Vote with your remote!

I was reading rafterman‘s insightful piece on the Wowowee idiocracy that goes by the name “the Philippines” and it suddenly hit me that the real election that we really need to have in our sad society does not involve selecting our politicial leader. Indeed, the nature of the whole debate that underpins this year’s elections fails to live up to the whole point of a democratic election: selecting a leader. Instead, what we have been seeing is not an election where people vote for a leader but one where people vote against someone.

The moronic tagline that continues to stick like a stubborn barnacle to the vacuous sensibilities of the Philippine electorate is the whole good-versus-evil spiel. Through a clever play into the victim mentalities of a people with a strong tradition of exhibiting an utter inability to take control over their own destinies, the incumbent president, Gloria Arroyo, and her administration have been made into the Evil Empire over years of substance-deficited drivel delivered by a handful of our societies influential demagogues.

As such the supposed “hope” for a new Philippines (that drivel I mentioned above) came in many different forms over those years — new incarnations of People Power “revolutions”, impeachment movements, and various rallies, mass gestures, statements, petitions, and their accompanying symbols and icons all aiming to express “indignation” or “solidarity” against one “evil” or another. The way the people behind these moronisms presumed to wield some kind of moral authority to classify the good and the evil was and IS breathtaking. Their success all but made the branding of these different thrusts or labans against the Evil Empire as standing for the “Good”, the “Righteous”, and the “Brave” a walk in the park.

With that in mind, step back from all the noise of today’s national “debate” and take stock. With just three months until the next presidential election and the so-called “official” beginning of the campaign period, it is quite plain to see that there is nothing about what any of the candidates claim to stand for that points to any real prospect of change in this sad country of ours. For one thing, those much promised platforms (at the quality recommended) haven’t been published. Second, and as a direct consequence of the first, there is nothing that describes what the Philippines of 2016 is envisioned to look like. Sure, six years is too far ahead to look, specially for a people who can’t plan their way out of a paper bag; but it doesn’t hurt to have a vision. Having a plan is what sets apart the executives from the mere administrators, and having a vision is what sets apart true leaders from mere executives.

Of course we know that. Trouble is the electorate, our politicians, and their distinguished cadre of demagogues don’t — which is why the sameness of just about every Philippine election decade in and decade out has simply gone banal.

So if selecting a leader is not really the sort of election the Filipino needs, what sort of election does she need?

Simple.

I propose we focus more on electing our Media.

As the rafter-meister pointed out, what really exerts the most influence on the vacuous minds of our intellectually-bankrupt society is the Media. Variety shows like Wowowee routinely reward stupid behaviour, telenovelas glamourise victimisation, Philippine cinema so effectively stigmatise wealth, and news programs like Bandila turned packaging tragedies and disasters into colourful eye-candy into a science.

As I wrote in my book;

[…] the fact remains that between the Filipino masses and the captains of the entertainment industry, it is the latter โ€“ the producers, studio owners, and artists โ€“ who are in a position to be agents of change. This is a bit of an idealistic expectation and a stretch given that we have just about entrusted cultural leadership to private enterprise.

So now, which institution do you now think is in a better position to effect change? The Office of the President? Or the Philippine Media? In a sense we have the power to elect both. We elect presidents with the ballot and we elect our Media with our remotes.

Consider how easy it is to twist the arm of the Philippine Media then. All one needs to do is elect to change the channel, stop watching their lame movies, and routinely call out the stupid inanities written by our esteemed journalists. It’s certainly far less distruptive than electing presidents. And you get more bang for your vote with your remote.

So let’s get out there and elect whatever presidential bozo we want to elect. Keep in mind that at the end of the day, there is no convincing evidence of a strong causal relationship between who is president and the probability that our sad society will prosper. But the quality of our Media products and the effect these have on the Filipino Mind does!

So go where the bang is bigger for your buck:

Vote with your remote!

Get this election over with. Elect some bozo to that lucrative seat in Malcanang and get over it. The real election worth our buck is being glossed over because it involves the very source of livelihood of the very people who contribute mightily to the intellectual stunting of our society.

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69 Responses to Vote with your remote!

