Zika Virus: a new threat

The World Health Organization (WHO) has already declared that the Zika virus is now an international public health emergency. This new threat in our society could cause birth defects and as many as four million could be infected by the end of the year.

Pregnant women have now been urged by the authorities of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to not to travel in about two dozen countries, mostly in Caribbean and Latin America, where the outbreak is growing.

How can Zika virus affect our culture? What could possibly happen to our society if this virus spread and threaten us even more?

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47 thoughts on “Zika Virus: a new threat

  1. The Zika virus which is the recently fast spreading disease is not something the society should take lightly. As fast as it can spread, the effect it could bring to our society could be vital in our everyday lives. As a member of society I want to take this opportunity to state what is on my mind concerning the Zika virus. The virus has the potential to be a terrifying threat to humanity, but if there’s one thing we should prioritize in this pandemic virus, it’s the need to be compassionate.

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  2. Compassion may be a funny solution but after experiencing the dangers of dengue it became clear to me that it is an important factor if not the most needed, on dealing with this. You see, it came to a point where I had given up on myself after being infected with dengue, but fortunately for me, my loved ones didn’t. After realizing this, I was determined to get better not for just my sake but for my loved one’s as well and before I knew it I was able to recover from dengue and was thankful for the compassion that was shown to me that resulted to my recovery.

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  3. Yes. I believe that if we could maximize this human trait of ours, then it will not be impossible to deal with any disease that may come and go to our society.

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  4. “An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure”
    Visiting the beautiful sceneries in our country is one of the reasons why foreigners are migrating here. But despite of the benefits it gives specially in tourism, we should be knowledgeable about what is happening outside the Philippines. Zika Virus nowadays is the most threatening disease wherein it is primarily spread by an infected Aides mosquito and starts to disperse in every nation by means of migration of an infected foreigners.

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  5. I agree. “Prevention is better than cure.”
    Isn’t it much better if we prevent the problem from happening in the future rather than a solution to a problem that has already happened? Why is it that authority will take an action when the problem starts to ‘devastate the human raise’, seriously? Aren’t they wanted to see that many people are suffering and die first before they make a move? Way back year 1947, the discovery of Zika Virus in the forest of Uganda.

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  6. It is said that 14 cases has been documented before 2007 since the outbreak of Zika spreads in different part of pacific island, tropical Africa, and southeast Asia, however due to the fact that this disease is somewhat similar to those many other diseases happening in the country many cases has been undocumented and unrecognized. But as years goes by the authorities alarmed and immediately put it on the top priority because last May 2015 in Brazil, the cases of babies who were born abnormally small-headed increased, they also found out that Zika can also cause a neurological disorder that has infectious pathogens that can result to Guillain-Barre a disorder by which your body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system.

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  7. Although Philippines is still free from Zika Virus, it is not enough that the public is aware of this virus but we should be always on guard and vigilant.

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  8. On the other hand, Department of Health (DOH) assures that they disseminate the information thoroughly and they already prepared the proper clinical guidelines in handling the future cases of the Zika Virus. However, DOH also said that the prevention still starts at our own backyard so we should maintain the cleanliness of our surroundings.

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  9. Authorities must take an early action before the virus will deliver to a serious threat, a move that can lessen the increasing number of people who suffer on the said disease. Also, we, ourselves should make a way on how we prevent this disease from spreading, the amount of preventive maintenance is chipper than the amount the damaged ones. The relevance of this disease in our culture, I must say that this will take as all the knowledge and values that we can apply when it comes to preventing some certain diseases that might be occur in the future. An awareness that let people be knowledgeable enough to stop a problem from coming to its existence.

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  10. It’s very alarming that Zika Virus or Microcephaly affects millions of people especially in the Latin America Continent. The Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador and Colombia Government have announced that pregnancy is strictly prohibited for 2years.

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  11. I mean, wow! What’s happening in the Latin America? Well, a large number of mosquitoes will surely be a danger for a large number of people not only in the said area but also to the whole world especially here in the Philippines.

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  12. The government must stop those mosquitoes for the sake of people’s lives and to the right of life of the next born babies. We must rule over this. YES! We must not react but rather we must be proactive.

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  13. I think the relevance of the issue in the Hybridization is that the passing range of this unpredictable virus. Since mosquitoes are worldwide and the most dangerous insect that can kill millions of people, the population together with its health security is something that every country’s government should focus on.

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  14. Now is not enough to vanish this kind of virus but through time, it will lessen and somehow end. There are many kinds of viruses that mosquitoes can bring and this Zika Virus is one of those. In each country like in the Philippines, Dengue is the killer disease but according to some medical doctors in DOH, we cannot be sure if these mosquitoes can bring more viruses. All we can do now is to KILL MOSQUITOES. For us to be SAFE! We must save our country from the Zika Virus before it’s too late.

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  15. When it comes to diseases, we have a very short attention span, and we tend to be reactive, rather than proactive. Instead of putting ourselves to a comprehensive plan to fight microbial threats, we scramble to respond to the latest one in the headlines. There are lessons from previous infectious disease outbreaks that could and should have left us much better prepared than we are.

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  16. We should have known that a larger number of mosquitoes would create a major health problem. After the World Health organization has declared the Zika virus a public health emergency, we must keep in mind one lesson: we can’t turn the clock back.

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  17. We should have anticipated other diseases like Ebola virus and MERS virus. In response, we clearly need to up our game with broad and integrated research that expands understanding of the complex ecosystems in which agents of future pandemics are aggressively evolving.

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  18. One reason previously stable, bacteria have been evolving, expanding into new areas, is that rapid global trade and travel has carried previously local disease around the world. Another reason is widespread deforestation and urbanization that change the old habitats where bacteria once lived in stable situations.

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  19. Now that you have mentioned ‘change’, what’s your opinion about the consistent change that’s happening to our world right now?

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  20. As we change our world, we change their world too. As we push to modernize our society, we also create larger slums of poor persons who are the perfect breeding ground for bacteria seeking new hosts.

