The Chennai Rains Mania on Social Media — Fact or Fiction?
Daniel Anandaraj Garnipudi - @dodosamuel
In the aftermath of the rains that lashed the city and its environs, I have been thinking how easily rumours of cyclones, floods and other dire consequences spread. In the past week and more, I received numerous calls and texts from office colleagues regarding the status of the rains and began pondering on the best way for people to know what the real situation possible flooding and water-logging is.
What really does not help is the fact that social media — whilst having many positives as evidenced by the way the city of Chennai rallied together during the “great floods” in December 2015 — also has significant negatives.
I don’t know what it is with rumour mongers. What do they actually seek to gain from spreading false rumours? I agree; many a time social media is a great platform for sharing true information and connecting with people
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