  1. Conyo says:

    Benign0,

    Correct diagnosis of the problem. But as for the solution–change the channel–that, my friend, is easier said than done. When I watch the Discovery Channel, my yaya complains and wants to watch Eat Bulaga instead. You see, even when there is an alternative, many Pinoys will not take it. So is government supposed to control what is to be broadcast to the masses? Of course not, for that borders on dictatorship. Been there. Done that. Although I am sure some people would find the idea appealing (a young person in FV comes to mind).

    And then there is the argument that if the public demands intelligent programming then it will exist (to fill the market demand). But how can a public demand intelligent programming when it is mostly uneducated to begin with? Its like a chicken and the egg scenario–which comes first? How exactly are we to make the masses WANT to watch the Discovery Channel instead of Wowowee? Can you imagine a Philippines without a noontime show filled with sexy dancers? That noble dream is within the realm of possibility but it won’t be happening any time soon, my friend.

    (note: I am just using Discovery Channel as an example. It can be any other show more informative than Wowowee—and there are many)

    See you at Starbucks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • HsingTao says:

      Thats why the solution does not lie in the Government. The solution lies in the people. A change in man like what Gordon said.

    • Conyo says:

      Your statement is correct, of course. But the implementation of said “change” is where the heart of the matter or argument will be.

      The problem is always in the details. Let us take a closer look into Wowowee and Eat Bulaga. On the surface, it seems like a mindless show. But with closer inspection, they are using very powerful human motivators to hook the masses in: Sex (sexy dancers, beautiful people), Humor (self explanatory), and Money (prizes).

      How do you compete with Sex, Humor and Money? You really cant. The best thing you can wish for is that the audience “grows up” and decides to spend their time on more meaningful pursuits—this won’t happen anytime soon.

      See you at Starbucks ๐Ÿ™‚

      • HsingTao says:

        The people of Olongapo were like your regular Wowowee addicts but Richard Gordon changed their mindsets from people wanting handouts into people working for their own progress.

      • Conyo says:

        I suppose we know who you are going to vote for ๐Ÿ™‚

        But again, chicken and egg problem. You need a “Gordon” to educate the people BUT you need an educated people to vote a “Gordon” into office to …. educate the people.

        Remember Roco?

        There is always a good candidate but …. this is like the movie Groundhog Day???

        See you at Starbucks ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Kahlil says:

        i don’t think gordon, gibo, nor nikki will be able to do that. and i bet nonoy won’t allow that at all. just shoot your TV or you yaya. and while you’re at it, shoot the chicken and the egg. it’s gonna be a long hard road till we get there. and you’re right, not in our lifetime.

        independent cinema has more chances to foster change but only till we figure out how to monetize those materials coming off cinemalya and other indie-festivals. alternative distribution comes to mind. otherwise, it’s gonna be another brain-drain in that field.

      • BongV says:

        Kahlil:

        do you have any info/contacts about pinoys who are into socially relevant indie content – something that approaches Slum Dog Millionaire in content?

        though my source of “indie” entertainment at this point is youtube – clips of Fil-Am standups like Edwin San Juan, Ron Josol, Jo Koi, Rex Navarrette – with dashes of Russell Peters, Carlos Mencia, George Carlin, and Dave Chappelle from time to time.

        News coverage by John Stewart and Stephen Colbert. ๐Ÿ™‚

        A li’l but of UFC/MMA, a li’l StarGate-SG1 and Eureka on the syfy channel, there’s also Pimp My Ride – the HBO channels, Nat Geo, the History Channel, the Military Channel – there’s so much to see.

        I’ve seen a lot of Fil-Am households here in the US who, despite the diversity of channels in their cable TV package – have the TV set glued to the TFC channel to watch Wowowee or Kapuso – whenever I get to visit one of these households it becomes an agony to hold my tongue and blurt.. this is so frakking jolog ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Conyo says:

        Kahlil,

        Nice to meet another REALIST ๐Ÿ™‚

        But I can’t shoot my yaya. She makes great pinakbet.

