By Alaga Seun
Rude, funny, nonsensical and at times cruel response (tweets) to comments constitute today’s twitter app, and we are loving it, or don’t you? That’s even the reason some users use the app – to read such comments and live reactions by fellow, (should I say) rather wild minded users.
The intriguing thing – all these literally promote fame, it’s one thing to be famous and another thing to be internet famous. A lot of users fall under the latter, they even become social media influencers, the likes of whom we know countless, they bring the “non-explain-ably” comical with every day (sometimes overlooked) facts. To be clear, just because you give ‘madd savage’ does not make you an influencer (so don’t fool yourself.)
Looking through time, when did all these issue with twitter in Nigeria start exactly? well if u ask me – it’s not that I can’t remember, I just don’t know? To me, twitter has definitely left its image as that app that has the cute little blue bird chirp every time a message comes in. I for one am not a user of the app, but I’ve heard a lot (enough) about what goes on in there to be regarded an active user myself.
Everybody is on twitter, everybody loves to read savage replies – aside from the whole educational and entrepreneurial advantages, casual entertainment, loads of information and awareness schemes that are also present – they are what adds spice to the whole twitter process. Note, note everyone can be funny or have that yellow bone, some brave individuals have tried to get in the groove and failed drastically with “screenshot proof” In other words, not everybody can blow (on twitter), so please lets’ be guided.
Also, did I mention all these replies and “silly sally talks” are also in form of what is called punch lines, when you want to shut people up, throw them a quick punchline (which is used more or less as a mechanism having silencing effects)– that’ll do the trick. Nigerians are famous for this.
These savage and punchline talk became an issue in 2018, when tertiary institutions were engaged in a battle of words to express dislike, whereby the federal universities countered the state, colleges of education- polytechnics and privately-owned tertiary institutions exchanged typed bullets (most of) undermining the importance of one another. It was a heaven of punchlines and war of the savage, one that got so extreme that even the President had to step in to address and try to correct the youth to undergo more productive ways to while away time (to be honest, it was fun to begin with, but then was taken a little overboard.)
This is talent at its most rare and unexplainably comical yet factual form as most perpetrators in the act deem it fit to be. It keeps one refreshed and entertained. Every now or then we the youth need to cool off steam (from overbearing situation of things and school) to just laugh and express our freedom of speech at the fullest maximum. Now to the question, are these two companions (savage and punchline) here to stay? More importantly, SHOULD IT STAY?