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  21. Yes. The relevance of Zika virus to globalization is that, at one level, the virus affecting us, are the cost of doing business in a global and interconnected world. Many countries are affected not just in terms of economics but also in other different way. The world must require attention to the health of the people first.

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  22. Yes. There is. The same instance that happened to the country of Brazil. The virus has become big news around the world and is raising concerns about its impact on Brazilian tourism, which supports nearly one-tenth of Brazil’s economy.

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  23. Well, international airlines have already started allowing pregnant women to reschedule their flights to the region. Over the long term, if the situation gets worse, another economic drift may emerge: distorted demand for baby-related products and industries.

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  24. Daniele Clarise Noga Mod • 4 days ago
    No one ever wanted to look pathetic and poor in front of others. No one ever wanted to be judged for how they look and how they dress up. But if we are to look at it, isn’t it just tiring to try and satisfy other people?

    We are always blinded by what society dictates us to wear, how we have to act, what attitudes and personalities are in, and what do we have to look like in order for them to accept us. Let’s just accept the fact that IN EVERY CORNER, THERE WILL ALWAYS BE PEOPLE WHO WILL JUDGE YOU AND WILL NEVER GET SATISFIED WITH THE WAY WE LOOK. So why bother if you can’t satisfy everyone? Shouldn’t you be more concerned with how you are satisfied with yourself?

    As one model had once said, “Even if you are in tee shirt and jeans, as long as you’re comfortable with it, you can consider it as fashion”. After all, fashion is about satisfaction and comfort. Can’t your own satisfaction be considered as fashion, too?

    Going broke while trying to act and look cool coud be the most stupid thing you can ever do in your life. Why, it doesn’t change the fact that people will still judge you. Who would want to go broke when in the end they’ll still get judged with how they look? Of course, no one. So let us just be practical.

    Thank you very much for joining in the discussion and i hope you leared some insights about the notion of trying to look cool even when you’re not so rich to sustain your wants.
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    Kristel Desacula Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    I’m thankful that you’ve opened this kind of discussion. This is a great way to make the teens realize the value of money, effort, time, and life. I hope that this thread will be an example for other students. Though, some of the comments may hurt an individual, it is just my/our opinion. I’m looking forward for more discussions concerning problems of today’s youth.
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    Daniele Clarise Noga Mod • 4 days ago
    As final question, what can you say for those teens who keep on trying to act cool to the extent of being broke just to look rich?
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    Vevir May Diaz Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    They should change for the better! Their action might have caused negative especially to the society but its not yet late to make a change. Correct the mistakes you have done particularly for wasting their parents’ fruit of hard work. I just wish they can read this thread as an eye-opener.
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    Kaeio Gloria Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    Simply miserable. You just have to be wise. Sacrificing almost everything just to gain a little acknowledgement isn’t worth it. What makes them so miserable is their lack of judgement towards making decisions. They fail to see that there are other ways to go about what they lack. If you’re poor, then work hard. If you are jealous of those people who have almost everything, then work hard. If you want to win, then work hard. When teens go broke just to look rich, they are sacrificing something that can be used for more important things. All they are acquiring is something temporary. Make use of what you have today and I assure you that your time will come.
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    Yassin ツ Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    Eh! Those teens are not pathetic!
    They are rather victims to the norms of society!
    They grew up subjected to what is accepted and not!

    I grew up watching vidoes of what is like to be cool black/African American individual , the accent, low pants, bling bling.. and more bullshit and for years I was victim to it! Seeing other being victim to this kind of shit saddens me!

    Just like the rest of majority who also have been influenced to think poorly or negatively of black people in person and yet adore their cool culture! And I hold no one responsible to it but the media who constantly displays half of the true image! And the educational system who failed to integrate conscience to their system!
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    Kristel Desacula Yassin ツ • a day ago
    Hello, my friend! That’s just my opinion. The teens before and the teens nowadays are completely different.
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    Kristel Desacula Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    Well, those teens are PATHETIC. 👎 They should not be bothered if someone’s going to bash them for they really deserve it.

    Buy those things if you already have a job that can sustain your wants. Do not conform onto something you cannot.
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    Daniele Clarise Noga Mod • 4 days ago
    Is trying always good?
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    Vevir May Diaz Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    It depends on the situation, if the result would be negative then stop trying.
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    Kaeio Gloria Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    Of course not. All positive quotes do not apply to every situation. Maybe the negative side of this statement is the fact that some people don’t know when to stop. Limitations are always important.
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    Yassin ツ Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    It depends on what you’re trying to do!
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    Kristel Desacula Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    Trying is good if it serves in a good way. But TRYING TO LOOK COOL? NO! You should pity yourself if you act like this. I hope that teens nowadays can appreciate the little things theh have.

    Hence, keep trying, pushing, and convincing yourself that you should not join the bandwagon. You’ll make a difference.
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    Daniele Clarise Noga Mod • 4 days ago
    Globalization and modernization is the advancement or the “level up” stage of the world as a whole where new technologies are introduced and innovations become common. How about the relationship of the issue to hybridization?
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    Daniele Clarise Noga Mod • 4 days ago
    Over the years, how fast has globalization boomed? Provide concrete evidences.
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    Win Bustamante Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    A 14 yr old boy (standing at the left side), climbed 7 mountains and have been into many places. The reason why he want to achieve is that, he want to be popular, he want his classmates to look at him like a superior. And I think this is a good example of how fast the globalization affects the attitude of a young kid.
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    Vevir May Diaz Win Bustamante • 3 days ago
    The bad thing about this photo is the intention of the boy, to be “superior”
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    Daniele Clarise Noga Mod Win Bustamante • 3 days ago
    Actually I was asking about how fast have globalization have accelerated and not its effects on the boy. I was referringto stats or rates over the years.
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    Kristel Desacula Win Bustamante • 3 days ago
    In what way it became a good example? I think it is not a good one. Why? His goal is to be popular, an attitude of being an attention seeker. And, wanting other people to look at him as superior is like stepping onto others because you think that they’re small.

