Posts Tagged ‘New media’

Modernized Crime

“There is no crime when there is law punishing it” – Criminal Law principle

Bullying and stalking friends and even strangers has been made easier through the cyber world. Is cyberbullying ethical? Should the government enable specific laws to punish perpetrators of such bullying? I believe that cyberbullying is unethical and should be given attention by Philippine law makers as soon as possible because said bullying does not only pressure, stress, and harass victims, it also causes suicide. Cyberbullying and stalking were given much attention in different states after causing a 13 year old girl in Missouri to commit suicide. Cyberbullying is known as an act of harassing, threatening, degrading, and embarrassing an individual or a group through the internet or using any of the digital technology.

It is necessary to give legal basis on cyberbullying and cyberstalking because if there are no specific laws protecting individuals from cyberbullying, the immoral act would continue to ruin anyone’s life through blackmail, and other forms of harassment. Based on researches and studies, those who have been cyber-bullied suffer from psychological disorders like anxiety and depression, lowered self-esteem, failed performaces on schools, and most of the time, isolating theirselves from the public.

It is beneficial to punish and criminalize individuals who bully and stalk in the cyberspace because the act of doing it intrudes person’s privacy and that individual’s right to maintain whatever reputation he or she upholds. There are already laws in the Philippines pertaining to new media but not any of them specifically deals with cyberbullying and cyberstalking.

It is ethical for everybody to fight against people who bully and stalk through the internet because there would be no “bully” if no one lets themselves be bullied. The greatest thing we can contribute to stop the modernized crime is to start within ourselves. Don’t bully, so you wouldn’t be bullied.

Cybercrimes are rampant in the internet. Some uses the new media for human trafficking and child pornography. Others use the internet to harass and embarrass individuals. Cyberbullying and cyberstalking should be everybody’s concern and all of us should be attentive. The state should provide specific legal grounds to penalize and criminalize people who bully and stalk in the cyberspace. Being bullied and stalked is not an easy matter. Who would know if the intention of the stalker is beyond stalking? What if someone is stalking you so he or she can gather information that he/she will use to harm you and your family? As the common saying goes, “Prevention is the greatest cure.” So let us be vigilant in using the internet and entrusting information we are giving out. And most of all, don’t add to the growing population of those people who use the new media to harass and humiliate other people. Let us not send hatred to others because we would not also want to receive blackmails and hate messages.

Media, what’s new!

Have you updated your facebook status today? Or whom did you follow on twitter the other week? Who does not know about Friendster? Facebook? Twitter? YouTube? Yahoo? Google? These social networking sites and other online news websites are so familiar, famous, and trendy nowadays. When it comes to love, they always say, “age doesn’t matter.” On the other hand, when we talk about new media, they say, “we don’t choose according to age.” With new media, we have a new generation, new culture, new habits and practices, a new world and a new us. But do we really know what this trend had made us and how this new media affects us?

As we say, the internet has brought many advantages to everybody’s lives. It is said to help make education easier for everybody. Just through typing and clicking, list appears on the monitor and you can have a bunch of knowledge about anything you wanted to research on. In communication, new media causes time and space compression, for it brings people closer to one another. These are only some of the many benefits of the internet. People enjoy the advantages of the new media but it also brings minuses.

The internet had affected cultures and practices of citizens in negative ways. It had influenced traditional routines of different units. For example, traditional media is now competing with the new media. Newspapers, television, and radio are now contending with online news. Published reports are now posted online. The Philippine Daily Inquirer, now has the inquirer.net. The Philippine Star has the philstar.com and for the Manila Bulletin, mb.com. Also, broadcasted news can now be viewed on YouTube or on broadcasting networks’ official webpages. We can now also watch news live through online streaming. Additionally, different cultures were already affected like change in attitudes and perceptions of people. And worse, new media is now controlling the minds of the people, which is supposedly, people overpowering the technology. Above all, most users are aware of the minuses of new media but people just ignore about them.

A big part of the community is captivated by the internet. Students use this to research on classroom topics. Business groups use the internet to acquire more customers and to advertise their names and products. Politicians use the internet to reach out to citizens, to campaign and ask for support. Newspaper companies, television networks, and radio stations have created online sites to deliver breaking news and other current events.

We have benefitted, are benefitting and will be benefitting from the internet, but we should also know our limitations in using it. We should learn not to be too dependent on the new media.