Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Why you shouldn’t hit “share”: AMALAYER

Life was simpler before all this technology. We talked to people, we breathed fresh air, and we can have a bad day without fear of being prosecuted in cyber space.

We all get mad. At one point or the other, we reach our limits, then all hell breaks lose. And then, the world goes on-- at least that was the case before camera phones and the internet. Today the cyberworld paused as most activity on Facebook circled around a young lady who got mad at the train station.

The dawn of the internet has ushered in a new time wherein nothing is done in secret. A few clicks here and there, and instantly the world knows. In this new world of instant communication and rapid information sharing, it’s become so easy to judge and be judged.

Remember Christopher Lao? How about Carabuena? And now, the newest member of the group is dubbed as Ms. “AMALAYER”.

In no way am I defending their actions. I could argue that they were provoked, or that we do not know what happened entirely (which is true) but honestly, I just think that this mob mentality on Facebook has dragged on long enough, dragging down more and more, one angry outburst at a time.

We are not defined by one moment. I’m sure Atty. Lao  has proved that to us after the persecution netizens had him go through. 

If we need to react to something, there’s still that infuriating issue on plagiarism, the Cybercrime law, or the RH bill. All bigger issues compared to a girl screaming “aamalayer?” at the LRT station.

And, if you’ve already hit “share”, like I said, we are not defined by one momentary lapse in judgement.


  1. Great points, Sisa. I think the 'amalayer' situation has been blown out of proportion. I even heard she got expelled from school because of this. The cyberbullying was more disgusting IMO.

    Daphne of Metamorphosis

    1. Poor girl. I hope she recovers from this soon.

  2. great post! we all have something we regret doing but that's because we're imperfect. sometimes, we're not yet at the stage wherein we can easily control our actions. but that's part of living and growing. it's just sad that some people are placed in the spotlight for the world to see and in the end, those who may have given her a chance to start anew (who may not know of the incident) may end up not doing so because of the video. i'm not saying she was right or wrong. but i think we should also see that what we are doing is almost similar to what she had done. so thank you for a good post! if only this gets published so that the world can also see this.

    1. No, thank you! And thank you so much for visiting. :)

  3. People today have a misguided sense of justice. This "holier than thou" mentality is absolutely crazy! Who are we to judge? Yes, what she did was wrong but who could say we might not also have done the same. We might even have done something much worse.


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