    This is just an opinion. 😇
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    Kristel Desacula Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    This picture explains all.
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    Daniele Clarise Noga Mod • 4 days ago
    Does globalization somehow have something to do with trying to look cool even if you don’t have the means? If so, what is/are the primary influence/s of globalization with the issue?
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    Kristel Desacula Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    Yes! Why? Because it started from one entity and continued to influence others which resulted to no good.
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    Kristel Desacula Kristel Desacula • 3 days ago
    In this photo, it says that if you have these, you’re already “cool”. This is called rich kid starter pack.

    What’s funny is, teens, being bashed, that have these items and often goes to coffee shops just to kill their time tend to get angry because they can’t accept the fact that they’re just trying to look cool.

    Of course, in that scenario, rich kids are exempted.

    PS. No hate intended for those teens who are trying to look cool. 💖
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    Kristel Desacula Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    Yes, globalization may be the main reason why teens act like this. Just what like from my previous comments, they tend imitate others because it looks good. We all know that majority of the Americans are fashion-centered, it is natural to them. But what about us Filipinos? We were taught to be simple and to be contented. We don’t need to acquire those culture because it brings no good to us. We are unique in our own way. WE ARE.
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    Daniele Clarise Noga Mod • 4 days ago
    Is trying to look cool a product of globalization?
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    Vevir May Diaz Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    Absolutely, yes!
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    Kaeio Gloria Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    Yes, because the influence of this issue came from other countries. It wasn’t ours to begin with. We rode the wave and this is what happened to the youth of today.
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    Win Bustamante Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    YES. why? like what I said about the 14 yr. old boy who wants to climb mountains to look cool. because he saw the reactions of his friends when they saw a picture of a person who’s in the top of a mountain. Amazed, Shock, Impress, and etc. With that, he also want to get that kind of expression from his classmates. that’s why he put his self into the edge and impress his friends.
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    Kristel Desacula Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    101% yes. 🌐
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    Daniele Clarise Noga Mod • 4 days ago
    Moving on to the next topic, what is the relation of trying to look cool to globalization?
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    Vevir May Diaz Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    This issue relates to globalization because everyone wants to achieve coolness therefore they will strive harder.
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    Kaeio Gloria Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    Globalization is all about competition. In this matter, everyone wants to go up. Trying to look cool means that you are willing to go to such heights just to be acknowledged as an equal or probably higher than those who create an insecurity in you.
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    Win Bustamante Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    the relation of trying to look cool to globalization. I don’t know how to say the exact word but I can say that ”Trying to look cool” is a product of globalization. It is how every country, every culture, every person gets affected. It produce a good product that’s why people in different side of the world thinks that if they will try to adopt it they will also get the same impression, like on how people reacted on the other side.
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    Kristel Desacula Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    Its relation is that teens wanted to imitate others and, it is because of envy. They commonly see other teens on social media sites that has material things. Widespread of photos of foreigners has circulated the internet. Honestly, it does look good. But what they do not know is that particular item has no importance.
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    Daniele Clarise Noga Mod • 4 days ago
    What can you say about the picture and how can you relate this to the issue at hand?
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    Vevir May Diaz Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    Yes, indeed! Happiness comes within being contended with what we have. And what we have does not mean to be material things.
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    Kaeio Gloria Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    True. People take things for granted. When you acquire something, that something depreciates in value. We tend to look at the thing we don’t have. Trying to look cool is a result of greed and insecurity. Everyone should be reminded of this so that they can limit the growth of this issue.
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    Yassin ツ Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    I agree. Being content brings peace to ones own mind.

    But being content doesn’t mean we dont have to develop ourselves!
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    Kristel Desacula Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    Teens nowadays doesn’t know how to appreciate simple things in life. They think that the more material things you have, the better you are.
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    Daniele Clarise Noga Mod • 4 days ago
    Are there any advantages of being cool to our culture? If so, in what ways is being cool beneficial to Filipino culture?
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    Vevir May Diaz Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    In some way, it is beneficial. Teens will know how to present themselves formally in certain occasion.
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    Kaeio Gloria Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    It’s probably the attitude of going through such lengths just to get it. When people try to look cool, some of them try to become wise in order to compensate for what the don’t have. It’s only natural for people to give priority to their appearance, the problem is that they go overboard just to keep up.
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    Yassin ツ Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    If ever comes a time where being intellectual active or smart is the new cool.. then there will be an advantage!

    If Einstein didn’t questions his history teacher on the importance of memorizing dates and facts! If Einstein didn’t develop a sense of independent thinking! What would the world be like today without his contributions to physics?!
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    Kristel Desacula Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    If it is in Filipino context, I think there isn’t. Because teens nowadays doesn’t know how to be cool in a good way. They only knows that if you have this certain branded ones, you’re already cool.
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    Daniele Clarise Noga Mod • 4 days ago
    what are the major disadvantages of this issue to Filipino culture?
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    Vevir May Diaz Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    They will affect the Filipino trait like being “mapagkumbaba” because obviously, these kids are being cocky with the things they own and how cool they are.
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    Win Bustamante Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    the major disadvantages of this issue to Filipino culture are, First the loss of our own culture. second is how Pinoys show how they are really supported in the people and culture of the other country. and last is how people forgets the history, on how our heroes put themselves in the edge and give their own lives wholeheartedly just to defend our country from the colonizers.
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    Kaeio Gloria Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    As I said in my previous statement, it will only breed more negative values. The influence of kids clinging on to materials which give more shine to their appearance will create a standard that the majority will follow.
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    Yassin ツ Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    I’m not a filipino but thanks for asking xD
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    Kristel Desacula Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    One of the disadvantages is, teens will join the bandwagon. Meaning, they will follow the trends because they think that if so, they are “in”.
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    Vevir May Diaz • 4 days ago
    Do you agree with me?
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    Kaeio Gloria Vevir May Diaz • 3 days ago
    Yessssssssss!
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    Daniele Clarise Noga Mod Vevir May Diaz • 4 days ago
    Of course. You have to be contented with what you have. Everyone accepts you for who you are. You don’t need those who judge and wants you to change in order to conform to their standards.
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    Kristel Desacula Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    Yes, that’s right. And you do not have to force yourself in order to have what others have. 👍
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    Daniele Clarise Noga Mod • 6 days ago
    Now that we’re done with the issue’s relevance to society, how about its relation to culture? How does trying to look cool affect our culture?
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    Yassin ツ Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    I don’t think it does anymore for the majority…
    Culture has long been forgotten and societies nowadays rather follow the norms of modern societies!

