Feb 26, 2012
my research topic is on "social media and youth interest in current events". It was a topic that i mumbled off my head after the lecturer demanded one from me. But weirdly, how much it resonated with me.
was been a subject of much contention among my friends studying overseas. siau li, in particular. she was the one who put it to light. exactly what had been bugging me every time i logged in facebook. there is something wrong with malaysian youths. the problem which became painfully clear in the eyes of friends who had been exposed to a wholly different environment and immediately noticed what was lacking here. or what was too much. the trouble, lies in the malaysian youth's amazing ability to accept wholeheartedly whatever is the topic on facebook and share it with crazed zest, without even digesting the information for themselves. Take, for example. the Bersih 2.0 movement. the movement for a corrupt-free country and transparent electoral process is all very good, but as the campaign went viral, i realized that quite a number of people started to share the any freaking yellow thing on facebook without thinking twice.
And most recently, the Lynas issue. It is a good thing that these campaigns on facebook do raise a certain degree of awareness regarding current issues, but it is yet another sad phenomena to see so many youths eagerly trying to be 'politically-conscious' without a mind to call their own. It is the very gullibility and unfiltered acceptance of messages that resulted in this today. accused of falling prey to political gimmicks of the power hungry.
"whatever statement that someone said that seems kinda right, so it must be right."
where is the ... critical thinking?
damn i used to take critical thinking as a soft skill a couple of semesters ago. thought that it was common sense and no one needed it. the way things are going, turns out that we do need it after all. dear youths of malaysia, dear youths of my generation, dear people. turn on the filter function, please? Being aware is one thing, being active is another. Do be active with a responsibility to yourself and the society. The first step being educating yourself before you do anything that might potentially show you for who you really are. Trust me, we don't want to know.
Awareness of issues facing our nation and our world is a good thing, don't get me wrong. Just digest the information and have a balanced diet of stories from both sides before spewing one-sided theories.
and don't get me started on the Black March thing. another video on facebook. with the tagline "Do not buy a single record. Do not download a single song, legally or illegally. Do not go to see a single film in cinemas, or download a copy, Do not buy a DVD in the stores. Do not buy a videogame. Do not buy a single book or magazine. #OpBlackMarch"
you can watch the video here if you want.
hahaha. what do YOU think?