Accident does not stop from happening, and the media never stops covering it. Some media report the news too lasciviously and others distort facts. As an editor of The UOS Times, I feel a heavy responsibility from this situation. Even though we do not cover the news in real-time, it is very important to give accurate and useful information to readers. That is what the press stands for, and that is the standard we, The UOS Times have pursued.
At the end of every year, a proverb of the year chosen by professors from across Korea, is announced. For example, in 2010, the word ‘Jang-du-no-mi’(장두노미) was picked as the proverb of the year. The word describes the situation when an ostrich hides its head in the ground but does not care about its tail. This proverb means that the truth cannot be hidden. But the most frequently chosen word would be ‘Da-sa-da-nan’(다사다난), which means that event after event takes place. This year, there have already been too many tragedies on both domestic and international level.
Distorted perceptions of sexuality were one of the reasons for these tragedies. Korean actress Jang Ja-yeon’s scandal and the Shanghai diplomat scandal have shown us how much morality among Koreans has fallen. Along with those moral hazards, natural problems have also hit Northeast Asia. A severe earthquake in Japan caused numerous casualties and lots of property damage while foot-and-mouth disease has caused millions of cattle to be slaughtered in Korea. Even though a nature caused these accidents, the second round of damage was caused mainly by mankind and they were more intense. In Korea, the process of burying diseased animals was too crude so, the leachate (blood from the burial grounds) transpired. It caused mass soil and water pollution. In Japan they handled their acute situation very calmly. On the other hand, radioactivity from nuclear plants, which are a human invention, has made rescue and relief efforts more difficult to complete.
We have seen enough terrible accidents so far this year. Some were out of human control but most damages from these accidents were caused by humans. While focus on your current work, please keep in mind the lessons from these accidents. If we forget this, another terrible accidents can happen at any time. Remember that we university students are the future of the world. We can prevent these accidents by ourselves.