        See you at Starbucks ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Kahlil says:

        @conyo: i shot my TV because i didn’t have a yaya a long time ago. and i go to Second Cup; they serve breakfast

        @bongV: i’ve been out of circulation in pinas for the last 4 years so i don’t have that many contacts. teng mangansakan has a movie coming up under cinemalaya which sounds interesting. he’s a documentarist mostly dealing with maguindanao peoples and the muslim faith.
        i’ve seen a couple of movies that ask some hard questions; Namets (Bacolod) http://bit.ly/cRCTsl and Confessional (Cebu) http://bit.ly/cJgXNL are great! very entertaining despite some technical flaws here and there. i’ve been tracking down one more movie that came out off bacolod about ‘an aswang in the family’. i’m sure there are more movies out there i suppose but they seem to be under-promoted. it’s a shame really; makes me want to do something about it.

        as for my own entertainment, i stick to DVDs. i’ve stopped watching TV since 2000

    • Indeed, a chicken and egg scenario.. But I also believe that “if you build it, they will come”..

      I think the challenge is how to compete with mainstream media.. I am sure everyone here is lamenting the state of Phil. media and would use their remote if there is an alternative.

      • benign0 says:

        Hey LP, you’re actually living proof of the proverbial David facing the proverbial Goliath. Mainstream Media and its minions — the Establishment Bloggers — are the Beasts that are lazily standing in the way of our march to enlightenment.

        Facing it starts with at least presenting alternatives as Sentro ng Katotohanan and many others out there are doing; i.e. begging to differ and challenging popular sentiment by exposing traditional and ingrained but utterly flawed thinking.

    • Synbios says:

      Conyo, had I been in your position – with said yaya asking if I can change the channel to Eat Bulaga, I’d answer this: “Ate, maniwala ka sa akin – mas tatalino ka pa kung eto nalang papanoorin natin”… while watching Cartoon Network.

      • Conyo says:

        I think my tastes and preferences on the consumption of media were determined mostly by my upbringing. That is why I am skeptical if an adult raised in a very different manner and environment can be “re-programmed” into rejecting the family staple.

        But with the Net breaking down the walls of television, it will be interesting to see how the average Pinoy’s viewing habits will change once Broadband access becomes widespread.

        See you at Starbucks ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. ChinoF says:

    One key word here is “illusion.” It’s one reason people have these overly expensive fiestas. They also stretch their credit cards and loan like crazy just to bring out so much food for the fiestas – that only goes to rot later on. People eat food that should be banned for them and they get heart attacks during these fiestas. But does anyone care? They don’t because of the illusion it gives them. The illusion of plenty… which is soon broken when they get to real life.

    That’s the media capitalizes on – illusion. They give the illusion that someone’s there to help the poor even if they don’t help themselves. Thus, media is one great corrupter of the values of people. I encourage you to look up the Century of the Self documentary on Youtube. It explains how media has evolved to be a manipulator of the masses.

    How do you compete with Sex, Humor and Money? I think you can… it’s pretty obvious that Sex, Humor and Money leads to broken families and idiots staying squatters for life. Just wake them up to it. Heck, even my barber knows that. I told him about changing to parliamentary government and he agreed with it. There are people among the poor who know how to get real. We need to help them be influential.

    So what’s one step…. just shut your TVs off when Wowowee is on! I got so pissed at home that I banned the watching of TV. No more Wowowee for anyone here. Santino’s over anyway. haha

    • Conyo says:

      Chino,

      I admire your optimism.

      But I’ll bet money that the poor masses wont GET REAL in my lifetime (I’m in my 30’s).

      See you at Starbucks ๐Ÿ™‚

      • ChinoF says:

        I’m also in my 30s. I guess I guess I’m like Noynoy supporters. Just as they hope that electing Noynoy will fix everything, I hope that even poor Pinoys will get real. But I’ll stay optimistic.

        Maybe you should get a new yaya who could appreciate Discovery Channel. I’m sure there is one. hehe

  3. scottie says:

    That’s why we have to get out of starbucks and educate people at least in this election.
    Maybe, bribe them in voting Gordon. i don’t know. we have to cut the cycle.

    • Conyo says:

      I can’t Scottie. My self worth is based upon hanging out at Starbucks and showing off my I-Phone filled with tons of useless apps (its like a penis extender).

      See you at Starbucks ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. homer says:

    If only I had the same remote Adam Sandler used in “Click”…..then we can talk.

    Until that happens, Pinoys in general are stuck on local programming, even with a cable tv subscription. To them, the Superbowl is a chinese resto, and the Presidential race is down to only 2 or 3 people.

