Cyber trash-A A +A
By Rox Peña
Thursday, January 30, 2014
I WAS in a photo studio in Angeles City last Monday to get my pictures for the renewal of my PRC license. As I was waiting for the receptionist, I overheard the conversation of a group of women who were talking about the death of a certain Bong Alvaro. Of course I was shocked because I personally know the former Councilor and City Administrator.
Later another woman in the group said the news about Bong Alvaro’s death is not true. He is still in the hospital, she said. I felt relieved. But as the conversation went on, I noticed that the details of the story are familiar. And then one of the women exclaimed: “Ay! Aliwa ya pala I Bong Alvaro, I Vhong Navarro! Kalagyu ne kasi,” and they laughed their hearts out.
Bwiset!!!!! Kaya may napapahamak dahil sa mga taong ganito!
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“May pakpak ang balita”, as the saying goes. I would say that with technology, this statement is no longer accurate. Wings can only travel so much distance in a limited time. Today, information travels faster than the wink on an eye. Disinformation travels at the same speed. Thus it is more difficult to undo what was done, or what was hastily sent in cyberspace for that matter.
Kay nga sabi ni Inday Badiday, careful…careful…
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Not only should we be careful on what we post in the internet, we should be careful too on what we re-send or share. When it comes to this, I follow some basic rules which are based on common sense. Case in point is the video on the alleged mauling of Vhong Navarro that was circulated in the internet especially on Facebook.
Out of curiosity, I clicked the link on the video. However when it prompted me to share it first before I can open it, I immediately erased it. Obviously, the intent is to spread the video. It maybe a case of phishing, downloading of a virus, a malware or other cyber trash. True enough when I made a quick search, the video is a hoax.
Another basic rule is double check the information first. Facebook have lots of posts on the death of Jackie Chan and other celebrities. Such information can be verified if true before clicking the share button. I am amazed that a lot of people fall for this obviously wrong information.
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Finally, a word of caution for those who post everything in the internet from the food they eat, the new gadgets they acquire, places they frequented or even pictures wearing skimpy clothing. This is a private matter so nobody can stop you from doing it. However, pag kayo ay ninakawan, nilooban, hinoldap o ginawan ng masama, walang dapat sisihin kung hindi kayo! Maaaring nagkaroon ng ideya ang mga masasamang loob dahil sa FB post ninyo. Kasalanan nyo!
Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on January 31, 2014.