Mental desertification is creeping into social media sites  – Enab Baladi

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Enab Baladi- Saleh Malas
Last August, Syrian social media users circulated a video clip for the Kuwaiti writer of Iraqi origin, Najm Abdul Karim, talking about his opinion of the educated person. He said that “The educated person is the one who reduces the largest number of negatives and expands the circle of positivity. An educated person might be a carpenter, a worker…[…] etc. The educated person does not necessarily refer to a person, who speaks classical Arabic, knows Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and is familiar with Pablo Picasso’s Guernica […]. This kind of person can be described as a body of knowledge, but not an educated person. In fact, the person who does not contribute to lifting society out of backwardness, fanaticism, and sectarianism cannot be called erudite.”
In recent months Syrian people on Facebook and Arab websites have been discussing the views of some “people believed to be belonging to the intelligentsia in Syria” regarding events that have become popular in the Syrian milieu through social networking sites.

These opinions have received feedback that discussed the right of the “educated elite” to speak in the name of “The Syrian people” and its role in influencing public opinion.
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