The good, the bad and the very sad on social media

The good, the bad and the very sad on social media
GoPro video cameras mounted on handlebars and social media have brought the Tour de France race much closer to fans.

It looked like a scene straight out of a movie.

A man is helplessly pinned under a lorry. Strangers rush in, each one doing his part to tilt the heavy vehicle, until the person underneath the vehicle could be dragged out safely.

Except that this did not take place in the cinema, but at the junction of Bendemeer Road and Boon Keng Road.

The ubiquity of the smartphone and the ease in which things can go viral in a small, technology-savvy country means such deeds are more likely to spread.

And that is a good thing - kind acts should be lauded.

Another example: A heavily pregnant woman was in labour and, with her husband, could not find a means of transport to a hospital. Luckily for them, another couple - Mr Syed Zukarnain and his wife - spotted their distress and gave them a lift. The baby was born in the car. "As long as the baby and mother are safe, we are happy. What we can do, we just help," said Mr Syed, 46.

But, like we do for good deeds, we should also be on the lookout for bad ones.

A viral video earlier last week showed a woman allegedly being abused by her daughter outside their Lower Delta Road flat. The latest development? The neighbour might be in on it too.

All this would not have been known to the public were it not for another neighbour who decided to film the act, and push it out to his friends on Facebook.

Hashtags #savethemakcik and #·SAVETHENENEK started trending. The authorities reacted swiftly and investigations are ongoing.

In this day and age, it is clear that identifying foul acts that warrant more attention is just as important as recognising good ones.

And with social media, anyone can do it.

As the Singapore Civil Defence Force, who is on a mission to find the good Samaritans in the lorry incident, said: "You don't have to be in a costume to be a superhero."


Watching one of the most gruelling bicycle races from the comfort of your home? Yes, please. Up-to-the-minute updates from a bustling Twitter account,

GoPro video cameras on handlebars and sneak peeks on Instagram have brought the thrills of the famed circuits to fans, without the cost of a plane ticket.

Highlights include controversial crashes and the legendary Lacets de Montvernier road, which is being used on the route for the first time.


A Facebook post by user Veronica Ridgle, asking others to write the saddest story they can in four words, has been making its rounds the past week.

Her own entry was "Harshly stabbed to death".

The post garnered more than 4,000 responses and was shared more than 14,000 times. Local sites also came up with gems such as "Everybody knock it down", "No place to sit" and "Never win NDP tickets".


Eraser wars, haw flakes, and cards about tanks and planes were just some of the memories shared on Twitter as hashtag #GrowingUpSingaporean trended last week. It first surfaced on the micro-blogging site on July 15 and appears to be a localised spin-off from hashtags like #GrowingUpBlack and #GrowingUpAsian.

Social Media Editor

This article was first published on July 26, 2015.
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