Noynoy Aquino's vblog

Over at Barrio Siete, a commentor issued a challenge to another commentor that illustrates an aspect of the Philippine National “Debate” that is a Filipino favourite and a cherished tradition of our “democracy” — gossipping about who thy neighbour planeth to vote for.

but then again, what are those people who claim to be intelligent, what are they doing? how bout you guys, i believe you are above-standard, do you have anybody in mind, do you have something to offer?

[…]

Ako ay wala pang mapisil, samantalang sa aking pananaw ay si Noynoy ang lesser of all evils. Ikaw sino ba ang isinusulong mo?

With all due respect to that commentor and the millions of others who seem to find it within their business to know who the other is voting for, let me make this timely reminder:

Nobody has the right to make anyone reveal who they plan to vote for and no one is under any obligation to reveal who their ‘manok’ is to anyone.

Not even the police nor the National Bureau of Investigation has the authority to make anyone publicly proclaim who they plan to vote for.

If you reveal and publicly endorse who you plan to vote for, that is through your own free will and within your own prerogative to do so. Kaya nga secret ballot e.

I believe, the real issue here is not who is the right candidate (that is for each of us to decide as individual voters presumably while applying a bit of our God-given brain). The issue is about the way the candidates engage the electorate and what the electorate expects of them.

You can see here that the electorate expects very little of their politicians. It is evident in their warm reception of what is really a vacuous campaign being unleashed by the land’s most popular candidate. Not only does he come across as a lame duck candidate who was pressured into running (sige na nga mentality), his equity as a politician rests upon the monumental “achievements” of his parents. If we were to make a back-of-the-envelope analysis of the composition of his political equity, I’d say it is 99% Aquino clan pedigree and 1% Noynoy Aquino.

Regardless of WHO you vote for, the question is WHAT are you voting for — which brings us to the point I want to make. The current buzz at the moment (which our pal at Jolog Central reports on and what ABS-CBN’s food for bright minds Bandila gives precious airtime to this morning) is that popular candidate Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III is now doing a vblog, supposedly that will…

[…] offer an “unscripted and raw look” of Aquino to allow voters to know him better, his advocacies and his platform og [sic] governance […]

.

Nice try Ignoy.

Again, if those “platforms” and “advocacies” do exist (presumably because he is able to discuss them VERBALLY on a “vblog”), then why can’t he take the trouble to write these down in a clearly-articulated and coherently-structured form?

You know why?

Because people do not EXPECT him to. They’d rather engage him verbally on a ‘vblog’. Noynoy expects the Filipino Voter to come to him and pick his brain. They may as well pick his nose. Real men of conviction on the other hand deliver their message in a form that makes his commitments to his people crystal clear and categorical.

What makes a vblog so special for that matter? Even sixteen-year-olds do vblogs (they have been since the advent of YouTube, and most likely even earlier) — and they do them far better than old farts like Noynoy (who probably has an army of techos to set up his equipment for him). For those of us who think, such a spectacle comes across more like an attempt to sell the gloss of a Boy Band to the streetsmart sensibilities of real rockers.

vstatic

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Epilogue

I’ve been criticised many times for using ABS-CBN’s videoloid Bandila as one of my primary windows into what is going on in the Philippines.

Fair enough.

That highlights something about what the Philippines projects to the rest of the world. And we have ABS-CBN to thank for that.

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28 Responses to Noynoy Aquino's vblog

  1. GabbyD says:

    huh? “Again, if those “platforms” and “advocacies” do exist (presumably because he is able to discuss them VERBALLY on a “vblog”), then why can’t he take the trouble to write these down in a clearly-articulated and coherently-structured form?

    why is writing it down much better than saying it in video? you are saying very strange things nowadays…

    • BongV says:

      Gabbyd:

      It is not a mutually exclusive proposition – if you show it, you should also be able to put it in writing.

    • BenK says:

      Noynoy and his supporters at every turn are dodging normal standards of accountability for candidates that are applied in, oh, just about every democracy in the world. “I have plans and advocacies, but you have to come ask me for them. I don’t have to give them to you up front, because I’m an Aquino.” Such arrogance!

