Academic Festival 2012
OCTOBER 24, 2012 / UNIVERSITY OF NUEVA CACERES, NAGA CITY
The ACADEMIC FESTIVAL is a prestigious event hosted by UP HARONG, an organization of UP Diliman students coming from the province of Camarines Sur. Since 1996, it has served as a haven for intellectual exchange, meaningful exploits, and openhanded discourse.
ACADFEST caters to high school students in Camarines Sur and Cities of Naga and Iriga. It shall be composed of a series of contests: 17th Tingog nin Rason Debate Tournament, 15th Boses Kan Jovenes Public Speaking Contest, 11th Harong nin Dunong Quiz Bee, 10th Sural Essay Writing Contest, 9th Gayon Bikolnon Poster-Making Contest, 5th Ladawan kan Kabikolan Photojournalism Contest and the 3rd Istoryang Suanoy Contest
Investigating the Link
The world we now live in revolves around a massive system of information known as the World Wide Web. Its infinite hands reach out and get entangled so much in the daily weavings of human life that now, everybody, or at least almost everybody, is online. Everybody has a Facebook account. Everybody gets entertainment from Youtube. Everybody is but a page away from everything he has to and wants to know. In fact, everybody is just a click away.
And yet, in a world of so much connectivity, somehow, we have never been so apart.
Because online, people fight wars. People create discord. People step on each other’s rights. People spread advocacies that undermine other people. People copy and steal from other people’s minds. Things we would not do to our neighbors are being done to people from across continents. And with a cloak of anonymity to protect us, we have no consequences to be afraid of.
We have to realize that the World Wide Web is not simply a tool of our pleasure and convenience, but an extension of human life. That, as we create online versions of ourselves, we must also endow them with the values that allow us to live peacefully offline. That even online, every right we enjoy has an equivalent responsibility. That, as the Web is as powerful a weapon as any war machine, we must take care in making sure we are not stepping beyond boundaries of respect and courtesy.
But where do we start?
Awareness is key. Knowing what is right and what is wrong is always the first step towards moral wisdom, even in a medium so advanced as the Internet. And as we, the youth, are the most involved in the dealings of the Web, the campaign towards responsible and informed use of social media must start with us.