    Culture is still alive though in third world countries or even much poorer countries such as those in Africa, and that’s due to the fact that they don’t have much access to modern world! Their priorities are more on ” how can we survive! ” …
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    Kristel Desacula Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    Well, Filipinos do save money for future needs which is a good thing but, in today’s context, saving money is for expensive kicks, latest gadgets, and branded clothes. Honestly, I don’t get the point why teens always post on social media sites when they visit diners, or when they bought branded ones. Of course, entities who saw it will give a positive feedback about it, “Nice naman. Ang rich kid.” “Ang ganda. Saan mo nabili ‘yan?” Definitely, others will join the bandwagon. Other teens will try their best just to get what other teens get. This is the negative effect of this kind of act in our culture. Frankly, it will never do good.
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    Vevir May Diaz Daniele Clarise Noga • 5 days ago
    http://www2.le.ac.uk/research/

    This attachment somehow relates what is going on to our teens today and how it affects the culture of a nation. Take time to read! 🙂
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    Kaeio Gloria Daniele Clarise Noga • 5 days ago
    Trying to look cool will only strengthen the negative values in this country. When you somehow give thought to it, you can see the connections of our negative values to the current issue. When people sacrifice their money in order to look good, they don’t think ahead of what will happen knowing that they don’t have much to spend and still push through this practice. We can already consider that a “bahala na” kind of attitude, right? Crab mentality can somehow be related to the current issue, why? Because both of them are offspring of the same author which is jealousy and insecurity. Colonial mentality can also be considered as a cause to why we love expensive things which may lead us to become more materialistic. If we don’t stop the exponential growth of the teenagers of today who uphold this current issue, we will someday find ourselves a country which upholds values focused on wealth, possessions, image, and status.
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    Daniele Clarise Noga Mod Daniele Clarise Noga • 6 days ago
    Values are part of a culture of group of people. Thriftiness is part of the traditional Filipino values. But other Filipino teenagers use this thriftiness in a different way. Because of these social trends and the mode of preference of teenagers regarding the “in” clothes, accessories, and gadgets, they save up their allowance for these wants, often sacrificing their lunch and other important things just to buy irrelevant stuffs.

    How it affects our culture is that, Filipinos are known to be simple and thrifty, but with this issue, today’s Filipino youths are now too demanding and they sepnd too much resulting to being broke which affects their parents most of all.
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    Daniele Clarise Noga Mod Daniele Clarise Noga • 6 days ago
    It is because the parents are the one who supply their allowances and other financial needs and even their wants.
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    Kristel Desacula Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    That’s why parents should know where their kids spend the money.
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    Daniele Clarise Noga Mod • 6 days ago
    Are there any statistics representing the rate of teenagers going broke just to try and look cool?
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    Vevir May Diaz Daniele Clarise Noga • 5 days ago
    There is no study conducted yet regarding this issue. Therefore, no statistics found. But upon browsing to aged 13-17 typical students’ facebook/instagram/twitter account, who spend most of their time in the said social media sites, you will see it yourself how teenagers spend most of their time impressing their social media friends!
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    Kristel Desacula Daniele Clarise Noga • 6 days ago
    I can’t find any statistics representing the rate of broke teenagers trying to look cool but, there is a study conducted by Piper Jaffray showing where do teens spend money.

    What’s surprising from the teens that were used as respondents is, they’re not spending their own cash; they spend money coming from their parents! (Isn’t it surprising?)

    So, here are the seven biggest spending categories for the modern teen.

    7. Video Games/Systems – 7%

    There’s a reason why video game franchises are consistently setting profit and sales records. An exciting, big-budget game can sell millions of copies apiece, and at a minimum of $60 a pop, that translates to a huge payday for the companies behind the games. Teens are a huge market for video games, their love of both traditional gaming systems and cheap mobile entertainment making them the primary target of gaming companies.

    According to the study, 65 percent of teens either have, or are interested in purchasing, a gaming console, and more than 85 percent of teens play mobile games on their smartphones or tablets. Still, given the cost of most games, it’s a bit surprising that this number isn’t higher.

    6. Electronics/Gadgets – 8%

    With all the teens toting their Macbooks and smartphones around it comes as no surprise that electronic devices account for a big part of their spending. Electronics, though, are also taking over as the method by which teens acquire the other stuff in their lives. Amazon, Nike, and eBay are among the top online stores visited by teens, suggesting there’s a wide spectrum of things that teens want to purchase from the comfort of their own home.

    There’s also a huge level of cohesion among teens in terms of which brands of technology they’re after, indicating that advertising and trends heavily influence the demographic as a whole. With headphones, for example, a full 46 percent of teens surveyed responded that they would next want to purchase a product from Beats by Dr. Dre, with Apple coming in at second place with 25 percent of the teen vote.

    5. (Tie) Car – 8%

    In all likelihood, teens with wheels of their own got their car from their parents, but even new cars require maintenance, gas, and new tires. Still, despite the hefty price tags associated with those costs, cars are pretty low down the list of things teens spend money on, suggesting that most are still catching rides with their parents while they can, or else relying on public transportation or alternate modes of transport to get from A to B.