      And I doubt he actually has any plans or advocacies, because his supporters, if they had any real confidence that he was a right and proper choice for the president, would present these as substantial arguments in support of that idea, rather than getting hysterical and resorting to straw-man arguments and ad hominems when faced with any criticism.

    • GabbyD says:

      @bong

      its not mutually exclusive indeed! more importantly, they are substitutes! that my point 🙂

      @Benk
      huh? he’s doing the vlog PRECISELY so he can communicate what he’s about.

      moreover, its not noynoy’s supporters job to present noynoy’s stand. thats NOYNOY’s job! 🙂 thats PRECISELY what the vlog is about.

      • BongV says:

        GabbyD:

        I am not sure if the word substitute is applicable in this case.

        The vblog can supplement – but it does not substitute for a written comprehensive well substantiated platform for the reason that not all people have access to the Internet much less a vblog.

        In contrast, a hardcopy of a platform can be passed around to people who don’t have internet access – and the merits and demerits of the platform can be discussed.

        At this point in time – Noynoy does not have a platform – which in itself, is a demerit. 🙂

      • GabbyD says:

        “At this point in time – Noynoy does not have a platform – which in itself, is a demerit”

        wanting a platform on paper is not a bad thing. its great!

        but the point of this blog post is to criticize noynoy for ATTEMPTING TO COMMUNICATE with people on the web. thats just nuts! a vlog that seeks to engage the candidate and people is always a good thing.

        but you guys cant even acknowledge that, which is weird!

      • BenK says:

        With a platform, it might be a clever way to use communications; that’s not too different than some of the things Obama was doing. Without a platform, though, it’s a lazy gimmick.

  2. BURAOT says:

    well, nobody can force anybody to divulge who they wanted to vote. unless they do so voluntarily, like say the case when they go about and openly campaign for a particular candidate? like you said you were still doing your homework and proceeded to suggest Nick Perlas, wasn’t that like publicly stating that you might vote for him?

    again my question.. where is the fragmented left as far as Nick Perlas is concerned?

    • BenK says:

      What do either of those questions have to do with anything? As far as I remember, Nick Perlas was suggested as a legitimate candidate on the basis of actually having a strong platform – one that may or may not be agreeable in its specific details, but at least provides the voters with the opportunity to debate his merits on practical terms. That’s not much of an endorsement, really.

      Again your question? Is it something you asked sometime before? And is it something that anybody should actually care about?

  3. benign0 says:

    In case it gets deleted, here is a comment I made on the BarrioSiete article “Who’s to blame by all these black propaganda” on November 11, 2009 at 10:00 am (Pinoy time).

    ==========start of quote

    i’m actually sick and tired of the usual FV-crap that “if you don’t see it the way we see it”, you’re dumb and stupid (immature) which is very FV actually – for if anyone who does not agree with any FV blogger is un-intellectual, un-educated, immature and all crap which really is the bottom line of most of FV’s arguments even benigno.

    Is it “very FV” Mr. Reyna Elena?

    Perhaps FV has more than its fair share of arrogant people and I dare say that arrogance is a bit more evenly distributed across MANY of us. I’ll say Barriosiete perhaps has less aggregate arrogance. But then most of what it does have collectively is concentrated on one person — a person who is almost single-handedly undermining B7 as a community [referring to no other than esteemed Barriosiete co-admin bluepanjeet].

    You may delete this comment now if you want (now that you’ve read it). But then you will find that every observation I make about the behaviour of some of your inhabitants here is actually relevant to the discussion as it reflects Philippine society at large (all the “black propaganda” and the winning of wrong arguments in our society and all that), just as you yourself (and even me occassionally — if you will take the time to read my posts on FV) make observations and form a blanket generalisations of the inhabitants of FV too. Yours is evident in what you said: “the usual FV-crap” and “which is very FV actually”.

    If people don’t want to be called stupid, perhaps they should stop acting stupid. No amount of being “sick and tired” of being called “stupid” will stop people from calling stupid people “stupid”.

