Singer-songwriter Aizat Amdan

Be mindful of your actions online

When going online, social ethics demand that we improve the way we share, singer-songwriter Aizat Amdan tells Amalina Kamal

IN THIS INCREASINGLY TECHNOLOGICAL AGE, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON FINDING INSPIRATION?
As a singer-songwriter, I tend to write about real events or happenings that are dear to my heart and mix that with the things that listeners (hopefully) find believable.

One thing great about technology is that it has enabled me to source for ideas to write music through all sorts of avenue.

The way the world perceives art today is different. Minds and habits are changing, so it’s only natural to grow accordingly with time.

Some of my inspirations are sourced through social media. It’s one of the easiest ways to find out about things that go on around the world and discover interesting visuals.

For some reason, I constantly find myself online searching for nature shots. One of my favourite profiles is @natgeo (National Geographic). The images and postings are very telling.


WHAT IS THE STATUS OF YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA DEPENDENCY?
In a day, I spend half of my time being preoccupied with social media. Do I find it unhealthy? Not if I know I’m using it the right way.

While generally we have this idea that social media (or at least the impact of its constant use) is detrimental to the state of our mental/moral health, I find the issue to be more subjective. It really depends on one’s personal use.

Ideally, the myriad social networking platforms available should be viewed as modern media to encourage community empowerment.

If we strive to utilise social media in a more empathic manner, not only do we get to support other people with similar interests (and feel supported by them in return), we are also able to persuade and nurture a more virtuous online

environment among netizens.

However, if there is one digital habit that I am willing to recover from, it would be allowing my phone to keep me up at night.


WHAT IS ONE MAJOR FLAW THAT SOCIAL MEDIA USERS ARE GUILTY OF?
The fact that the circulation of fake news has now become a common phenomenon. This is alarming and I am honestly scared of it. It’s even scarier that some whole-heartedly choose to believe these false information/fabricated gossip and pass them on without proper review.


ANY IDEAS TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM IN THIS POST-TRUTH ERA?
Everyone needs to be aware of what they share — it’s about time we take this to heart. Always remember that positive update breeds positive update, so try and be more mindful of your actions online.


WHAT’S YOUR TAKE ON SOCIAL ETHICS WHEN GOING ONLINE?
I once read that about 71 per cent of our population now live with smart devices, which indirectly means that they are all powered by Internet connectivity. Whether the statistics are true or not, suffice to say that almost everyone is virtually logged in and with it comes great responsibility.

The borders of communication are blurred and this could either be beneficial or menacing to individuals involved.

If we want to move forward and become a society that is more engaging, we should encourage one another through love and motivation.

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