Making a Difference | Social Media Battle: Blogging for Truth, Justice and Everything We Hold Dear
The battle for Philippine supremacy is no longer waged in the battlefields where bullets whizz right by your ears and the sounds of skirmishes dominate the field of combat. Nowadays, the battle has shifted to the digital world, where there are thousands upon thousands of keyboard warriors actively engaged in a warfare no less intense, a warfare no less bloody and a warfare that has the same rewards as those in the physical world. Yes, dears, we are engaged, we are currently locking horns, we are at war in social media and it has huge implications on how the country will be run, on how the country will turn out to be. As we have said, the implications are huge.
The reality is that more and more Filipinos are now relying on social media as their primary source of information, as their primary source of the news. Objective news reports, such as those shown over television and the radio, are now being cast aside for inflammatory news articles that gather steam and seemingly have a life of their own. It seems people are no longer interested in being unbiased, on hearing the unvarnished truth. Nowadays, it seems, people would believe whatever is being spewed forth by social media influencers – those who have no background in journalism are now being heralded as the sources of credible and believable news articles.
And here lies the dilemma that could probably shatter the very thin veil that seems to be keeping us together as a people.
With the unfavorable reviews being received by the present administration, with the way the President is acting, with the way he speaks with unparalleled vulgarity and unbridled machismo, some sectors of Filipino society are lapping up every word that comes from him. Millions of people seem to idolize him and look up to him as a role model. While he does have some good points (and great programs), there are several actuations that make a lot of people cringe because it reeks of impulsiveness and a daredevil, nonchalantly devil-may-care attitude that does not bespeak well of a leader.
He has legions of keyboard warriors that back him up. He has a veritable army of defenders who vehemently attack any individual who dares to speak against him and his cohorts. Frankly speaking, it is dividing the country into factions that would cast the country into chaos.
On one side of the arena are those who have been busily purveying fake news – news that appeal to those who react instinctively. Fake news reports are a dime a dozen and are published on a daily basis. The more dirt it has on a particular person, the better received it seems to be. The more damaging, the more mud-slinging, shamefully embarrassing tidbits are evident in the article, the better.
Objectivity has been lost and is being replaced by such venom that it seemingly affects the critical thinking capability of the masses. They no longer want to think beyond the literal level – they just accept, accept and accept whatever comes out of their idols. They are being led by people who have been using their status as celebrities to influence their thinking – thinking that they are being represented by these influencers in the bigger world.
In the opposite corner of the spectrum, are those who strive to be purveyors of great, balanced articles that show both sides of the coin, that show both sides of the argument. While there are a few who stand up bravely to the seemingly monstrous army of keyboard warriors from the opposite side, they are being harassed, it seems so that they would join the other side. While so far, they have resisted the advances, they are now being attacked vehemently over social media and being touted as mindless, color-driven propagandists who serve the opposition and are being paid to attack the top dog in the country.
And here you see is the dilemma that we are now facing. There is an imbalance in the battlefield and there are still spectators to the battle who seem to be uncommitted and those who do not seem to be interested to fight for what is right. These are the people who need to be convinced to throw their hats in the arena and join the fight – because as long as they are apathetic, they would not be effective warriors. As long as they do not seem to give a damn about the state of the country, then the specter of societal chaos would be a veritable Damocles Sword hanging over our heads.
Yes – you can help in turning this battle to a more favorable end. YOU can turn the tide. YOU can make a difference. YOU can BE the difference. YOU can be the REAL voice of the masses. YOU can be the one who would do battle against the velvet haired enchantress who heads the army of unrelenting, unthinking bashers and die-hards who rabidly defend their great leader. YOU can be the one who would wake the collective consciousness of the masses to the truth behind all the bluster, behind all the honey-coated words.
Yes – your words, your blogs, your vlogs, your social media posts – they can all make a huge difference in turning the battle towards the truth. You may be the catalyst that the movement backed by truth has been waiting for. Your thoughts brought to the consciousness of the collective consciousness of the Filipino people may be the melody that would counteract the siren’s song that has polluted and affected the minds and hearts of so many. It may be the strength of your pen that would save the country from oblivion. Your words may be the saving grace that we need to make sure people would truly understand what is happening in our country – a country slowly being torn apart by people who have their own agenda to support – by people who have been paid to wreak havoc on the consciousness of the Filipino people.
The time to act is now. The time to wage battle has come. The time to fan the flames of civility has come up again. And YOU would be at the forefront of this movement that would sweep the nation back to the right path – the path of greatness carefully laid out by our ancestors for us. The battle will not be easy – nor will it be safe – but as long as there are people who would show that they care about the country and where it is being led, there will always be people who would yearn to make a difference.
This is a standing challenge to all – to use their critical minds, to be vigilant, to be wary of people who would seek to waylay us from the rightful path, from people who would distort words into their own advantage. This is a battle that will be joined, a battle that will be waged – not only now but in the years to come. And you and millions of Filipinos who love the very fabric of this country will be the ones who would be at the center of this maelstrom of truthful and driven change.