    I (personally) call Noynoy and his supporters stupid because to me they fail to exhibit any evidence of intelligence (in both the way the[y] pitch Noynoy’s message — whatever that may be — and in the way they defend [against] his attackers). And last I checked, an inability to exhibit intelligence is a symptom of stupidity. If we see Noynoy as possessing the “courage” to envision a different Philippines in the future, perhaps that courage might begin with acknowledging how stupid he presumes Filipino voters to be by delivering to them such a vacuous and limp-d1cked campaign. On the part of the Filipino voter, perhaps it is time that we for our part become courageous enough to DEMAND MORE INTELLIGENCE from our politicians.

    Perhaps we should vote for Noynoy being the “lesser evil”. But even if we do, we should maintain a HIGH STANDARD in what we as voters DEMAND and EXPECT of him (or for that matter any politician) — not only during his campaign, but also through his term of office.

    That is the kind of courage and INTELLIGENCE a true democratic people exhibit.
    ==========end of quote

    – 😉

    • GabbyD says:

      name calling in uncalled for, for one..

      second, to posit that the inability to exhibit intelligence is stupidity is silly coz its a circular definition. its like saying being beautiful is the property of having beauty.

      to make sense of this definition, you have to define intelligence, which i guess you define as asking for a platform. that is a weird definition of intelligence, a definition that curiously asserts what it intends to prove.

      hence its not an impartial definition at all… very partisan. a one-sided definition of intelligence is what upsets people B0. thats THE PROBLEM.

      there is nothing stupid about liking the message of the AD, of understanding that the ad can say ONE and ONLY ONE message at a time.

      there is nothing stupid about liking honesty. there is nothing stupid about any of these things.

      the second point, is that there an attempt to communicate the plans of the noynoy administration, but unfortunately, it doesnt fit your time frame (RIGHT NOW). it’ll take time, and other messages are also important.

      there is also the thing i told you about — the lack of wedge (thats the word!) issues in RP presidential politics. its hard to have 30-1min video ads on issues because there are no wedge issues.

      • BongV says:

        GabbyD:

        There is nothing stupid about liking honesty.

        However, limiting oneself to honesty only, when evaluating a candidate, isn’t exactly an optimal evaluation method. He could be honest but incompetent.

        Why settle for such if you can have honest AND competent?

        Actually there are wedge issues:

        – land reform and position on SDOs and support services;

        – charter change – allowing foreigners to own real estate (based on Singapore and Taiwanese models);

        But the candidates want to play it safe and prefer to pander to the more primeval animal instincts. it is effective, but is it the right thing to do? 🙂

  4. Maia says:

    Having worked in ABS-CBN, I can honestly say that the politics in that network is enough to make anyone vomit. And I’ve heard stories of how good a network it used to be before the change in management (trans: before Geny Lopez passed away and his kids took over).

  5. BongV says:

    well, nobody can force anybody to divulge who they wanted to vote. unless they do so voluntarily, like say the case when they go about and openly campaign for a particular candidate? like you said you were still doing your homework and proceeded to suggest Nick Perlas, wasn’t that like publicly stating that you might vote for him?

    based on the vetting process i have done, my personal KPIs come to the conclusion that – yes, i might. and yes, obviously, that was a public statement.

    was it volunteered, no it wasn’t. however, you, RE, and bpluepanjeet asked for an answer, trying to insinuate anyone who didn’t agree with Noynoy is automatically for Villar (which I ifnd hilarious) , so you were given one.

    again my question.. where is the fragmented left as far as Nick Perlas is concerned?

    I have no idea, nor is their position relevant to the conclusion I derived from the vetting process.

  6. benign0 says:

    @ GabbyD

    Liking the ad is one thing. Evaluating the substance behind its message is another. Do not confuse yourself between the reptilian impulse of liking and the deliberate sapient effort involved in evaluating.

    To like is human. Any moron can “like” something, just as, left to its own devices, a three-year-old kid would gorge itself with candies. But what separates the men from the boys is the ability to step back from an emotional impulse (one driven by his brainstem) and apply a concious effort to think through the facts and the logic (something driven by his cerebral cortex).

    Just because you get drawn to something does not mean you should indulge in it. Otherwise we’d all be (the boys in us at least) chasing every skirt we see down the street or munching on bacon and chicharon instead of clocking in on time at our place of work or eating our vegetables and fruit to balance our diets.