    Direct to the point, we’re pretty much f**ked…..and the media will never change as long as people continue to view their crap. They both have to change, and I just don’t see it happening. Screw hope!

  5. ka fredo says:

    Water finds it level right? I bet that if all pinoys had access to cable channels, they’d watch shows like American Idol and their ilk. Hmm. Maybe what we need to break local media’s hold on the pinoy mind is to give them free cable. Then the poor would see how other countries are progressing and compare their own situation. At the very least they start learning English again. The local stations have been dumbing down everything by translating a lot of shows to Tagalog. Probably because they want to keep their audience stuck to their Tagalog only stations.

    • ka fredo says:

      Water finds it’s own level, I mean.

    • Synbios says:

      Personally, though, I think it’s less of language choice and more of content relevancy. And, having spent the majority of my life watching foreign channels, I doubt that I would see improvement. I mean, seriously, would you want your teenagers watching shows like The Bachelor/ette, and expect them to have a better understanding on the dynamics of love and romance?

      • ka fredo says:

        I consider it an improvement if the typical pinoy poor started watching the shows you mentioned. We need a way to make people learn English again, even if it is from a scripted reality show. These shows will at least introduce new ideas, it is up to them to decide to accept or discard it.

      • Synbios says:

        Certainly, an inflow of new ideas is always a good thing. The problem is that, from experience with the many people I’ve seen, and from our history of Filipino ‘culture’, we are prone to do away with filtering good and bad traits. Consider the negative traits that we’ve inherited from Spanish rule.

        Consider said ‘scripted reality show’. That, by itself, is already an oxymoron. Few of these ‘typical pinoy poor’ would stop and consider the small nuances that would quite likely divorce the ‘reality’ from the reality show, regardless if it’s aired from the US or the Philippines. For instance, let’s take The Bachelor/ette. Why DOES one particular girl/guy win? Was it because of his/her charisma? Was it because s/he understood the bachelor/ette a lot more than the other contestants? Or was it because s/he had better ‘assets’? Or maybe they are all just puppets of puppets, playing the emotions of the audience the same way the scriptwriters tinker with the ‘plot’.

        But unfortunately, none of that matters to the Filipino viewer. Just like a sponge, everything around the world, from the good to the bad, from the gems to the detritus, everything is absorbed into our culture without careful thought or consideration of the consequences.

        The result? Our current situation.

        Just a minor disclaimer: I have an unbiased hatred towards reality shows, so this might be the reason why I am ranting.

    • Conyo says:

      It is in the younger Pinoys were things will get interesting for they shall have access to all the TV and Movie content they could possibly want through the Net. Once Broadband becomes widespread, I wonder, will they begin to ignore inferior Pinoy TV shows and just go straight to Hulu/Youtube/Torrent?

      See you at Starbucks ๐Ÿ™‚

      • homer says:

        If we are talking about the majority of younger Pinoys who don’t have instant access to a computer, I wanna see first how many of them would finally understand the meaning of the word “broadband”.:)

      • Conyo says:

        I suppose that’s my upper class ignorance at work ๐Ÿ™‚

        When I said “Once Broadband becomes widespread”. When will that happen? 10, 20, 30 years? We shall see.

        See you at Starbucks ๐Ÿ™‚

      • ka fredo says:

        @Synbios, English language “scripted reality” shows are better than afternoon game shows for purposes of educating poor pinoys. Baby steps first. Maybe after the Bachelorette level shows they could try watching the Apprentice.

      • Parallax says:

        @synbios: i prefer Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Eumorpho Lakas Tao. i dunno why i blurted those out, but they’ll always be better than wowowee.

  6. Kahlil says:

    whoops! call that double click… pc too slow?

  7. benign0 says:

    @ ka fredo, that is what government stations are for. They are supposed to provide educational content and public service programs that are not commercially viable to broadcast in the private sector. They are supposed to provide the balance against the braincell killers being aired on for-profit networks like ABS-CBN and GMA. The Australian Broadcasting Corporation for example airs a show called Mediawatch which provides the kind of third-party critique and scrutiny of private media publications and broadcasts that is missing in the Pinas (allowing these Pinoy Media taipans free rein to air their moronic shows and broadcast their hearsay “news”).

