The Social Court

28 Feb 2016

If there is one thing that the social media has taught us, it would be nonetheless any video, photos or article has the potential to go viral. Undeniably, social media has revolutionized the speed of the news cycle. Social media such as Facebook and Twitter has becoming the mainstream medium for breaking news. Today, one can know instantly what is happening throughout the world in real time. They are such powerful and great communication tools to connect people from all over the world. However, if one misuse the social media, there lies the risk of defamatory contents that could gain bad reputation or even destroy one’s future and life.

Not too long ago, a lady shared a photo of a young cake seller in Raja Uda, claiming that the girl tried to cheat her by purposely giving her the wrong cake. Disclosing the identity of the seller, the lady then asked the netizens to boycott the seller. However, her plan backfired when more netizens sided with the seller. Within days, the lady immediately became the hottest person in the country, even making headlines.

Of course, we are not here to discuss about the RM6 pandan cake. Such is the power of social media. It has the power to make you a hero, or sometimes famous (#RedPeople #Namewee). Yet, it also has the power to make you zero (#RM6PandanCake).

While some people leverage the social media platform to spread positivity and share meaningful and important messages, too often we see social media being misused by some people to defame certain people who wrong them. It has become easier and more rewarding than ever to share untruthful information of a person or business with the intention of defamation. While the publisher gets satisfaction of the video or article going viral and negative comments from the netizens piling up in the social media, an immense damage has already done to the victim’s life.

While words won't kill a person, it can secretly destroy a person from within. Simple comments may destroy the honor of a person to such an extent that one is not able to fix it.

On the other hand, I believe there are people who are rational and compassionate to not resort everything to the social media before understanding the rationale behind. Though it is easy to vent your frustrations online, but giving people another chance would be a more thoughtful approach. Everybody deserves a second chance.

Now, I got to admit, some of those viral videos or photos, they can actually be quite provoking. You may feel the anger sublimes from deep within your heart and you wish there’s just something you can do towards it. Some people, at this juncture, quickly put on their judging hat, raise the fingers of judgment, type in the sentence and hit the ’enter’ button. And as the post gains more attention, there will be more and more keyboard warriors and it’s just a matter of time before the news made headline.

Yet, we should not take the photos or videos as it is. You may find a photo of a guy scolding a woman in public, and we may quickly condemn the act of the guy. Yet, we don’t actually know the full story and perhaps the woman may have done something even more terrible to the guy beforehand. You may saw a video regarding road rage, yet you may not know who started the provocation at the first hand. 

More often than not, things posted on internet do not paint us the full picture. Some people do it with an intention, and that is to cause public humiliation against the person(s) in the photo or video. And we, the homosapien, who are blessed with the gift of thinking and rationalizing, seem to waste that gift when that happens. Without voicing our doubt and seeing the situation from another angle, we drop the judgement. And that, perhaps that, would have consequences that we will come to regret one day.

I am not saying that we should be bystander. Certainly, I am not calling everyone who posted something on Internet as fakers or cheaters. Rather, I implore you, that the next time when you see such post, don’t judge too quickly.

Coins have two sides, and every story could have been viewed from more than one angle.

The person(s) may or may not have done something wrong, but who are we to judge? At some points of time of our lives, we too have made mistakes, and I believe everyone deserves a second chance should then not be given the third chance, but even when it comes to that, let the judgment lies on the hands of the authority.

How to fail an interview

1 Feb 2016

*This post is written by guest blogger Swin Haur*

"I need a job!" is probably one of the most frustrating truths we have to bear with after some 15 years of schooling. Then again, getting a job probably is not that difficult, what's tough is to land the job the you really want. As one who has gone through tons of interviews (except not really) and failed most of them. I think I am probably qualified to teach you ways on how to fail an interview. 
After all, you never know when you will find them come in handy *evil wink*.

Now there are three stages to a job interview, pre-interview, during the interview itself as well as post-interview. And if you are wishing to fail an interview, there are a few things that you must actually do during the stage of pre-interview and during the interview itself.


1. Showing up with a sloppy look

Showing up with the wrong dress code, rumpled attire and unmated hair is definitely the pre-requisite to ruin your interview. As hard as others may be trying to impress the interviewers through the first impression, you need to make sure they feel disgusted by your outer appearance. PS.: It works well to get away from unwanted date as well.

2. Not doing any preparation beforehand

Interview is often scripted. First you prepare a list of high-potential questions. Then you prepare answers to each of them. And just before the interview, you will probably spend the night or even days before the interview to go through, or to some extent, memorize the standard answers. Well, don’t do anything if you want to fail your interview!

3. You're late

It pretty much sums up everything. Try to make the effort to be late (well, perhaps some don’t even need to try to be late). And even if you arrive on time, don’t show up on time!

During the Interview

1. Avoid the questions

Never ever answer what the interviewer(s) asked. If he asked about ‘A’, beat around the bushes and then answer ‘B’. Repeat this whole simple formula for every single question and I say you are up for a good headstart.

2. Be completely honest

Now let’s face it, most of the times, we might need to deliberately not bringing up something during the interview for your own good. Technically, we are not lying but just not mentioning. Surely, if you want the job, you would want to cover up as many weaknesses as possible. So in this case, be a good boy/girl and be total honest.

3. Be the Muter

Silence is gold, and this is exceptionally true during an interview. Instead of taking the approach of beating around the bushes or be completely honest, always give a one-worded answer and support it with a very soft, and almost inaudible voice.

4. Be rude/not professional

We all know it is not right to take phone calls, swirl around with the swivel chair, not looking in the eyes of your interviewer(s), not being attentive of what the interviewer(s) say, be offensive towards the interviewer(s) and many more. Well, you know what to do.

5. Oh My English!

A few local companies aside, you can almost not escape from using English in your daily routines. And because of that, your English proficiency is also being evaluated during the interview, with some companies placing higher emphasis for good English proficiency. 

Generally, a rule of thumb is that you just need decent English and not Queens’ English. Still, if you want to fail, screw up the correct pronunciation and MADES deliberate grammar MISTAKESES (you get the idea).

6. Be unrealistic

There might be a time during your interview where you talk about the package (compensation & benefits). Generally, if you did right what I mentioned above, you will not come to this point. After all, why waste the time discussing this when you are not keen to hire that person. Still, to be completely assure that you fail the interview, initiate this topic actively and make ridiculous demands (eg. 3 working days a week, unlimited annual leave and etc.).

                So there you go dear readers, 9 effective ways on how to fail your interview. All in all, I don’t actually hope that you will fail the interview of your dream job. Bottom-line is, it does not matter how good you are, sometimes you can just make a small mistake and poof, and there go your chances. So be sure to go through my list again and make sure you don’t do that, though you are welcomed to do so if you so choose to fail an interview.

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