Tuesday, November 30

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Educate, not bash, people who believe in false info – sociologists

Educate, not bash, people who believe in false info – sociologists

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by ARTHUR N. APOSTOL FILIPINOS SHOULD engage in active citizenship by educating people vulnerable to false information rather than criticizing them, sociologists said. Active citizenship entails developing critical thinking and using facts to raise awareness, Mindanao State University-General Santos City sociology professor Mario Aguja said. “In Sociology, we are trained to speak about the facts. [Whether] they accept it or they don’t accept it, we deliver our facts and we use our facts to convince a lot of people,” said Aguja during the ‘Ikaw, Anong Ambag Mo? Government Political Systems and Policy Implementation Amidst Pandemic’ webinar last Nov. 13. Aguja noted that facts in discourses are being replaced by opinions in social media, but one’s action should always be guid
‘Weak institutions’ cause disinformation—journalist

‘Weak institutions’ cause disinformation—journalist

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by KAREN RENEE S. NOGOY DISINFORMATION WORSENED amid pandemic and media is not to blame but the 'weak institutions,’ a journalist said in a webinar series spearheaded by third-year UST sociology students on Nov. 28. Ralf Rivas, a Rappler multimedia reporter, centered on the disinformation landscape during the pandemic and how it affects journalists in a webinar titled “In the Lens of Progress: A Forced Familiarity in Mass Media Amidst Pandemic.” “Badly crafted disinformation materials are mixed with the confusing ones, the partially true ones, and actually the legitimate ones,” said Rivas. He also said that “disinformation, weak institutions, profit-driven interest, competition, strongman leadership, climate of fear, and the virus” make up the country's “chaotic disinformat
Former Socio Dep’t head dies at 86

Former Socio Dep’t head dies at 86

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  THE FORMER chairperson of the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Department of Sociology died at the age of 86 due to heart failure last Oct. 21. Alice Bulos, who graduated from UST with a master’s degree in social and behavioral sciences, taught sociology in the University from 1951 to 1971. In 1967, she became the chair of the Department of Sociology but resigned in 1972 to join her husband, Dony Bulos, in the United States. Dubbed as the “Grand Dame of the Filipino-American Politics,” Bulos, together with her husband, founded the Filipino American Grassroots Movement which is a voter registration drive to encourage the involvement of the Filipino American community in the political process. Former US President Bill Clinton appointed Bulos to the Federal Council on