    If the Cultural Center of the Philippines held office in the CCP Complex back in the 70’s, the cultural centre of the Philippines in the 21st Century is now situated in Quezon City in the executive suites of ABS-CBN and the GMA Network.

    That is the challenge in the second decade of the new millenium. A Noynoy Aquino presidency will pretty much turn the Philippine Presidency into a useless white elephant so there is no point in dwelling on that office after this election. But if there is a reform campaign to be waged, I see this as one that now lies in the battle for control over the content that fills the void that is Da Pinoy Mind. And at the moment, this is territory that is in the grip of the Philippine Media.

    If Platform Plez was seen to be the pipe dream that it was back in mid 2009, look at the debate today. Platform is now a buzzword at an unprecedented scale. So it is quite ironic that Mr. Conyo now ascribes to this next challenge of pulling the rug from under the feet of Big Philippine Media these words:

    But as for the solutionโ€“change the channelโ€“that, my friend, is easier said than done. When I watch the Discovery Channel, my yaya complains and wants to watch Eat Bulaga instead.

    Isn’t that what people said about Platform Plez eight months ago?. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    It’s gonna be hard of course. Specially with an entire generation of half-parented OFW kids growing up who will take over the country someday.

    Vote with your remoteโ„ข kids! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Conyo says:

      Mr Benign0,

      I don’t think the masses are going to vote for our candidates because of their “platforms”. Perhaps the educated people here are, but the majority still vote on personalities–not platforms.

      If you think otherwise, then you need to GET REAL ๐Ÿ™‚

      Again, I am thinking that you are a romantic.

      See you at Starbucks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Conyo says:

      And if I may add…

      Just look at FV, lots of “educated” people there. But look at their blogs. They support Noynoy on this presumed superior character trait. What about the platforms? If you ask them, they will give you the platform but you know that’s not the REAL reason they are for Noynoy. Barriosiete? Reynz? Do they REALLY care about the platforms? C’mon, Antipinoy is a very rare exception indeed.

      Although I admire your efforts to raise awareness on Platform, you have to admit that the “intelligent” Pinoy Blogosphere is probably less than 1% of the population.

      So I hate to sound negative Benign0. But I am a cold and hard business/numbers man. I am as GET REAL as it gets. I am your extremist pupil ๐Ÿ™‚

      See you at Starbucks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • ka fredo says:

      @benign0

      Sadly those channels are also subject to “Vote with your Remote”. We really need another way to encourage pinoys to think critically. Pinoy TV is just so full of noise.

    • ChinoF says:

      I go for Vote With Your Keyboard over Vote with your remote. The Internet is much more sensible for me… plus you can control the content that you actually watch. Except for Youtube I guess. hehehe.

  8. Filo says:

    I really like this post, benigs. Just dropped by. Got something I gotta finish tonight. Will jump in again real soon.

  9. Grace says:

    i guess, ppcrv can be also right na dapat mag leave muna ang mga artista habang campaign period..
    Noynoy Aquino has a lot of endorser na halata naman wala din mga supported advocacy or anything has to do with public service, kung meron lang kailan lang… sikat lang talaga sila kaya si noynoy sumika na rin. channel 2 and other popular will surely rake money.. hence kung naka-leave ang mga atista.. mas makikita natin ang tunay na galing ng mga presidentiable.. yun eh kung meron galing si noynoy.

    well sa mga kulelat jamby has no celeb.endorer na pabor sa kanya if ever matuloy nga ang balak ng PPCRV.
    see this post how jamby climbs in her own way: http://goodmorningclass.wordpress.com/2010/02/09/jamby-im-a-vegetarian/

  10. Anne Boleyn says:

    Filipinos won’t stop watching these damned telenovelas. It’s deeply ingrained in their systems that watching telenovelas give them hope. God, whatever happened to working hard? Should it take a telenovela before you realize that being lazy won’t do you anything?

  11. ilda says:

    Philippine media is the evil empire that puts almost everyone’s mind into a catatonic state. We should totally annihilate it! I can’t believe the Catholic Church doesn’t do anything about these shows. Baka nanunuod din yung mga pari ng sexy shows ๐Ÿ™‚

    When I grow up (read: when I get my hands on a room full of cash and have enough funds, hehe) and become a filmmaker, I will be the female version of James Cameron in the Philippines. I will make films like Titanic but of course it will be based on the sinking vessels of the Philippines and highlight all the marine disasters that happen every year. I know you hate Titanic Benigs and still think that Saving Private Ryan should have won the Oscar that year but a film about a sinking vessel needs to be done in the Philippines, hahaha.