    In fact, there’s been a marked decrease in the number of cars purchased by millennials, suggesting that an ongoing cultural shift away from car culture is underway. An article on factcoexist.com goes into some of the numbers, pointing to a study by the AAA Foundation for traffic safety that shows car purchases by 18-30 year olds fell by about 30% from 2007-2011, and only 54% of people had a driver’s license by age 18.

    4. Shoes – 8%

    Shoes are something of a ridiculous expense, if only because they’re so ridiculously expensive. Alone, shoes account for between 25 and 30 percent of a teen’s wardrobe spending. The companies that are cleaning up, far and away, are Nike and Vans, with Vans being the number two choice of footwear brand for the vast majority of time between 2008 and 2014. Nike has been number one at least as far back as 2007.

    Though the brands of shoes purchased most by teens tend not to be exorbitantly priced, the fact that most teens will go through several sizes of shoe within just a couple of years, combined with exclusive models and partnerships with popular entertainment properties, explain why shoes take up so much of a teen’s budget.

    3. Accessories / Personal Care – 10%

    Ah, overpriced body spray and ineffective acne treatments. It’s little wonder that personal care makes up so much of teen expense when virtually every ad for this category of product is advertised with a hyper-sexualized or self-esteem-lowering (or both!) campaign designed to shame or enthrall teens into picking up the product on offer.

    This category also includes accessories, with handbags getting special mention in the study’s results. Expect to see a bunch of Michael Kors and Coach bags in the average high school, with those two brands taking the top spots for both average and affluent teens.

    2. Clothing – 21%

    Far outstripping everything below is clothing, with teens devoting more than a fifth of their leisure spending to peacocking it up with whatever the latest trend is for the 18 and under crowd. Nike, Forever 21, and brands associated with action sports – think Volcom, Hurley, O’Neill, etc – are the three top buys for teens, suggesting teens are interested in sportswear and lifestyle clothing that is fairly affordable, as well as clothing that helps suggest or establish some sort of identity.

    “Athleisure” brands, as the study calls them, have this year overtaken traditional clothing styles for the first time ever. Clothing lines like Lululemon, Under Armour, and Nike are included in this category, while traditional or “Denim” brands include Levi’s, American Eagle, and True Religion.

    1. Food – 21%

    The most interesting finding of this survey, by far, is that teens are for the first time ever devoting enough money to food to make it one of their top expenses. It’s not just that kids today are much fatter than they used to be. Along with the obvious Starbucks expense are extra funds allocated to organic food and restaurants, suggesting teens are getting more choosy with how they spend on food.

    Along those lines, the study reveals another first. Chipotle has passed Taco Bell as the Hispanic restaurant chain of choice. The company has received enormous amounts of publicity for its open concept kitchens and the presence of some relatively healthy options on its menu, while Taco Bell has become associated with unfortunate bouts of gastrointestinal unpleasantness.

    Overall, the study has also found there is a greater culture of dining out than in previous years. Food spending jumped to 21 percent of teens’ budgets from 15-16 percent in 2012.

    *Statistics courtesy of piperjaffray.com
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    Kristel Desacula • 6 days ago
    Is there any possibility for teens to change this kind of mentality?
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    Win Bustamante Kristel Desacula • 3 days ago
    Yes. how? by lessening our time that we are giving in social medias. by engaging ourselves in other activities that may show our real purpose and found it through that. by giving ourselves a chance to give our own opinion. by giving ourselves ”interaction” with the others. with this way we may share ideas, so that in the end of the day we can say that ”This is life :)” with a smile, because you know that your day become productive and you’ve learned a lot of things. this is a process of Giving and taking which has been a good practice of the Filipinos.
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    Yassin ツ Kristel Desacula • 3 days ago
    Absolutely!
    With proper education that not only focus on feeding the brains but also the human conscience. An education that greatly focuses on developing independent minds!
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    Kaeio Gloria Kristel Desacula • 6 days ago
    Yes, it is possible. There can always be room for changes. One of the most effective places to start is at home. It is up to the parents to make sure that their children do not go down the path wherein they’ll choose to sacrifice what they have in order to get something which is temporary. Of course parents already have an idea regarding their status. They should be able to assess the situation on what will become of their children because of what they are lacking. There is a big hope if the teens of today learn an important lesson regarding this issue and later on when they have kids of their own, they will find a way to make sure that their children don’t do the same thing.
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    Daniele Clarise Noga Mod Kristel Desacula • 6 days ago
    There are always endless possibilities for things. THe only problem is the chances of making these possibilities happen. And as I see it, today’s societal trends is subject to go higher than before because of the endless innovations coming our way.

    The change is possible, only that it is less likely to change.
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    Vevir May Diaz Kristel Desacula • 6 days ago
    There is a possibility but given the situation right now, the rate of change is minimal. Societal norms are going higher as time changes so the possibility also goes lower in relation to the societal changes.
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    Daniele Clarise Noga Mod • 6 days ago
    Are we a part of those kids who sacrifice things just to try and look cool? Are you one of those teens who are slaves to society’s demands?
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    Yassin ツ Daniele Clarise Noga • 3 days ago
    I’m one of those who sacrifice things just to satisfy their appetite… for food, proper sleep, & curiosity 😀

    And as long as one can think independently, one is not a slave!

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    Win Bustamante Daniele Clarise Noga • 5 days ago
    Upon reading the comments, I must assume that it was a particularly bad day when it was written. The kind of day which I cannot deny that anyone living in Philippine society will have from time to time.

    Okay, first of all, I want to briefly make a distinction before commenting further. A distinction that I have made in other comments with more references, but for the sake of space on this page and the time it would take me to type it all out again, I will leave the references out this time. If you are interested in my references, you can just reply to my comment in regard to such.

    Social breakdown can only lead to more control over your life by those whose shackles you seek to throw off. Anarchy will only give those in power more pretext to take your freedom from you. You will not gain power or self-determination, but instead your freedom will either be limited by the rule of the mob or the police who are fighting to gain control of the mob.
    For example; perhaps showing respect for elders in not bad in and of itself (especially when done out of true love and respect and not forced), but the blind conformity to a social mechanism could be bad.

