UP Shopping Center Goes Up in Flames, Along With Commenters' Sense of Decency
We've never known social media to be very sensitive about anything—unless it's to be overly sensitive about something—but we can't say we aren't still surprised by the callousness of many comments sections we visit.
Earlier this morning, the UP Shopping Center, a commercial building and an institution at the university, was razed by a fire. It had housed photocopying services and food establishments, including the iconic Rodic's Tapa. This marks the fifth time that a fire has hit a UP Diliman building since 2010 (the Faculty Center in 2016, the Alumni Center and Casaa in 2015, and the chemistry building in 2010).
Many students and alumni of the university were quick to mourn SC, but social media being what it is, there were also many who offered scorn rather than sympathy. In various news stories reporting the fire, including ones from Rappler and ABS-CBN, readers were aghast to find comments that not only make light of the tragedy, but even blame it on UP's long-standing reputation for social activism.
"Karma" was clearly the invective of choice. And of course...the communists?!
We're not sure what's more depressing: That we've just lost a beloved institution, or that you can't read about it without encountering people who are quicker to use the incident as political ammunition on social media. RIP, UP Shopping Center and common sense. We will miss you both dearly.
If, unlike these trolls, you'd like to actually do something and help those who were affected by the fire, consider the UP Student Regent's call for donations.