    • GabbyD says:

      an AD can only say one thing — one message– at a time, as i mentioned above. do you agree?

      if you watch it, and you dont like it — thats 100% fine!

      but when others watch it, and like the message(unity, honesty, etc) then that is not stupidity.

      perhaps this is what you are missing: just because a person likes an ad TODAY doesnt mean he will will vote THREE MONTHS FROM NOW on the basis of that ad alone!

      but it is OK, to judge– and like– the ad on its own merits and limitations.

      • BongV says:

        perhaps this is what you are missing: just because a person likes an ad TODAY doesnt mean he will will vote THREE MONTHS FROM NOW on the basis of that ad alone!

        But, empirical observations also show – IT CAN HAPPEN. 

      • Filo says:

        perhaps this is what you are missing: just because a person likes an ad TODAY doesnt mean he will will vote THREE MONTHS FROM NOW on the basis of that ad alone!

        But, empirical observations also show – IT CAN HAPPEN.

        which is why politicians and his campaign “friends” invest big money into these substance-free ads.

      • Filo says:

        Correction: “… which is why politicians and THEIR campaign friends invest big money into these substance-free ads.”

  7. Sienna says:

    Vblogging for noynoy?! it is too sosyal totoo lang. no personal touch.

    Maybe this videos is where he is famous at in the world of VBLOGGING.

    watch this, indeed an eye opener.

  8. Maia says:

    Just to add…

    I’m one of those who would also want the platform written down. For some people, it’s easier for them to understand things just by listening (auditory learners) and for others, it’s much easier for them to understand something when it’s written down and they can see actual text (visual learners).

    Not everything I hear can get filtered into my brain and processed, I need to see the words with my own eyes and recite them over and over again in my head so I can understand. Noynoy should be able to cater to these types of people, too. Vblogs are, in fact, one of the internet trends I avoid. Because of the many trolls on Youtube who make pointless vblogs (rants), it leaves a rather foul taste in my mouth when I come across one. You see so many prepubescents (and I’ve seen girls as young as 10) making vblogs and knowing that a presidential candidate is actually making one too sort of makes my expectations of him fall shorter than they already have.

    Tama na ang vblogs, pwede bang isulat na rin?

    • benign0 says:

      The reason vblogs are popular with the youth is because they don’t take much concentration to produce (short attention spans are a trait more commonly associated with young people).

      At the end of the day, the written work is still tops in terms of density of the knowledge it contains and the deeper structuring of knowledge and information it makes possible.

      You can see it in movie adaptations of books. The movies may be visually stunning but they will always be pale shadows of the book they were based on in terms of the depth and breadth of the actual information they convey.

      • Filo says:

        Perhaps the decision to use vlogs should tell us what Aquino’s campaign advisers think of his target audience/voters and how they should be spoken to. If you’re seen as juvenile, you’ll be spoken to with a condescending mind but a patronizing face. If you’re seen as an adult, the delivery of the message would be tailored accordingly.

  9. Eddie says:

    Sana manalo si NoyNoy sa eleksyon, for me, siya ang the best candidate.

    • BenK says:

      Since you made exactly the same comment verbatim on two different posts on this website, I’ll assume that you are either paid by the Aquino campaign to go around and do that sort of thing, or you are just so personally committed that you are doing it on your own. If your situation is the former case, there’s no point in discussing it with you, but if it is the latter, then you should be able to share with us why you believe NoyNoy “siya ang the best candidate”.

      If that’s your honest belief and you hope to convince others to see the value of it, explain why.

  10. res ipsa says:

    of course noynoy will win, it’s just a matter of vigilance and perseverance. protect the ballot and spread the word.

    • Rin says:

      A matter of vigilance and perseverance of what? Maintaining the aura of blissful ignorance among the general public in the hopes that Noynoy can breeze through the elections with nothing but the goodwill the masses feel towards his parents and with no general platform to speak of?

      • BenK says:

        That seems to be the plan so far, no? The LP has actually got a platform (one that is highly debatable, true, but a platform all the same), but you’d never know it listening to their candidate.

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