    I only want to urge you to keep your balance. So often, when society has been repressed with unfair and unbalanced norms, it shoots in the opposite extreme when finally freed from its bondage. You should resist this tendency as it could end up being equally or more destructive than the force you were freed from.
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    Kaeio Gloria Daniele Clarise Noga • 6 days ago
    Of course not. As I said in my first comment, it is all about priorities. It simply depends on whether you prioritize your image or you prioritize things which are more practical, things that are more important which may lead to something productive in your life. In my case, I’m already contented with the things that I have specifically my clothes as long as they fit me and look fine, shoes which don’t hurt my feet even though some of them are not my size, a phone which is my alternative to those expensive wrist watches people go crazy about. I usually spend my money on food or probably something related to my long time hobbies. There are also times wherein I spend it with my friends even though it costs me much more than the usual because it really is a lot more fun than spending it by yourself. I guess this is enough to say that I am not a slave to society’s demands, right?
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    Vevir May Diaz Daniele Clarise Noga • 6 days ago
    I am 99% sure of myself that i have never tried to look cool. And if I am cool, I’m sure that it’s on my own way and not following anyone’s standard.
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    Daniele Clarise Noga Mod Daniele Clarise Noga • 6 days ago
    Frankly speaking, I want to spend money on beauty products and “in” clothes to follow the trends of the society, but if I know I don’t have the means, I don’t push for it anymore.

    It is true, I am also afraid to be judged by others of being “jologs” or “dressing like an old lady” or “being sooo outdated”, that is why I try to look my best. But even so, I know that I should not push for my financial limit as what my mother had taught me and my siblings. I admit I also become a slave to society’s demand because I am part of a society. i am a part of a larger group who compete for survival. But if I know that I’m exceeding my limits, I know when to stop. Well it’s always better to be simple but debt-free than being a “cool kid” but so indebted because of my caprices and wants.
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    Kristel Desacula Daniele Clarise Noga • 6 days ago
    There is something different in every human entity. Are we a part part of those teens who sacrifices things just to look cool? Some may say “yes”, and some may say ” no”. As part of the Filipino youth today, I can proudly say that I AM NOT A PART OF THOSE TEENS WHO PREFERS TO BE BROKE JUST TO LOOK COOL. I am what I am. I prefer a simple life, I enjoy what life offers, and I am contented on what I have.

    I don’t need those expensive shoes, latest gadgets, and branded clothes because it is not the medium for my betterment; I believe that I AM COOL IN MY OWN WAY.

    For the teens who are slaves of society’s demands, you don’t have to go broke just to act/look cool. You can be cool by contributing to the uplift of the society. In that way, you can help the people and influence the Filipino youth.
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    Kristel Desacula • 6 days ago
    As Filipino youth already sees the “wants” as the “needs”, they think that if they do not have what others have, they are such outcasts. Filipinos are known to be simple. But, as the time became modernized than ever, they tend to put themselves as a big part of the change. In a way that they became uncontented. Maybe because they’re envy and wants to brag what they got; from the way of living, gadgets and technologies, food, and clothing.

    Before, the youth spends their time by playing outside, doing household chores, as if it is a way of appreciating the beauty of life. Compared to the MAJORITY of the youth of today, they usually spend their time by playing online games, posting on social media sites, capturing unimportant matters and posting it on Instagram. For them, being cool means having expensive kicks, latest gadgets, high-end restaurants, and branded clothes; THEY DON’T MIND GOING BROKE JUST TO LOOK COOL.

    Being cool is not, and definitely will not be, trying to look cool. I can’t think of any possibilities for a shift of change that will happen for the next years if teens will continue to act like this.

    Well, reality hurts.
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    Kaeio Gloria • 6 days ago
    LET’S FACE IT. Majority of the Filipino people are materialistic. One of the weaknesses of the Filipino character, which is colonial mentality, proves our preference for foreign things. We believe that almost all foreign products are high quality products and it can also be said that “what is foreign, is top notch.” This is one of the main reasons why teenagers in the Philippines go broke trying to look cool. We think so highly of these materials that we know if we were able to acquire them, the people around us would be in awe and that would serve as a boost in our self esteem. Remember that appearance affects power. Filipinos tend to compensate this with their insecurities. Well, the problem is that these “top notch” materials usually costs us everything with what is left in our pockets. This issue usually wouldn’t apply to you if you had the resources to be extravagant. It is a matter of status which creates the divide between those who go broke and those who can afford.
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    Vevir May Diaz • 6 days ago
    In the Philippines, we have nothing but the poverty which is being contagious as the year passes. As to relate this in the issue of teenagers going broke trying to look cool, I can see the Filipino teenagers of today define the word ‘cool’ differently.

    They define it as a matter of how rich you are to buy branded clothing and kicks, to have the latest mobile phones and to hang out at Starbucks and other famous diner. Without considering their parents’ inability to provide those things instead these teenagers desire more than what their parents can afford.

    That is the developing problem in this issue, teens go broke themselves and their parents’ pocket just to look cool. It is normal to patronize better things, it is unavoidable but you can always be fashionably attractive and impressive even if you don’t spend too much. We cannot solve the poverty in the Philippines if this kind of action will keep going.
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    Win Bustamante • 6 days ago
    Nowadays, our society became more attractive with the physical appearance. And right now, this is one of the issues here in our generation. Philippines is known for their hospitality but as this culture deepen by the others they misunderstood the meaning of hospitality. Example when a foreigner tourists came, our way of speaking and acting became different. We merely say that we don’t actually put an effort in changing our way when we encounter new people but no, we do put a lot of effort just to impress them. Many of us have this kind of attitude because people wants to get attention, attention that might make them an eye catcher.

