I haven’t squeeze my creative juice for long. I need to come up with a choral speaking script for Johor Bahru English Carnival. Theme: technology, family and relationship. Hence, here’s what I can share with you. Don’t forget to give credit to this blog!
Social Media by Nurul Aini Adnan (2014)
Good morning to the honourable judges, teachers and fellow friends. Today is the day when you can hear an interesting point of view about social media.
Tweet2x Tweet2x (Look around, trying to find the noise)
Tweet2x Tweet2. (Robot voice) “You tweet was just retweeted”
A: Oh…I thought it was a bird.
All: Retweeted? What is that?
A: If you say something brilliant, your words will be read again and again by your followers and the followers of your followers.
A boy looks like he is reading something behind a book. A mother came and asked:
Mother: Son, what are you doing?
Son: Facebook ma.
Mother: Wah! My son is reading.
Son: Facebook ma. Not a book that you can borrow from the library.
Mother: Oh…Facebook… What is Facebook?
All: Oh, Facebook. It’s a social network application. Nowadays almost everyone has a Facebook account. It helps you to keep in touch with your friends around the globe. Facebook is a global phenomenon and made Mark Zuckerberg a young millionaire. The Facebook application exists in almost all smartphone.
Smartphone? Smart, phone? How smart is it? Everyone has it. Do you know why do we use a phone?
Line 1: It’s because we want to talk with someone who is far away.
Line 2: However nowadays people are clinging on their smartphones because of social media!
Line 3: What is social media?
All: Website and applications used for social networking. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, et cetera, et cetera. However, without proper monitoring and ethics, it can be harmful. Albert Einstein once said: “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.” Gossips, lies, hoax and provocation spread like wildfire through these social media. What a shame. (head hung low)
One fine day, a father asked his family to go out for dinner. This is an example of how we have misused the technology. We no longer communicate with each other in the same space.
Father: Dear, let’s go for a dinner at Kenny Rogers.
Kids: Yeay!! Kenny Rogers!
While they are having dinner, (sound of crickets)
Waitress: What’s for dinner sir?
Father: I would like to have the pasta and orange juice please. Thank you. (Looking at the iPad)
Waitress: What about you ma’am?
Mother: I would like to have the same menu please.
Waitress: Alright. What about the kids?
Kids: We will have kids’ combo menu set number one. That’s all.
Waitress: Great! Your order will be right up.
All: At the dinner table, everyone is very focus. (Playing iPads and tablets)
Very, very focus. (Cricket sound)
They are sitting together in the same space but the family members are busy with their gadgets.
What an irony! The purpose of having dinner together is to get closer with family members. Not to grow apart and get lost in the virtual world of social media. We are supposed to communicate with family members. Not the whole Facebook nation. I repeat, communication. C.O.M.M.U.N.I.C.A.T.I.O.N
Grandmother: The purpose of these communication devices is to help us to communicate with someone in far distance. However, the technology has taken over us.
The day that Albert Einstein’s fear has come. We have misused the tools of communication. We should use the tools to enhance our living quality. We should not be addicted to Facebook and Twitter. We can’t spread gossips, lies and hoax on social media.
Grandmother: Children, tell me. If you have a flat tyre in the middle of nowhere, would you ask for help on your Facebook?
All: No, grandma.
Rules number 47 stated by Richard Templar’s in his book: Never be too busy for loved ones. Get to know them before it’s too late. You parents, your family and relatives. These are important people in your life. Appreciate them now before it’s too late. Oh, by the way, we hope that you will upload our video on Facebook and Youtube.
Till then, goodbye and thank you.