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The incident is indeed tragic and our prayers are with the families of the victims. While hearing about the story from all around something did not felt right. As I probed into the story and tried to make sense of it, there were facts that I realized everyone is ignoring or cannot see. Guardians in their report mentioned some very solid points which directed me towards thinking from the perspective of the shooter and though the incident is unfortunate and lawfully wrong, one question that no one is asking is, why would she really do that? She was a human just like us, frustrated by the policies of big corporations fueled by anger but still why would a lady take such a step?
Hardly any of the leading news agencies, websites and other information portals and even Social Media giants is covering the background of the shooter, which is pretty amazing. That puts the motives in even more questionable circumstances. Nasim Aghdam had a big following online but in real life she cut herself from the world which she saw as unjust, diseased and deceitful.
Nasim, who is now being labeled as a shooter and frustrated and out-of-control person, was once a Vegan activist, actively protesting for animal rights and a better behavior towards them. She was a model, a beautiful poet, a fitness guru and an independent film maker. She had several channels on Youtube, where she posted self-made videos about generating awareness for compassion and kindness towards animals, she also had a channel where she showcased jewelry and where she posted workout tutorials as well. One of her ‘ab workout’ video was banned by Youtube and she said that there was nothing even sexual about it.
“I think I am doing a great job. I have never fallen in love and have never got married. I have no physical and psychological diseases. But I live on a planet that is full of injustice and diseases.” These are the lines from one of her Persian poems on Instagram (her account has been blocked now). She also actively raised her voice against corporations taking control of the masses and that freedom was really an illusion, all these forms of politics and big conglomerates are really trying to run the world in their own wicked ways. She was particularly upset with Youtube as she was making her only earnings through the website and the platform as per her was being deceitful and unjust towards her.
“There is no free speech in real world & you will be suppressed for telling the truth that is not supported by the system. Videos of targeted users are filtered & merely relegated, so that people can hardly see their videos!” She said.
As per the guardian, Brian Primack, director of the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Research on Media, Technology, and Health said, “We assume social media is a world that is social, that when you engage in this milieu you’ll feel more connected to others. But when you crunch the numbers you find the opposite.”
From a factual stand point it’s very difficult to see the point the story is trying to make by itself. No one needs to conclude the story because the life of the woman is the example in itself of what the system might be doing, in whatever degrees subjectively, to people as individuals and as a society. The rally of social media giants towards the support of the victims is great but will this ever cover up the unseen invisible hurt it might be giving to individual minds that are deeply attached to it.
There is not a shred of doubt that what the lady did was absolutely wrong and the greatest injustice done was done to herself and others by her own hands at the Youtube HQ. Still the points she made, the dark and obscure areas of this world she tried to enlighten cannot be ignored. The system does it really support free speech or it supports free speech with reasonable restrictions which are obviously in favor of the public as a whole or maybe just the bigger fishes in the pond? Is the system really just, these big social media giants are they not all about making more money? In their defense they are creating services which are technologically and creatively fantastic but do these so called social media giants have real life changing impact on people? We recently saw the outburst of people on Facebook’s data scandal. The frustration and anger Nasim was led to; were they not a part of it themselves. Are they also the accomplices in the crime, in indirect and small degree?
There is no need for a conclusion, the crime cannot be denied and the victims need our support. The crime cannot be justified on any ground but my question is, was she the only accomplice in the crime?