    Busy day today sir, working on my next article.

    See you around ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Conyo says:

      Ilda,

      You can make a movie about the Dona Paz. The love story angle goes like this: a middle class Ateneo intellectual falls in love with a beautiful lady who, unfortunately, belongs to a dynastic family not approving of the match. Their plan is to marry her off to this rich American named JOE.

      So the young lovebirds elope, getting an “economy class” ticket with the Dona Paz. But before they reach the guy’s hometown, tragedy strikes as the ship collides with the MT Vector. He saves her from drowning but exhausted, he is unable to keep afloat. Before drowning, he says, “Ilda, don’t lose hope. Blog about me…”

      See you at Starbucks ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ilda,

      Sadly the Catholic Church does not seem to see the value (evil) of mass media.. Or perhaps they don’t just know how to do business.. The INK, the El Shaddai, the Ang Dating Daan, Quiboloy and Villanueva all have bigger mass media budgets.. Ang Dating Daan’s UnTV now has their own news team..

      When I grow up (read: when I got tons of money), I would buy one TV channel, AM and FM radio stations and a newspaper and compete with ABS-CBN and GMA.. BTW, that is just what Manny Pangilinan did buying TV5, DreamFM and Busineworld (no AM radio yet) some months back.. Perhaps we can vote Manny Pangilinan with our remote (we still have to see)?

      • ilda says:

        Well, I hope Manny Pangilinan use them for the good all his fellowmen. At the end of the day, it’s still profit they are after especially if he has investors/partners that bought those companies with him.

        Sigh…we can only hope we both find that bag of money soon so we can work on our projects :).

    • yoseph says:

      Ilda,

      How do you expect the media like ABS-CBN get told off by the Catholic Church when they constantly kiss their holy asses?? May Bukas Pa is an example… it turned out to be nothing but the church’s mouthpiece and where all their “moral values” and other dogmatic bullshit gets channelled through. They’re allies, Ilda–allies in shrinking the already microscopic minds of da Pinoy.

      • ilda says:

        What a bunch of hypocrites. Life is not what it seems talaga. GMA is not so evil compared to what the media and it’s allies are doing to the people of the Philippines.

      • homer says:

        Ilda dear, you might wanna be careful with saying GMA is not so evil. You know naman how people (esp. your detractors) will be quick to suspect you of being pro-GMA, hehe.

        She stole an election (more than once, so we’re told). If that ain’t evil, you gotta agree with me that it’s worse than bad. I don’t even have to mention the other issues involving her to justify that.

      • ilda says:

        Homer, I meant that if it weren’t for the Phil media dumbing down the electorate, GMA and the rest of the corrupt politicians wouldn’t even get away with all their indiscretion. So, mas evil pa sila sa akin.

        Cheers

      • homer says:

        Ok, point taken.

        Not to downplay GMA’s level of “evil” (calling Romulo Neri), the media has been at it for a much longer time. Come to think of it, they’ve failed miserably as corruption watchdogs…but they sure are pretty good at sucking-up advertising revenues from the well-worn formulas they apply over and over again in the service of the Filipino. ๐Ÿ˜‰

      • yoseph says:

        Anti-GMA-ism has been already been part of the Pinoy diet. The media neglect others important news and issues in their airtime to give way for their anti-admin showbiz style reporting never mind they’re just as irrelevant such as the expensive dinner in US. And of course, the masa, the jologs and starbucks masa, enjoys this nitpicking–we love to be “outraged.” hehe. Keep up with the issues that surround chronic flooding during typhoons? Or investigate other Ampatuan-esque politicians in the country? Nahh.. the masa will rather keep their TV’s off until the next show, the telenovelas, begins.What we see right now perhaps is what they call the “investigative jounalism” in the “service” of da Pinoy.

