The popular and expanding use of text messaging, Facebook and Twitter definitely have their advantages. They have become great tools in dispersing information widely and quickly. However, if you happen to be on the receiving end of bad news or the subject of unflattering information from such messages then it may not be so great for you.
A couple of days ago a Gazan mother and journalist, Laila El-Haddad, was detained at the Cairo airport with her two young children. El-Haddad was attempting to visit her family by going through the Rafah crossing. Through her Twitter and blog updates, via the free Wi-Fi at the airport, El-Haddad has been documenting about her detention and treatment. Apparently, the Egyptian authorities at the airport told her they cannot allow Palestinians into Egypt if the Rafah crossing is closed. According to her latest tweet, she’s been informed she’ll be deported back to the US via the UK. Thanks to this technology, El-Haddad’s story has been picked up by several online media outlets and the whole world knows of her ordeal and treatment in Cairo. I wonder if Egyptian authorities will decide to discontinue the Wi-Fi at the airport after this?
In another story, a Saudi man decided to divorce his wife via text message. He followed up the text with a couple of phone calls to relatives to inform them of his decision. The man wrote the text from Iraq where he was on jihad, as he describes it. If you’re wondering if divorce via text is legit, it apparently is in Saudi Arabia. A court in Jeddah finalized the whole thing. Under Sharia law, a man can divorce his wife by saying “I divorce you” three times but I always thought that one must say that in person. I don’t know. It’s probably best his wife, or ex-wife now, didn’t see him. I hope this way of getting a divorce doesn’t catch on though. It’ll be a cop out, particularly for men with no backbone.
The access to instant information is great but it can be a bitch too depending on the circumstances.