#AtoZChallengeJamaica S is for Social media’s slippery slope slapping silly and senseless some psychophants and psychologically challenged

We’re often led to believe that adults should show children the way, but in the age of social media it may be that adults need lessons from the children–and mistakes they make.

We’ve seen recently what some call the allure of social media on politicians–its magnetism is partly the prospect of immediate disclosure and sharing of thoughts to a world that is almost limitless. Who actually reads or listens or watches is not always known, but a ready audience in there to consume. Sweet populism!

I won’t get into psychobabble about dopamine, but much has been written about the psychological pull of social media.

I’m sure Coleridge had no notions of social media when he wrote Kubla Khan:

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What Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms might have become–Pleasure Domes

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan 
A stately pleasure-dome decree

Let me work with the idea I’ve had for ages that some people seem to think social media is ‘out of this world’: it’s a warp-speed space, where actions are taken swiftly and human behaviours often defy Earthly norms. Look around at its use: it seems clear, even by politicians who seemingly have high intelligence.

Perhaps that simple postulation explains some of the tweeting in Jamaica about #MyPersonalView. Some people think that social media is a dumping ground for personal views, unbounded–little thought for basis or consequence. He or she who thinks that has started on a slippery slope, where reason has been left behind. Trolls are but one of the savage beasts lurking there.

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Trolls and their distorted personal viewpoints

.#AToZChallengeJamaica: R is for Reports & Recommendations

Read, reflect, react. Jamaica has a poor record of doing the latter. Will it be different regarding the latest report on the atrocities committed against the residents of Tivoli?

Right Steps & Poui Trees

WKGNCOE cover vol 1Last week Wednesday (June 15), the report of the Western Kingston Commission of Enquiry was tabled in the Parliament by Minister of Justice, Delroy Chuck. Since then there has been much discussion of the report itself, as well as the recommendations detailed in Chapter 15.

The 900 page (including appendices) report is written in very clear and accessible language and is  organised in a logical  manner.

WKGNCOE report structure of

I would encourage people to read at least some chapters of the report, and to follow what steps are taken towards implementation of the recommendations within the report.

Because that’s the thing. We are good at doing reports and making recommendations, but where we repeatedly fall down is on implementation.

Minister Chuck said that a sub-committee of Cabinet has been set up to review this report and that a committee of Parliament will also consider the report. The Government needs to  clear in a…

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