The social media revolution is not over, by far. One can safely conclude that it has had possibly the greatest impact on free speech and communication of all times, rivalling the newspaper and even threatening its existence. But that, of course, is not the end of the story.

Recently, we’ve seen a demonstration of the sheer power, but also the danger, of social media in all its unbridled glory, when the wife of entertainer Sean Paul, Mrs Jodi Stewart-Henriques, popularly called ‘Jinx’, complained about intolerable noise coming from a neighbouring property in upscale Norbrook, St Andrew, allegedly owned by Mr Usain Bolt, the revered runner and world’s fastest man.

“Between the bikes… loud, horrid music, parties and screams, I honestly wish he would go back to where he came from. He’s a horrible neighbour. I cannot wait to move,” ‘Jinx’ posted on Facebook. She added that her recourse to the police for help had been futile because “it’s Bolt”.

The complaint went viral on social media and had tongues wagging intensely, until ‘Jinx’ issued a comprehensive apology, which suggested that something happened in the interim to make her change her mind about the tone and content of her initial complaint.

“After some much-needed introspection, I would like to publicly apologise for the comments made about Usain Bolt. Not only were they unwarranted, but also highly inappropriate, and for this I am truly sorry,” she said in a letter to the editor.

 

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