    The significance of this ‘’__________’’ with the Philippines is that we need someone to be able to develop, we need and inspiration, we need people who has a capacity to fill up our needs so that in the end we will be successful. And that is how teenagers work with their physical appearance.
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    Yassin ツ • 6 days ago
    Because being cool is the new COOL. The new Awesome. The new shining starrrr!
    Or maybe because we grew up subjected to ideas… of what is it like to be the center of attention, be admired, cheered, free , have the power to influence…etc
    Those ideas grew somehow within us, without our awareness! We daydreamed .. stood up infront of mirrors and emulated what we envisioned of ourselves. We started to walk the talk by following the trends that match our interest “within ourselves”… we then, followed that with the way we act and at times or most of the times, we changed our appearance to actually fit what we have envisioned… so everynow and then we go broke, trying to achieve our dreams!
    Maybe that’s why! Maybe!
    After all, we are what we eat! Yummy!

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    Daniele Clarise Noga Mod • 7 days ago
    Teens go broke because they want to conform to society’s standards of being cool as being slim and thin, and also as white as porcelain dolls. In the Philippines and other Asian countries, the slimmer your body is and whiter your skin is, you’re more beautiful and you’re superior than others. That makes teens especially girls buy whitening and slimming products. And being the body conscious individuals that they are, they tend to not be contented on the way they look, and how their attire looks. That is why they buy clothes which are “in” and make them look “cool’, when in fact, sometimes they look too overdressed.
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    Daniele Clarise Noga Mod • 7 days ago
    How about we relate this topic to the Philippine context? How is the topic applicable in Philippines’ society? What is the significance of this topic in the Philippines?
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    Kristel Desacula • 7 days ago
    The teens nowadays usually spend hundreds or even thousands of peso just to buy trendy things that catch their attention. Although it will make them broke, they will still purchase an item just to say that they “fit” in the society they belong. This become a major problem for teens already see the “wants” as the “needs”.
    Social media may be one of the causes why teens go broke just to look cool. However, they are not the only ones who are affected but, also their parents and other people around them.
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    Vevir May Diaz • 7 days ago
    Today’s teenagers have focused themselves caring of what others think about them, that’s why they tend to keep reputations. That’s how the society impacts them, they care too much what others would say the way they express themselves. And it also has effects on the society in a way that everyone’s been trying to be cooler than anyone else. This may lead to chaos and of course, to being broke.
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    Daniele Clarise Noga Mod • 7 days ago
    Trends nowadays are already stepping up to a higher level. As time goes by, technology advances and also the standard of living becomes higher. In light with modernization, society is conforming to these advances to the extent that most teenagers tend to live too idealistically, wherein they demand for more even when they have enough. As a result, they go broke while trying to look cool.
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    Kaeio Gloria Daniele Clarise Noga • 7 days ago
    It is true that people maintain a certain standard which pushes them to compensate for what they are lacking. The cause of this is mostly relies on the status of many teenagers and their peers. The effect on this is either that certain person is trying to bridge the gap between him and his fellow peers or him simply having the intent to outshine others regardless of the difference in status. When the priority of bridging the gap between you and others outweighs your priority of having the practical/basic needs, then surely you will go broke trying to look cool.
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    What is its relation to society and how does it affect the society?

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  25. Racism:

    Color binary became an issue during 1919-1960′s, particularly in the United States. Black people were treated as inferiors and became helpers of the White People. Gardener, house maids and baby-sitting are their primary source of living, even teenagers who were just 16-17 years old experienced being a helper at a very young age. Binary was a manifesto. Their church, schools, public bathroom, and houses were separated from the white families. But as time goes by, these issues of racism subtlety decreases, black people generated a movement against the slavery and fought for their rights and soon freed themselves from inhumanity.

    Redefining racism in the 21st century.

    Many years have passed since the civil rights movement, but are we all sure that explicit discrimination has already enclosed among all of the countries? I think not, because even we already live in the generation of modernity where everything can be easily done and understood, there are still some circumstances that pull us back sixty years ago. In today’s world, racism is not just about color but ethnicity, social status, country that you live in, culture and belief system, religion and the #AccentMatters in some countries when you speak a particular language.

    Ironically it may seem but Philippines is considered low-profile and a weak country. Because most of Filipino migrant-workers in some countries are either house helper or workers of blue collar jobs. Whereas, here in the Philippines we also classify our “kapwa-pilipino” base on on their ethnicity, job and social status. Racism and discrimination in the Philippines is no-longer uncommon. Let’s make our society’s situation as a fine example, some of us, especially millennials who grew up here in manila, we laugh at people who came from different provinces who has different dialect, namely “bisaya”. Their distinct enunciation of words and hard-tongued accent when speaking Tagalog dialect or English language makes us laugh and we even try to imitate it. Other than that, when it comes to intercultural context, we judge indigenous people basing on their distinct look and physical appearance. We make hilarious jokes about them without knowing that they are a big contribution in the Philippine culture. Talking about culture, we are all aware that the Philippines has religion differences and we cannot deny that many of these have already become part of our society. One example is the Muslims, if we are going to see the situations of the Muslims, some of them are being isolated (not over-generalizing) by other religions over their different way of worship and strong belief system. In addition, these occurrences also happen among other countries who discerns Muslims as the bad-people just because of how they value the interpretation of Q’ran.

    Racism comes in different forms, and even if we accept it or not, some of us still cannot accept diversity in our society. We live in the world right now where everyone has the voice to speak their minds and individual ideology of how we contextualize things by our own perspective and we must use it to promote the good. People like Barack Obama and Martin Luther King made name for themselves not for self-consumption but because of how they value humanity and equality.

