Technology: Pros and Cons
Nowadays, news spreads like wildfire. This is due to the technologies that almost everybody’s having, i.e. mobile or cell phones and internet which are faster than radio, television and print in terms of delivery.
After the 6.9 magnitude earthquake that made most of the people in the Visayas region into shock; Monday noon, February 7, 2012; a lot of different stories with different angles surfaced. Most of it are funny stories in a sense that it brought nothing to readers and especially to the people who were affected with the earthquake and were supposed to receive help and to hear prayers.
A certain Ahcee Flores currently trending at the number one position while this blog is written, this is after she made a balderdash comment from an article on Yahoo! Philippines.
Let us all pray……. Na matuloy ang tsunami para maraming bisaya ang mamatay, para mabawasan ang mga baduy sa pilipinas [I hope the tsunami pushes through so people from Visayas will die..so the outdated will cease].
All of my Facebook friends then posted it to their walls and shared by many, to show their anger to such non-sense statement.
That happened a few hours only and went viral after the quake, because of the technology [the internet] which is accessible to anybody who wants it; mindful and mindless people alike.
Just this afternoon, while driving, I heard from a local radio station discussing about a text message being spread from another unknown useless people that another quake will happen again at exactly 7 pm. Some people were again panicked and radio stations were overwhelmed with phone calls from worried community about the wrong info disseminated thru SMS which is another technology, [mobile or cell phones].
Good thing, radio broadcasters were able to correct that info basing a statement of an authority saying that, nobody can predict and nothing have invented yet to predict forthcoming earthquakes. This is an “act of nature and an act of nature is un-predictable”.
On the other hand, if only all the people are educated enough or have that common sense to make use of these technologies rightfully, then everything will be okay and no non-sense stories will appear everywhere.
I have seen a lot of great posts on Facebook though, like those pictures/videos taken by different FB users on a road that was badly damaged somewhere in Guihulngan City and other establishments anywhere in Negros Oriental. Friends and relatives abroad were updated because of these responsible posts from responsible people.
Facebook Posts from Iyan Antonio Flores: 6.9 EARTHQUAKE ROCKS DUMAGUETE & THE REST OF NEGROS ORIENTAL Album
Facebook Post from Irene Nipaya: Feb 6, 2012 12:17pm