|Welcome to the internet, Chef|
|Wednesday, 09 May 2012 00:00|
there is a lot of unreliable news on the web.
Little is known about who funds online news sites or what their real intentions are, but they appear to specialise in presenting “secondary news” — information obtained from other news sources and repackaged into over-zealously extreme, blatantly biased pieces of information.
For starters, the Zimbabwe Government needs to have an up-to-date official website.
The two main political parties have websites, but they both act as nothing more than a “Google search” of political news favourable to them from local newspapers or online sites.
There is little or no space for information on the parties’ political ideologies, policy-making and implementation, or important announcements.
Zanu-PF could use theirs to explain the indeginisation drive they are spearheading, because for the most part readers or viewers see only numbers — such and such percentage and so and so billions of dollars. But no one is there to explain how such a move can benefit, say a working class family man that rests only on Sundays for a paltry monthly pay.
The best bit about a big party’s website is that it is official communication on behalf of millions on members, so any pronouncements carry more weight that views and opinions of any one party member.
In today’s world, traditional newspaper readership and local television viewership is declining while online access continues to grow.
Politicians need to guard against becoming irrelevant, like the online sports section of the ‘pink paper’ that still leads with stories written well before the 2010 World Cup when Carlo Ancelotti was still managing Chelsea.
mind on whatever topic that may be of interest to them and the public.
That way, there is little chance of either getting misquoted or the public believing a deliberately twisted piece of news as the direct information would be available on a space specially sanctioned by an authoritative member of society.
A Google search of one’s name under ‘news’ would show all the most recent information about the person published online, and it takes very little time for a politicians to write a few words in relation to whatever may have been presented to the public.
Today, news is no longer about waiting for ZTV cameras or conversing with a nodding journalist with a notebook only.
Since the turn of the century, Zimbabwean politicians have been complaining about misinformation and complete fabrications by the Western media. Yet, instead of personally putting up information that ‘sets the record straight’, they fuel speculations by ignoring the online public that is bombarded by the ‘frivolous and vivacious’ news on a daily basis.
The interactive nature of the internet allows for instant feedback and continuous sharing of ideas between political figures and the public and may be a good barometer to gauge civic perceptions on important matters such as the all important question, ‘Will I get reelected in the next elections?’