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    Ryan Joseph Alcantara Mod • 4 days ago
    I agree with you Avi and Jean. Like what can we see nowadays in the world of social media, people label the blacks with such word like “nigga”. Maybe for black people they just use it as a joke but some netizens overuse it that most likely leads to discrimination. Facebook,Twitter, Youtube etc. are types of social media platforms where we can express our thoughts and ideas about random things. But let us not forget that we should also take moderation and not take advantage of our freedom of expression.
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    Jean Iris Nicole • 4 days ago
    I agree with Avilyne, blunders made by black people are treated differently from those of white people. Social media is a tool for mass communication, but sometimes the message communicated has a different meaning for other people. There are even some situations when racism is present and people are not even aware that they are already segregating white from black.
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    Avilyne Casa • 4 days ago
    let us not forget that racist jokes are quite “trendy”, as they say.
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    Avilyne Casa • 4 days ago
    i guess modern racism happens often through social media as well, mixing it with stereotyping. for instance, black people creates the best jokes online but when grammatical error is the issue, people point fingers to them. worse case scenario, when they are treated like uneducated and uncivilized people. it is quite saddening but it happens really often.
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    Ryan Joseph Alcantara Mod • 4 days ago
    The bombing of the Sixteenth Baptist Church in Birmingham was tragic. It also reminds me of how the black people were treated in Jackson,Mississippi. They were not abused physically but how people talked to them like they were a total trash was provocative enough to make them feel that they are not part of the society.
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    Divine Grace Daprosa • 4 days ago
    And if racism is found visible in us especially that we are a developing country, it might be hard for us to go along with globalization through cultural hybridization or the process by which a cultural element such a food, language, or music blend into another culture by modifying the element to fit cultural norms. If we won’t accept other people’s culture because we feel inferior over them, then it might be hard for us to fully embrace the blended culture and it might affect our country as it go along with globalization.
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    Divine Grace Daprosa • 4 days ago
    Fortunately, the mentioned 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham and the enactment of apartheid laws in South Africa in 1948 all because of racism is not happening in our country. Though racism is felt by some other people specifically those people who are different in faith, color, status in life and accent/dialect, still, we are lucky that racism is not inferior in the Philippines.
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    Airic Lilian Amber Ferrer • 4 days ago
    If one’s worth depends on the comparison to someone less than what one is, or I am more than that, then what easier way to do it than skin color.
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    Airic Lilian Amber Ferrer • 4 days ago
    Racism is ignorance, certainly, but ignorance is the source of ego and selfishness. And ego is the root of all evil. Sadly, we all have ego. It’s a tough disease to shake off. Like the old master once said, we need to take the beam out of our own eye before we talk to another about the mote in theirs.
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    Airic Lilian Amber Ferrer • 4 days ago
    Unfortunately it is human nature to be suspicious and intolerant of another group of people just because of their differences whether they are physical, like skin color, or religious. People are afraid of those who are different from themselves. They feel their security in who they are, threatened so they feel that they have to put others down to feel good about themselves.
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    Airic Lilian Amber Ferrer • 4 days ago
    With the enactment of apartheid laws in South Africa in 1948, racial discrimination was institutionalized in the country. Race laws touched every aspect of social life, including a prohibition of marriage between non-whites and whites, and allowing for “white-only’ jobs.
    Race laws touched every aspect of social life, including a prohibition of marriage between non-whites and whites, and allowing for “white-only’ jobs.
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    Jean Iris Nicole • 4 days ago
    In connection to the 1963 bombing, I came to the conclusion that racism is empowered by discrimination and it is now a global concern as each race serves as a classification for individuals. The problem is what is instilled in our minds after history decided to use our races as a way to define a person. It is also a matter of stereotyping. African-Americans are not the only ones who experience racism, asians, for example, experience racial prejudice as well.
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    Jean Iris Nicole • 4 days ago
    I am reminded of the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama which is one of the most notorious incidents of racism that occurred during the civil rights movement of the 1960’s. It was an act of white supremacist terrorism as the Klu Klux Klan planted at least 15 dynamites attached to a timing device beneath the front steps of an African-American church. The explosion killed foir girls and injured 22 others. The motive for the crime is racism and racial segregation.
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    IrishSibayan • 5 days ago
    Nothing’s more humiliating than to be racialized at your own country by your own countrymen. Imagine the ones you call brothers were slapping you with criticisms. You who grew up with the same rights as they have. Is Judging thy own race isn’t that ironic enough to see? I say, it’s “The blind-spot of today’s society.”
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    Ryan Joseph Alcantara Mod • 6 days ago
    And also, our country itself has become part of global hybridization wherein our community right now has multiracial and multicultural differences that we need to respect and accept as one.
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    Divine Grace Daprosa • 6 days ago
    I agree with Ms. Sibayan. And it’s not just in skin color that racism is prominent here in our society, but also in religion. As stated above by Mr. Alcantara, Muslims are overgeneralized as bad people, often connected with terrorists/terrorism, especially to the known militant group, ISIS. Aside from this, they are often thought as ‘weird’ because of their clothing, beliefs and tradition, particularly with the way they worship.
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    Avilyne Casa • 8 days ago
    Racism is the unhealthy form of empowering, especially in terms of cultural differences. it is said that it is “Racism = prejudice + power”. Differences among ourselves leads to ignorance resulting from pre-judgement from the limited knowledge we have.
    But, there are cases that can be considered strategy rather than ignorance. it is a way of expressing the ideology of supremacy among minor communities. it is, perhaps a way of taking advantage or a way of keeping social status.
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    IrishSibayan • 10 days ago
    The use of racially tinged categories to embrace the Other continues to be a common practice among upper and middle class Filipinos when it comes to dealing with the lower classes. Racialized and treated as if they were a different species even they are considered as an own kind.

    In addition to your list is about the outer limit of middle class life is defined by poverty. Associated with ignorance and criminality, the poor was permanently existential threat to the middle class and the rich. The physical and cultural trademarks of class regulates the poor and neutralize the dangers coming from this putative inferior race.

    For instance, Vice President Jojo Binay and his family. They have been damned by the press and social media for their corrupt practices.Mixed with these criticisms, though, is no small amount of racial animus. The Binays are seen as indio usurpers daring to claim for themselves “mestizo” social privileges. They stand accused not only of corruption but also of not knowing their place in the racial hierarchy.

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