Disclaimer: This is my entry on Cesar Tiangco Literary Award. If you're one of the judges and you're here. Don't ever think of disqualifying me. Contact me on Facebook and I'll justify. [Facebook: MY FACEBOOK ACCOUNT.]
Enough for the usual and typical topics. Pieces tackling about social issues and those stuffs related are prolific and I don’t want to write another one.
It’s a world where selfie, annoying hashtags, irritating statuses and tweets seems to be a normal scene when you’re having an account on social networking sites and having teenage friends. A world where most individuals chooses those sites to rant on every little thing they experience. Where teenage girls’ prettiness is measured by the number of thumbs up sign on their single photo. Thus, encouraging them to post more selfies, creating photo albums which contains lot of poses in just single location. I’m not surprised when visiting profiles having those uploaded photos. Lots of crap can be found in the world wide web but let’s try to talk about them one by one.
Most individuals are guilty of selfie, and don’t count me in. I don’t have any picture uploaded on any account I own. As what Lourd de Veyra has written in his blog at Spot.ph entitled Selfie Destruction;
“Bottom line: everyone just wants to be seen. Everyone just wants to be heard. We just want to be loved.”
That may explain it all. Or maybe not.
The desire to be loved, to be heard and to be seen would be a good reason why there are some that encourage more people to follow them. For what purpose? You’re not an actor/actress. You are not showing up on national television as a commercial model. You’re not a cosplay artist (because cosplay artists are somehow acceptable to be followed.) Summing up, you’re just a famewhore. Most probably a cam-whore who wants to have a lot of people to like his/her selfies posted. Plus the fact that when you tries to add them as a friend, the Facebook engine says that you can’t send any friend requests on him/her and you’ll only be a follower. Wait, how about no?
I also have this experience having friends messaging you personally, asking you to like their statuses, photos. I thought liking something should be based solely on personal will. What’s on your post? Is there something that would change my view about how some things go on this planet? And for friendship’s sake, I’m always finding myself doing their plea. This issue might appear simple to you but actually, its not.
Facebook is a place where you can have "In a relationship with" phrase on your profile with any person you might want to, or what they call relation-trip. They would even post statuses searching for new possible relation-trips. I recall a rap song with line that goes; "Di na uso ang pag-ibig, nagseseryoso ka pa," and obviously, the single is obscene. No doubt, Filipinos, especially teenage Filipinos, are starting to adapt American setting, that usually include sexual intercourse with anyone. We adapted how wild and liberated America's sexual activities on their films but sadly, not their sense of responsibility. Want some proof? Check out the latest statistics about Filipinos having HIV. Every two hours, a new case adds up to the tally.
I can still remember what my teacher in Technology and Livelihood Education said, way back on my first year high school. Her point is that, not because there's a new trend on whatever it is, you need to follow just to be "in." What if the latest fashion statement is dressing only half part of your body vertically? Will you follow? I'm pretty sure that there's a possibility of that happening as the world becomes liberated little by little. The same logic applies on using social networking sites. Not because hashtags are used in Twitter, you will use it in Facebook (previously, Facebook doesn't acknowledge hashtags), Instagram and in texting. Do you even know what's hashtag for? I bet you'll search it in Google because majority of "hashtag-users" don't know what is it for.
Another crap that you may find in social networking sites are those people enjoying K-POP music, or those tracks that needs subtitle when listening to, but don't know what the song means and enjoys studying Korean language instead of familiarizing themselves to Filipino language. I don't care about the bass, hi-hats and electronic synth effects, etc. The essence of the song matters the most. Well atleast, Philip Almeda, the man behind Wasted Productions, makes us laugh through his works uploaded on Youtube. His videos use classic cartoon theme songs or Korean songs (i.e., Gwiyomi) translated in Tag-lish, as what they say. The basic concept is to put subtitles and funny images based on how Philip hears it. For example, the song says "ittekidemasu" (which means "I'm leaving") but the subtitle may show you "eat the kid en maso," then put the hilarious photo. Voila! Entertaining people in a way that you would not need to Google every unfamiliar foreign word. I'd prefer watching his videos than torturing myself listening to K-POP and alike music. I heard Super Junior, a Korean boy group will be having their concert here. I'd like to use the "I don't want to live on this planet anymore" meme.
Yes, this addiction on K-POP music of some had taught several teenagers that to be "in" and to gather fans, you must atleast look like them (K-POP groups) or imitate the way they dress. Am I being hard or harsh? Frankly speaking, I'm feeling sorry for them but we have different preferences. Some would enjoy "voice box breaker" tracks while I'd rather throw and destroy the whole sound system, put earphones and listen to those relaxing and calming songs. Some would be willing to buy an expensive ticket to K-POP concerts. I'd choose to buy an original CD compilation of classic love songs.
There's also this trend called YOLO or You Only Live Once. The concept is to enjoy everything. Do go to clubs, smoke and all possible crap you may think of, since you'll be living only once. I disagree. Living and existing is a different thing. Existing is just to exist. You're alive and therefore, you exist, an organism. Living is all about existing with meaning and reason, making life worthwhile. Not because you'll be living on this planet only once, you'll waste your life doing random pieces of junk. Continue YOLO-ing and don't ever change. I'm seeing your future life as a hopeless, wasted individual. As what I have discussed, not because its in trend, we should follow the latter.
Things really don't go the same way it was before. Elder generations has their "when it was our time" phrases, giving comparison to their "times" and the present generations. Their "years" looks like better in some ways than ours. Minimal thinking is used nowadays. People don't think before they click. Since it's a virtual world, individuals are too brave and war freak—its because you don't engage your personal self. It's a lot easier to type and tell it to the world than say it face to face.
Again, the problem is how we act and react on world wide web and also the way we use this tool. Also, we should also be careful on how we behave and check our attitude, self-examine. I'd guarantee you, that would help you a lot to be better. Some may tell me, "Why don't you shut up and just go with your usual routines and let us do what we want to? We have freedom to do anything! We're in a democratic country?!"
Let me quote this from Peter Kreeft's book, "Making Choices";
"Most people love freedom when it means being able to do whatever they feel like doing. But they don't love freedom when it means the responsibility of making moral choices and living with the results. Freedom is not easy. But today we want everything to be easy."
That's it for now. You may listen to me, or not. Anyways, new trends will go by and as usual, you'll be following the new ones because you likes to be "in the loop."