Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Ateneo publications The Guidon and Matanglawin apply selective definition of 'cyberbullying'



Related to this topic, I just provided a comment to The Guidon who just published a similar commentary regarding “irresponsible posting” of Rambo Talabong’s Facebook (FB) profile in Mocha Uson’s FB page, linking the former to Rappler. What is very revealing is the reaction from The Guidon: “. . . we find this action alarming and dangerous. Uson should have thought about the implications of her act. She has unnecessarily exposed Talabong to cyberbullying by posting his personal details, therefore opening the possibility of endangering him and his rights.”

I still cannot understand that these so called student journalists are still sensitive to cyberbullying when in fact, any form of negative reaction, whether we label it as cyberbullying or not, is expected from the social media users.

Para yatang unfair or selective yung world view nila (Matanglawin and The Guidon) when it comes to the purpose and use of social media: If they relate the word “katangahan” to Mocha Uson’s name, it is satire. But when Mocha Uson linked Mr. Talabong of Matanglawin with Rappler, The Guidon raises the issue that Mocha Uson “unnecessarily exposed Talabong to cyberbullying by posting his personal details, therefore opening the possibility of endangering him and his rights”.


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