The Plague of Post-Truths and Fanaticism

“Falsehood will fly, as it were, on the wings of the wind, and carry its tales to every corner of the earth; whilst truth lags behind; her steps, though sure, are slow and solemn, and she has neither vigour nor activity enough to pursue and overtake her enemy,” Thomas Francklin said in 1787.

Yeah, as early as 1787, the culture of post-truths and fanaticism had been widespread. But in the age of internet and social networking, it went just viral and contagious.

Toxic as it is, that is how social media sites like Facebook and Twitter are getting nowadays. It is sick to see cases of hate comments, cyber-bullying, people who are actually believing fake news, and some modern-day idolatry that has already went too far.

One of the most evident fanaticism that were making rounds online in the country today is this political idolatry of the many supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte.

It is not a secret how vast offensive attacks done by ‘ka-DDS’ whenever critics throw sticks and stones to their social media figure assailed.

Agot Isidro lately caught the public eye when she spelled tirades and even called the President a ‘psychopath’. The popularity of the post came negatively as it was used against her by solid supporters of the Philippine leader.

Many threw vile comments and even made a fake page named after her that mainly focused for the actress’ character assassination.

Next is the case of Miss Earth- Philippines 2016 Imelda Sweighart when she just compared President Duterte with Hitler in a conversation with Miss Austria. She remarked: “Our president is doing Hitler stuff in the Philippines.” This just pulled her career down as a beauty queen aside from her personal mishap.

Last case concerns the hard-hitting journalist, Teddy Boy Locsin. We all know how he manage producing controversial and instigative tweets. His attacks on the President’s war on drugs were also victims of the strong fanaticism.

They are just only few of the many social media users that were silenced by the massive squad of fanatics.

If anti-Duterte were thrown with hate comments from supporters out of fanaticism, ka-DDS, on the other side, impose ‘post truths’ to justify their idol whenever criticisms against him arises.

They were all out in producing reasons to keep their lord’s image good and sound, as if the President couldn’t explain his own words and actions.

They impose theories to correct the wrong and to accept the unacceptable just to keep the glory of their idol.

Mocha Uson, an entertainer and newbie blogger, could have been the queen of post truths and fanaticism in social media today. It is on her facebook page, Mocha Uson Blog, where we could find all manifestations of the disease.

We are all witness how her biased reporting employs mind-bending tactics that were actually patronized by many ka-DDS.

These are existing like a modern-day cancer that spreads toxicity to everyone’s social media experience. It is a plague that is killing our solidarity as a nation.



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