Technology once seen as a blessing, now viewed as a curse

Technology once seen as a blessing, now viewed as a curse

The coming in of technological advancements on the seen many tech giants proclaimed that it is bringing freedom, enlightenment and a better future for all mankind. But on the contrary, a lot of people now see it as more of a curse than a blessing, especially in political circles.

In a 2012 manifesto for investors, Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder, explained why his social network existed. He said that Facebook was a tool to create “a more honest and transparent dialogue around government.” The result, he said, would be “better solutions to some of the biggest problems of our time.” Facebook is not all there is to technology. There are so many inventions, so many companies. We have big companies like Facebook, Google, Twitter, LinkedIn and Amazon. They determine a lot of things in our lives today.

Information technology now determines how political candidates get elected as well as how they communicate with the people once they are in office. Every average citizen now has access to the news online. This means that information or misinformation passed does not take time to reach the ears of every citizen once posted online. Many political culprits are now taking advantage this to cause havoc, while others are using this to fight the truth. As a result, to the people it is now confusing to know whether some of the news online are the truth or just lies. Lies can be the truth and the truth can be lies. As technology continues to advance in previously unimaginable ways, it's our duty to ask ourselves what role we want tech to play in the future of our government.

It was once uncommon to hear such things as Twitter uprisings and Facebook revolutions, as we hear today. Today these social media platforms are more likely to be linked to their potential for manipulating public opinions and influencing elections, including the one that saw Donald Trump elected as America’s President. The fact that I have such power in terms of numbers with Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., Trump said on CBS’ 60 Minutes during the Republican primaries that he would later go on to win. I think it helped me win all of these races where they’re spending much more money than I spent. 

Facebook determines how people communicate, Amazon determines to some extend how people do their shopping and Google determines how people get information as well as what information to appear and what not to.

All this combined lead the people to the conclusion that technology is to blame for the fake news, lies and other detrimental tech manipulations. It is not in Zimbabwe alone that stringent measures are being taken to control and to spell out how people use technology, many countries are, but will this solve the real problems people are facing in this area?