In Time’s “Selfiest Cities in the World”, Time Magazine ranks Makati City and Pasig City in the Philippines as selfie capitals of the world with 258 selfie-takers per 100,000 people. But this may end so soon now that what most people term as “Anti-Selfie” bill has been calendared for 3rd reading in the plenary. House Bill 4807 or Personal Privacy Act is possibly going to be Anti-Selfie Law if signed in to law. Philippine Congress seeks to prevent people from taking photos albeit originally intended as selfies if the said photos capture other people without their permission.
The law is grounded on the supposed “Intrusion of Personal Privacy” and imposes civil penalty which consist not only of injunctive and declaratory reliefs but also of compensatory and punitive damages. The law specifically considers capturing by camera or sound recording or other physical impression of a person or family activity as trespass into personal privacy. The only exemption recognized thus far is taking under legitimate law enforcement activities. With this, decline can be expected in #Selfie postings in social media and other video sharing websites.
The proposed law has created a buzz from media and journalists in that the measure will potentially suppress press freedom in the country. Ordinary citizens who are randomly taking snapshots on people, events and places are going to be affected too. The country has been famous for what is known to as citizen journalism so many people will run the risk of being sued in local courts. What most people complain about the law is that it doesn’t matter if the photo was actually sold for profit because it will not be available as a defense in court.
Do you guys think this is one form of press freedom suppression? I would love to hear you in the comments.
Last month, the first Canadian Restaurant, Signs, which is mostly staffed with deaf waiters and waitresses, opened its doors for diners from all walks of life. Located on Yonge and Wellesley intersection in Downtown Toronto, they are mostly staffed by deaf servers. This means that your order will now fall on deaf ears, only it will be served right next to you in no time. Diners will have to make the order using sign language on the menu or on the big images on the walls. But they were there not just for what’s going to be on the plate but to support this laudable initiative of the restaurant management.
The owner Anjan Manikumar, although not deaf, knows sign language and this attempt to capacitate one of the most vulnerable sectors of the society is, hands down, worth praising. They have once been forfeited with the chance and hope to work in a business like this but they now can. The deaf community has really seen inspiration in this rare opportunity to show their potential. It will enable them to finally find a place where they will be more at ease with the only language they know.
In an interview with CBC, one server at Signs, Mehdi Safavi, expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to work in an environment where deaf people are respected. This is indeed an inspiration of the global deaf communities to learn their officially-recognized American Sign Language. Now, these people will have more reason to go to school and avail with the special education offered in many public educational institutions across the globe.
SIGNS is, hands down, one of the most uniquely themed restaurant in the world. They are inviting everyone to come for the experience and at the same time, stay there for the high quality contemporary menu that they offer. It is also a great place for the deaf community to see and share their joys and experiences. The InsideBoxMag wishes to be there one day to experience the hospitality of our deaf brothers and sisters. We hope that you will share this news by clicking any or all of the buttons below.
Meet Shandy Shook, a real homeless man. Youtuber Joseph Costello had a bright idea of bringing Sandy to the street and have him beg for money. This time, Sandy will have to look his best and has to wear a business suit while begging. Joseph made this social experiment to see how people see two different perspectives of begging. This time, the businessman-looking beggar received much compared to the second part where he is not wearing a nicer suit.
In our previous post, we have drawn an observation about an invisible barrier which separates “us” from “them”. This is something which the humanity should realize. By simply looking at the video, we can safely conclude that those who have less are the ones who give more. It can be seen that those who think they earn less than businessman-looking Sandy are more than willing to give. On the contrary, those who see him in his messy look are almost always avoiding him. They do not even dare to look at him straight in his eyes. This only strengthens the argument about the invisible barrier I am referring about.
On a personal note, I would rather say that those who choose not to give cannot also be faulted. This time, we really can’t say who among those who seek help have pure intentions or not. We hesitate because we couldn't confidently assume that the money we give will be used in a good way. As with the rest, I prefer to give them something other than money. Also we can’t specifically say that reaching out to them will be safer for us. But this doesn’t mean that we should stop caring. To borrow from the words of Desiderata, “No less than the trees and the stars, you [they] have the right to be here.”
What blew me most was what happened at 2:11 when an itinerant proposed to empty is pockets for Sandy. It is simply mind blowing. He did not hesitate for a second to offer his help. This only shows that there are many homeless people who have pure hearts. Fate may have not favored them but that doesn’t even mean that they are socially inadequate. And lastly, should you wish to help Sandy, you can send him a wholehearted donation on this link: http://www.gofundme.com/cd60bc . Thanks and God bless!
When we see people begging for money on the streets, they almost always seem invisible. Let’s accept it. That has been a fact proven by a long line of studies. There seems to be a barrier that separates us from these vagrants on the streets. The sad fact is, the barrier is invisible, unnoticed. Even if they are going to be replaced by any of our beloved member of the family, it is unlikely that we will get to look them in the eyes or recognize them.