Few people commented that UP Mindanao students are apathetic when it comes to social issues. The basis for this comment is that only a few students attend/join rallies now compared to our time in UP. So, my friend asked me, “What should the alumni do on matters pertaining to apathetic UP Mindanao students?”
My answer is NOTHING.
My take on this issue is communicative in nature.
I told my friend that just like Rizal and Bonifacio, both have different ways of expressing and exposing societal issues. Rizal was part of the propaganda movement while Bonifacio took on a more aggressive approach and started the revolutionary movement.
Perhaps, and this is just a theory, students in UP Mindanao took on a new medium to raise issues. After all, with the current trend of making the information superhighway better and faster, people tend to be more active online than in person. Students start to bring their issues online. This “virtual street” caters to varied audiences and more readership compared to the real street when only a few people stop and really “listen” to the issues raised.
UP Mindanao students are not apathetic at all. Proof? I talked to them and asked them why. They said that there are issues that should be raised using a different medium – a different platform, and the street is not the only place where people can voice out their concerns.
UP Mindanao students are not apathetic. They just got more intelligent and wise to think of an appropriate medium to address various issues. This way, their effort will have more impact and will surely reach their TARGET AUDIENCE.
Gone are the days when people go to the plaza/park to listen to preachers debate. We are not in the 80s anymore.
Now is the age of New Media and Media Arts!