Friday, November 15, 2013

Hey! FIlipino dude, which type are you?

The past week has been a disheartening one. News of the effects of Typhoon Yolanda (international code name: Haiyan) has swept all over the world. Different nations have pledged aide in different forms in order to help alleviate the life-threatening effects of the recent disaster.

My school has organized a community-wide effort to help victims. Churches, businesses and individuals have also made different efforts in order to help. Everyone's efforts, regardless of how big or small is never insignificant. 

I wish to focus my attention now in the realm of social media. I realized that there are three types of people that emerged in the cyber world through social media: (1) the "passive optimist"; (2) the "ranting idealist"; and, (3) the "propagandist." Let us all assume that all thee types of people have done their part to help our "kababayans" (countrymen) back home. 

(1) these are the people who would say "stop blaming and talking. if you want to help just help." they have a point. and i think that is self-explanatory.

(2) these are the people who have used social media to blame how slow the government is working to respond to the affected families. they air their sentiments on how they dis trust the government with the financial aid coming in from other countries. can't blame them. social media has become their avenue to air their sentiments since they believe that the government no longer listens.

(3) these are the people who would fabricate stories just to be noticed, to make people feel worse about the situations back home instead of raising awareness and giving people hope. this group of people might have re-tweeted or shared posts which they felt was cool and others might want to see it too without asking the question, "is my source reliable and true?"

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