KAMI spotted the Facebook post of a netizen who rants about people who public shaming by posting "pasikatin natin to!"
We all know that most of posts like this are the ones who gets a trend. Sometimes, trending news in social media have a huge impact on getting attention of people and it can also be used as an evidence. But is it really something to be stopped?
Why is public shaming making a trend nowadays? Bakit nauuso yung phrase na "Pasikatin natin to!" Are we developing a new culture that is against our fundamental value system? Is it yet a product of the prevalent trend that promotes judgment outside due process? Or is it still a clear manifestation of today's 'selfie culture', which is the computer age's obstinate desire for attention?
Certain implications come to mind. First, truth is being compromised. How authentic are the captions we read? How genuine are the angles being shown by a photo or video clip? From the idea that every story has two sides, isn't it a bit unfair on the part of the accused to be publicly shamed in the internet without even having the chance to defend himself? Secondly, we are creating a people that appeals to rash judgment, one that neglects the value of reasoning, logic and evidence. We are advocating a way of thinking that undermines the value of law and due process. Thirdly, we are promoting a culture of hate. Once a photo or video clip with the so-called 'victim's account' is posted, it provokes cursing and rants from netizens. Are we really into it? Do we want to see hatred everywhere?
Now, of course, there are photos and video clips that show obvious acts of crime and violence. Well, they can be used as evidences in the court. And about the hate, yes, we have what we call just anger. Who would not be angered by crimes committed against the innocent? Let's just make it sure not to make ourselves go down to the level of those whom we are angry of. Let us manage our emotions. Words said and actions done solely because of emotions are those which we usually regret saying and doing.
When we were little pupils, we listened to our teachers about good manners and right conduct. We saw posted on the walls of our classroom the placards with words like 'politeness,' 'courtesy,' 'honesty,' 'respect,' and so on. It's about time we revisit those values. Those are treasures we can pass on to the coming generations. As the internet, especially social media, opens to us greater possibilities, it is also subject to human error and corruption. We are now called to be critical, reasonable, and loving. Whatever happens, truth and charity would always take the final say."
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