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John Carlos A. Plata | Goliath is Dead

Recently, I have received information about a series of different videos of people engaging in sexual activities. Allegedly, the subjects in question were Sillimanians. I do not know who or where these files started to spread, but one thing is almost certain—the unfortunate people in these videos have been swimming in shame for the past few weeks. However, these videos deserve to be kept in the possession of that intricate network of gossipers. n, because the matter at hand is not a question of morality but of security. In the advent of the Internet, we now live in the information age. Nowadays, information is a double-edged sword—it can either be a helpful tool or a dangerous weapon. A person with access to the Internet and enough patience can know so much about you. Once personal information is out there, it is no longer your property. The scandalous videos, however, are already quite an extreme example. Such embarrassment from these issues can nevertheless be experienced by a person who recklessly makes an outrageous public statement on social media, in person, or

However, these videos deserve to be kept in the possession of that intricate network of gossipers. n, because the matter at hand is not a question of morality but of security. In the advent of the Internet, we now live in the information age. Nowadays, information is a double-edged sword—it can either be a helpful tool or a dangerous weapon. A person with access to the Internet and enough patience can know so much about you. Once personal information is out there, it is no longer your property. The scandalous videos, however, are already quite an extreme example. Such embarrassment from these issues can nevertheless be experienced by a person who recklessly makes an outrageous public statement on social media, in person, or

In the advent of the Internet, we now live in the information age. Nowadays, information is a double-edged sword—it can either be a helpful tool or a dangerous weapon. A person with access to the Internet and enough patience can know so much about you. Once personal information is out there, it is no longer your property. The scandalous videos, however, are already quite an extreme example. Such embarrassment from these issues can nevertheless be experienced by a person who recklessly makes an outrageous public statement on social media, in person, or

The scandalous videos, however, are already quite an extreme example. Such embarrassment from these issues can nevertheless be experienced by a person who recklessly makes an outrageous public statement on social media, in person, or be it any kind of medium. It is better for people in this institution to be warned, than to drown in regret when they do or say something they can’t ever take back. Remember this part of the Miranda warning which is recited by police officers in the US whenever they arrest a suspect: “Anything you say can and will be used against you.” It is not about the sincerity of your intentions, nor the purity of your thoughts. Never forget that the senses can be deceived, and facts can be twisted to suit theories. Not everyone can be pleased. Not everyone possesses critical thinking. Everywhere you go, there will always be pathetic, linear, narrow-minded people. No matter how logical and calculated your moves are, if it does not appear pleasant to the masses, public opinion will still destroy you. Worse than the naive ones are the opportunists who hang onto every single word you say and look for your loopholes for them to capitalize on. Take for example Leila De Lima’s recent issue. The investigation was about her alleged involvement in

Remember this part of the Miranda warning which is recited by police officers in the US whenever they arrest a suspect: “Anything you say can and will be used against you.” It is not about the sincerity of your intentions, nor the purity of your thoughts. Never forget that the senses can be deceived, and facts can be twisted to suit theories. Not everyone can be pleased. Not everyone possesses critical thinking. Everywhere you go, there will always be pathetic, linear, narrow-minded people. No matter how logical and calculated your moves are, if it does not appear pleasant to the masses, public opinion will still destroy you. Worse than the naive ones are the opportunists who hang onto every single word you say and look for your loopholes for them to capitalize on. Take for example Leila De Lima’s recent issue. The investigation was about her alleged involvement in

Not everyone possesses critical thinking. Everywhere you go, there will always be pathetic, linear, narrow-minded people. No matter how logical and calculated your moves are, if it does not appear pleasant to the masses, public opinion will still destroy you. Worse than the naive ones are the opportunists who hang onto every single word you say and look for your loopholes for them to capitalize on. Take for example Leila De Lima’s recent issue. The investigation was about her alleged involvement in

Take for example Leila De Lima’s recent issue. The investigation was about her alleged involvement in proliferation of illegal drugs at the National Bilibid Prison, yet the legislators, with their far-fetched line of questioning, seemed to focus on her petty affair with her bodyguard. Such is the astounding feebleness of some human minds.

Ignorance can be cured, but stupidity can’t. The solution? Think before you act. Have self-respect. Be prudent always. Don’t let emotions or pressure from others compromise your image. Scan your environment for people who might probably hear or see what you consider private. Always be careful of what you say, do, or post on the Internet, because as the saying goes: “The walls have ears, the doors have eyes.”

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