Social Media, Humour and Public Opinion in the Age of Digital Reproduction: The COVID-19 Example
The study was carried out to examine social media, humour and public opinion in the age of digital reproduction focusing on COVID-19 pandemic. Library research method was adopted. Being a position paper, the researcher depended solely on secondary sources of data to arrive at a conclusion made in this paper. It was argued that social media are a natural part of the everyday lives of people all over the world as they are known as fantastic tools for communicating with diverse audience, thereby making the public to unite on important issue such as the COVID-19 by injecting humour into the situation despite the anxiety in the country. It was concluded that the media have expanded the usage of internet that gave birth to social media which in turn, led to public opinion. Thus, it was recommended that government should make use of social media platforms more to pass meaningful information and also to reduce anxieties in the society.