Social networking is scary. Case in point: Angelo Reyes.

I was checking my Facebook inbox this morning and just before walking to my 9AM class, I saw a few people announce that former Secretary of National Defense Angelo Reyes died of a gunshot wound. Seconds later, people began to speculate about it being possibly a suicide case. I did a quick search and sure enough, Twitter, Plurk and even Wikipedia have already updated: That he died on February 08, 2011, of apparent suicide, in front of his mother’s tomb at Loyola Memorial Park.

All this information overload before the broadsheets could even report about the case. (The online counterparts were quicker.)

What’s scary about all this? Despite the tragedy, people all over the net went all out with the bashing. (Since a dead man can’t really fight back now, can he?) Well, he did expire on the day he was supposed to stand on trial for graft.  I’m not taking sides. I’m just observing all of this while wondering about the future implications this media buzz brings about. Technological Determinism may seem like such a passe theoretical framework for the phenomena that’s unraveling right in front of us, but this is what’s happening now. Before, it has been said that people are braver online because it afforded them anonymity. But users are less anonymous now, as our offline identities are beginning to merge with our online identities. We are unabashedly posting our opinions with usernames that are quite attached to our real names and faces.

I’m not saying this is wrong…I’m just really interested in where this kind of behavior will take us and what lessons we’ll learn after the brouhaha subsides.

Another one of my observations: a couple of Twitter users have already created accounts that are supposedly Reyes’ voice that speaks from the grave. It’s kind of sick in a way…

But in this day and age of viral marketing and status messages that announce just about everything from what people ate to what they barfed…the lines have blurred, haven’t they?

10 Comments

  1. ~ Molly

    February 8, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Well, that's pretty low of the twitter creator =/

    Nonetheless, in Japan what he did would be considered honorable. But then again, we can't help but speculate someone might be behind his suicide… parang Godfather lang eh no? XD

  2. skysenshi

    February 8, 2011 at 6:57 am

    I feel sorry for his family, though. There are so many angles to this issue I want to explore.

  3. Charotness

    February 8, 2011 at 7:34 am

    So sad that some people actually went that low.

  4. skysenshi

    February 8, 2011 at 7:46 am

    This is what happens now that everyone is on the internet and they forgot propriety completely. Maybe when we're old, the rules will change…now, parang lahat ok na. We don't even filter the kind of information we give out.

  5. Between Bites

    February 8, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Guilty of corruption or not guilty, I really do not know for a fact. What I know is, I feel for his family. They lost a father, a man in their life.

    I agree with your observations. It's quite low of whoever created that twitter of A. Reyes.

  6. skysenshi

    February 8, 2011 at 7:52 am

    @Jane
    Yeah…it's sad that his family is going to go through all that crap and they aren't even the ones on trial. 🙁

  7. Rowena Wendy Lei

    February 8, 2011 at 1:19 pm

    Freaky that account is following me on Twitter too. XD

  8. Rowena Wendy Lei

    February 16, 2011 at 11:24 am

    Freaky that account is following me on Twitter too. XD

  9. skysenshi

    February 16, 2011 at 11:24 am

    I feel sorry for his family, though. There are so many angles to this issue I want to explore.

  10. skysenshi

    July 18, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    That account will get more buzz if he follows popular bloggers kasi. xD

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