The Jejemons


Who they really are?

They have been branded, discriminated and mocked.  Numerous threads and blogs have populated the world wide web referring to what has been labeled as the newest generation of pre – teens and young adults.  The Jejemons.

How did it start?  Logging back to my old Friendster account, I came across with some comments and testimonials posted on some of my friends’ profiles.  And yes, back in 2008, there had already been a number of adolescent kids who showed the signs of the Jeje – syndrome.  And no one ever thought that it will hit our society big time. As networking sites became popular, the Jeje – population grew significantly in a short span of time.  It is composed of students, teens, out of school youths and drop-outs. Many of them grew up in the slums. Their emergence in the social grid became visible not only on the internet but also through the short messaging system (SMS) technology.  Talking in the Jejelanguage, the Jejevirus spread like an epidemic.  Thus, different reactions and opinions have come into view.

Various photographs have been posted and passed around online.  Many got curious.  Others got furious. The Jejemons became a hot topic in all corners of our society. It is rather interesting to note that there are people who are adept in explaining the Jeje – phenomenon, while others don’t even have the slightest idea.

Whether we admit it or not, Jejemons have become a part of the pop culture after the Guwapings made their debut some two decades ago.  Jejemons are quite easy to spot.  There’s the jejecap – there’s nothing special about it except for its signature rainbow color and the way it’s being worn.  It simply sits on top of the head. Skinny jeans are worn way, way below the waistline matched with a metal studded belt.  Sneakers complete the get up.  One could only smirk upon seeing a Jejemon.  Some think they are ridiculous.  Yet, more often than not, they catch anyone’s attention.  In short, they became the target of media and public scrutiny.  They became victims of social discrimination.

 Amidst the controversy, have we thought for a second why do the Jejemons exist?  It’s pretty alarming that too many criticisms have already been thrown at them. Out of humanitarian concerns, have we done something for them?

 Jejemons serve as a wake – up call to our government as they represent serious social issues. If most people think that they need to go back to elementary, it is imperative that the Department of Education take an immediate step to look into the educational standards.  Part of the action plan that the department should take is the construction of new school buildings and the rehabilitation of the old school buildings.  An ample amount of time must be allotted in teaching basic and advanced communication skills in both the elementary and secondary levels.  Social awareness of the students should also be given proper attention.  Since some of these individuals live in slum areas, a relocation program to move their families to better neighborhoods must be given utmost importance.

These programs can only materialize if the government has enough funds to support the various departments that have direct participation in the rehabilitation of our society.  It is a public knowledge that the previous government had shamelessly wasted the people’s hard earned money.  Hence, the lack of funds for government programs.  Let’s just hope and pray that this new government that advocates for a CHANGE, will live up to its promise.

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23 Responses to The Jejemons

  1. what if they know proper grammar naman talaga? tipong sinasadya lang nila na ganun. having a large percentage of class d and class e families is enough wake up call for the government. just my opinion.

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  2. Sony Fugaban says:

    As an instructor, I am completely aware of how fatal this “jeje virus” is to students nowadays. I think, it’s safe to say that it’s not problem before but it is beyond question a serious problem during the present time. Thing is, students carry the virus everywhere now. School is definitely not exempted. There lies the most serious problem. I am a witness of how the communication skills of students in the tertiary level deteriorated and the virus has a lot do about it. I’m an advocate of the jeje virus battle (as I call it) since I set foot in the academe. Let’s not get into details of how I “fight” but let me give you a glimpse. I really give a s*** about my students’ grammar, especially on how they spell every word they write and say. That’s what I consider their mortal sin.

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    • SuPLaDoNG RuNNeR says:

      //@Sony Fugaban: I salute your Sir for your advocacy. And I’m glad that I’m not alone in this issue.

      I really appreciate your reading my blog and taking time to share your opinion.

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  3. Sony Fugaban says:

    As a teacher, I am aware of how fatal this “jeje virus” is to students nowadays. Students carry the virus (well, it’s a virus in the first place) everywhere now so schools are definitely not excepted. There lies the most serious problem. I can be a star witness of how communication skills of students in the tertiary level deteriorated because of the virus.

    I’m a fighter the jeje virus battle, as I call it, since I set foot in the academe. Therefore, I really give a s*** about my students’ language skills. The distressing part is, there are teachers who think that participating in the battlefield is for English teachers’ only. I just don’t think so …

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    • SuPLaDoNG RuNNeR says:

      //@Sony Fugaban: I’m not trying to impose on teachers, but I would say that every teacher should take on the challenge to fight against what we call the ‘Jeje virus’. This is to ensure that whatever fundamentals taught in primary and elementary levels don’t go into the garbage bin.
      I understand that there maybe more than two sides to this issue, however, i believe that this so called ‘jeje phenomenon’ has more negative impact to the written communication skills of the students. And this is something everyone should be concerned about.

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  4. Sony Fugaban says:

    As a teacher, I am aware of how fatal this “jeje virus” is to students nowadays. Students carry the virus (well, it’s a virus in the first place) everywhere now so schools are definitely not excepted. There lies the serious problem. I can be a star witness of how communication skills of students in the tertiary level deteriorated because of the virus. I’m a fighter for the jeje virus battle, as I call it, since I set foot in the academe. It goes without saying that I really give a s*** about my students’ language skills. The distressing part is, there are plenty of teachers who think that participating in the battlefield is for English teachers’ only. I just don’t think so …

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