoric is so strong and full-throated. Priyanka Gandhi, who has been media-branded as a … [Read more...] about Silence is louder than words
Actions speak louder than words speech
Democrats vying to challenge US President Donald Trump in the 2020 election moved quickly to attack his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, saying it lacked substance and did nothing to unite the country. About 10 Democrats have already launched campaigns to challenge Trump, and a dozen more could enter the race for their party’s nomination. US Senator Cory Booker, who announced his own bid last Friday, said Trump’s call for unity on Tuesday was hollow. “It takes more than a nod to unity at the top of a speech to bring our country together. Our president has spent the last 2 years trying to drive us apart,” he wrote on Twitter. “Actions speak louder than words.” Advertising Stacey Abrams, who fell just short in her bid last year to become the first African-American and first woman governor of Georgia, delivered the official Democratic response to Trump’s speech. But many of the party’s presidential hopefuls chimed in … [Read more...] about Trump’s 2020 Democratic rivals pounce to criticize State of the Union speech
Umejuru, who is the Eze-Okwu-Onu-Ka-Oha of Idu-Ogba Community, expressed worries that the continuing use of hate speeches and negative propaganda for electoral campaigns would heat up the polity and if not properly handled, could result to crisis. Fielding questions from journalists at his palace in Idu Ogba on Monday, Umejuru charged politicians, especially those seeking elective positions, to sell their manifestoes to the electorates and leave them to accept it or not. “For me, I do not think it's a better strategy to mudsling or take to character assassination just to prove to the electorates that you can deliver. Tell them what you can do for them and how you intend doing it, simple! Anything other than that will be counterproductive” the royal father intoned. He called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to enshrine a code of conduct for politicians and ensure its enforcement. His words: “It is only by so doing that you separate … [Read more...] about 2019: Hateful Speeches Are Counter-Productive, Eze Umejuru Tells Politicians
Benito Mussolini, the infamous Italian fascist, once said of his country’s press, “Italian journalism is free because it serves one cause and one purpose, mine.” He was shot to death in April 1945. His body was beaten, abused and hung on meat hooks in Milan’s public square by a resentful mob of citizens. More recently, Brazil’s newly elected President, Jair Bolsonaro, described the influx of immigrants in the country as, “The scum of the earth is showing up in Brazil, as if we didn’t have enough problems of our own to sort out.” He had a knife driven five inches into his side by a radical left-wing opponent at a Sept. 6 campaign rally. Citing these extreme cases demonstrates how the political system in a country can devolve into a more radical and even violent state. These are but two examples of a simple political logic: strong-arm tactics and hateful rhetoric will produce a response from not only from those who are abused and slandered, … [Read more...] about War of Words: How Rhetoric Can Turn Ugly
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey reportedly admitted that he would like to ditch the "like" option on tweets in the interest of fostering meaningful debate. Some see changes like this, as well as changes rolled out by other social sites like Facebook and Google, as misplaced; removing the 'like' button does not combat hate speech on Twitter, which is the platform's real problem. Still, many say that social media sites are finally paying attention to users' needs and taking necessary action. What do you think? PERSPECTIVES According to The Telegraph, Twitter is considering ditching the "like" button altogether. Many have called for Twitter to take measures to hide users' numbers-Kanye West even got in on the debate-and removing the classic heart directly addresses those requests. When presented with the question "Should social media allow users to hide 'like' and follower numbers?", the Tylt community voted in favor of hiding numbers on all social media. … [Read more...] about Are social media sites actually addressing the right issues?