well, people in the cyberworld..
The explosive growth of the Internet makes the all the people in the whole wide world to get connected to each other. Many corporations, advertisers, government experts, and computer visionaries regard the Internet as a fundamental part of a new information superhighway to be the backbone of an emerging, global information economy. The Internet has already become a worldwide communications system that transformed society as profoundly as the telephone, radio, or television.
showing off what she got..
However, this growing power and importance has also unleashed a storm of controversy regarding the Internet. This revolutionary information network ignores geographic and governmental barriers, undermines obscenity and pornography laws and restrictions, has the potential to invade individual privacy in numerous ways, and threatens to divide society between the information haves and have-nots. As the Internet draws people in the world closer together than ever before, it is also forcing our differences out into the open.
Controversy about Internet as the means of livelihood aired almost every corner of the Philippine society. Does anybody know that the Philippines was already branded as the “Cyber Sex Capital of the World?” And why Filipinas are being discriminated outside of the country? That instead “Filipina” would mean a very conservative and preserved woman turns out to be a prostitutes or an atchay? These kinds of impressions by foreigners indeed cause offense to us Filipinos. But, who could blame those people if we in the very first place give that kind of impression to them?
Bislig City for instance, big and beautiful houses could be found at any spot of the city. Well, cars and motorcycles included, “ladies” or woman of any age wearing sexy and haughty outfit and heavy make ups any time of the day are seen like models walking along the catwalk or just sitting in their rooms (well, that’s what my cousin always did when she has not left for America yet, and now my Tita has replaced her in her seat despite the fact that she’s already married). But, could anybody guess where are they heading to? Some might be surprise with the truth but truth always prevails. Those people being mentioned headed to any Internet café available in the cities or some just stay at their respective homes with that shocking get up.
These people go to internet café not to do some research like most students did, but go there to chat with their foreign lovers and chatmates. Well, it’s not actually bad having foreign lovers because loving someone and being loved by someone indeed is never a fault as long as both parties do not have responsibilities yet to others. However, this kind of relationship making has something to do with the negative impressions and the labeling by foreign people to the Filipinos. The real situation of the country—poverty hikes—push people to do such idea as a solution to their problems. Chatting has become one of the means of livelihood in Bislig area.
What makes it detrimental to the Philippine society as a whole is that firstly, the morality of the Filipino people has declined and has been degraded because these people involved do not necessarily put real emotion to their relationship with foreigners but they are only after of the money and properties of these outlandish lovers of them. (In fact, most of these lovers were already old enough to be these Pinays’ father or even grandparent). It turns out that these Filipino chatters were only using these foreigners to hoist their economic condition using not only their sweet words but their sexy and hot bodies as well.
Secondly, many students were discouraged to continue their studies because of the reason that money can be attained in a no-sweat-way of work. I could remember my lola once dissuade me with my plan to continue for college education. According to her “why do you have to study? You can just sit in front of the computer and have a bundle of money..” But of course I wasn’t discouraged because I know my lola did not know what she’s talking about. A teacher in elementary who continued her master’s degree with her husband’s expense left her career as a teacher for chatting, and she did not only left her profession but she did left her husband too for a new lover—an outlandish. On the contrary, there are also husband who pimps their wives to such kind of doing. Husband types the message for his wife’s foreign lover and using the face and body of his wife, or, if ever the foreigner visits his Pinay lover, husband act as a driver. How the hell these people could endure such thing knowing that their wives were meeting other men? And how could these wives of them just allow it to happen?
Thirdly, as a result of the second is that, there were already many families ruined and broke, children who were left behind and unfortunately lost their paths. Families who were once hard up and then became rich because of the dollars they get from their foreigner lovers threaten the stability of our society in general.
Bislig City because of these reasons is branded as the Cyber Sex Capital of the Country. Bislaganon, definitely already lost the real values of a Filipino. Why? It is indeed prostitution in the cyberspace. Being paid in exchange of losing once dignity through chatting, and cybersex in particular affect not only one Filipino but all of the Filipino citizens. Your body to strangers just to satisfy their needs with money in return is not a good is not a good idea at all.
Well, at some point, these people who have involved themselves to this kind of undertaking could not totally be blamed why on earth they have taken part to this thing. The reasons often hear from them is that “dahil sa hirap ng buhay”. Yeah right. Because of the unstoppable crisis now a days, and not enough job opportunities (if there is any, many do not reach the qualification standard), chatting with foreigners is really hard to be resisted. Government I could say is supposed to do something not to tolerate this kind of “job” if it qualifies to be called as a job because it adds up the problems in our society.
However, I doubt government would do anything. Why? Just like OFWs, the money sent by these foreigners somehow help boost our economy. And so, government just allows it even if it means deterioration of the society when it comes to morality and stability of the Philippine as a nation. World as time goes by becomes worst despite the advancement of science and technology. In fact, this new inventions of science are the one causing the threat to the life of the people.
Note: This entry was published in PAMUKAW–a lab publication of three ComMStud major subjects.