Matanglawin Ateneo schools Mocha Uson on responsible use of social media
Let's review the meaning of satire and lampoon.
(SPOT.ph) In the spirit of "malaya at mapagpalayang pagpapalitan ng kuro-kuro tungkol sa mahahalagang usaping pampaaralan at panlipunan," Matanglawin Ateneo—a school publication at the Ateneo de Manila University—annually produces a lampoon, spoof, or satirical issue. It often criticizes a person, government, or society by way of subtle and funny lines.
Satirical pieces are commentaries that should be taken seriously because they point out national issues that we should be concerned about. But not too serious that you would take everything that they say literally. Ang pikon, talo.
Matanglawin Ateneo calls its latest lampoon issue, released in October 2016, Mochang Tanga Blog, a play on Mocha Uson Blog and Tanganglawin. In the past, it also spoofed various publications including The Guidon (The Tanga, Opisyal na Katangahan ng Arteneo), University of Santo Tomas's The Varsitarian (The Tanganglawin), and Rappler (Tanganglawin). Despite the primary use of these forms, it doesn't mean that the whole edition criticizes just one individual. Where's the fun in that? Matanglawin's 2016 Tanganglawin takes a closer (and humorous) look at other national issues such as the extrajudicial killings, former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's newfound freedom, Ferdinand Marcos's imminent burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, and the territorial dispute over the West Philippine Sea.
These are pretty hard to digest if you're unsure of what lampoon and spoof mean, or maybe even literary devices like satire and irony.
On October 14, Mocha Uson started a series of Facebook posts crying foul on Matanglawin Ateneo's Tanganglawin—pointing out the publication's alleged distribution of the issue in secret as well as the editor-in-chief's (Rambo Talabong) internship at a news site. Some of her followers supported her posts with their own takes on the matter.
In response, Matanglawin Ateneo's editorial team released a statement on October 16 regarding the issue. It emphasized the following points:
- Wala itong kinikilingan kundi ang pagbibigay ng espasyo para sa mga marhinalisado nang marinig ang kanilang boses...
- Ang pagpili ng MOCHA USON BLOG bilang tema pati ang pagpili ng mga nilalaman ng Tanganglawin ay isang desisyon na ginawa bilang isang patnugutan ng Matanglawin at hindi monopolyo ng isang patnugot, maging punong patnugot pa.
- Isa na sa mga sakit sa lipunan ang maling paggamit ng social media.
- Nananawagan ang Matanglawin sa MOCHA USON BLOG na matuto ng responsableng paggamit ng social media, lalo na at mayroon itong higit sa apat na milyong taga-subaybay.
- Inililimbag ng Matanglawin Ateneo ang Tanganglawin bilang isang satirikong pamamaraan ng pagpapahayag ng mga isyung panlipunan, at isinusulat at inilalabas ito para sa komunidad ng mga Paaralang Loyola.
The publication also called for the immediate removal of Rambo Talabong's profile on her Facebook page. "Ang paglalantad ng personal na impormasyon nang walang pahintulot mula sa taong nagmamay-ari nito ay isang anyo ng cyberbullying at paglabag ng kalayaan sa pamamahayag na inimandato ng pambansang konstitusyon," Matanglawin Ateneo said.
Finally, the publication restates its vision and mission and starts with "Mapanghamon ang ating panahon. Kailangan ang mga matang nangangahas tumitig at magsuri sa paligid."
UPDATE: The Guidon also released a statement on October 16 supporting Matanglawin Ateneo's "right as a journalistic publication." It also condemns Mocha Uson's posting of Talabong's profile on her Facebook page. "As colleagues in journalism, we find this action alarming and dangerous. Uson should have thought about the implications of her act. She has unnecessarily exposed Talabong to cyberbullying by posting his personal details, therefore opening the possibility of endangering him and his rights," the statement read.
UPDATE (October 25): The post about Rambo Talabong has been deleted on the Mocha Uson Blog Facebook page.