        I don’t like GMA myself and I want her to be investigated re: election cheating, etc etc. But dang, the media, some bloggers, and “experts” have gone overboard and made a hobby or living out of it. OA na. No wonder why some candidate’s stand on GMA’s case which is to be neutral and to let the due process run its course ( what they are supposed to be and to do at all costs!) doesn’t appeal to the voters… thanks to the media.

  12. benign0 says:

    @ yoseph

    I donโ€™t like GMA myself and I want her to be investigated re: election cheating, etc etc. But dang, the media, some bloggers, and โ€œexpertsโ€ have gone overboard and made a hobby or living out of it.

    Spot on! People are trying to do a copycat of the whole Marocs Resign! campaign that sparked the Edsa “revolution” of 1986. The only difference is it took 3 years since Ninoy’s assassination to culminate in a revolt. In GMA’s case it’s beeing going on for six years and not much has happened other than a few flaccid ocho-ocho rallies.

    It’s like the jeepney. One nice (it wasn’t even great) one-off idea became a moronic addiction. Typical of the imagination-deficited society that we have.

    @ ka fredo

    Sadly those channels are also subject to โ€œVote with your Remoteโ€. We really need another way to encourage pinoys to think critically. Pinoy TV is just so full of noise

    Indeed it is. The key is to somehow implement a transformation in the fundamental tastes of Pinoys so that they somehow use their freedom to elect what they tune into wisely. It’s kind of like voter education. In this instance it is about educating consumers of cultural content acquired via mass media. Our media profiteers — like our politicians and their “parties” — merely reflect what their market and constituents demand. The approach must involve changing the nature of this demand.

  13. angela says:

    hey benigz ๐Ÿ˜‰ yes yes yes, vote with our remotes! such a campaign/advocacy will at least, for starters, if pursued seriously and relentlessly, make media practitioners sit up and listen. the media hate being criticized and blamed for anything, they think they’re doing as great a job as can possibly be done. time to hit them where it hurts. vacuous media = vacuous people.

    • benign0 says:

      Indeed, Ms Angela!

      I’m coming up with a homepage for the advocacy as I write this. Watch this space for announcements. Better yet, subscribe as a “fan” to our facebook page at…

      http://www.facebook.com/benign0

      … to get the latest updates! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • homer says:

        Ahh, a homepage for the advocacy. Sounds good. ๐Ÿ™‚

        My concern is how it would reach those who do not read (or know about) AP. They would have to understand why the media is being targeted. Here, we understand…needless to say. The large majority of voters see media as “watchdogs” more often than not…which is why they are clueless. We’ve got to win some hearts and minds in this uphill battle.

        Despite my long-held belief that the average Pinoy refuses to change, count me in for support.

        Better than nothing.

      • benign0 says:

        Well, the best we can always do is to try to influence those who are within our reach to communicate with. And hopefully those then communicate with their own circles and so on and so forth. Butterfly effect, kung baga. Each one of us has to do our part. Thanks for your support. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • … count me in. WE NEED JOURNALIST REFORMATION.

  14. benign0 says:

    Check it out folks!

    The homepage of the New Philippine Revolution for the second decade of the 21st Century!

    Vote with your remote!

    Check it out on its very own custom URL at:

    GetRealPhilippines.com/PhilippineMedia

    ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. Let us rid ourselves of these idiot peryodistas. MANY THANKS TO AMPATUAN.

  16. ka fredo says:

    I don’t see how killing journalists help uplift the Filipino intellect. Those were reporters on assignment, I doubt if they had editorial control of what their news papers print. IMHO more reporters are better to get more accurate views of the issues. Democracy needs people who report the news without bias. Target here are those who misuse news reporting for commercialized ends. I suggest you read the article again. Ampatuans wont exist in a society that thinks critically.

  17. Parallax / Ka Fredo … yeah, we needed peryodistas. They are also the cause of extreme dumbness of Filipinos. I learned a lot from on-line content of NYTimes, LATimes, Chicago Tribune, SFChronicle and others. It taughted me that ZTE invistigation was a total bungled invistigation from the very start. Check out Blagojevich scandal versus ZTE. Check out their reporting. I do not need to go into details check it out yourself. Oh, the Monica Lewinsky scandal, too. The American peryodistas already knew about Monica but all they got are tsismis. Were it here in the PHilippines it would have been splashed in the front pages. Lookit, Ara Mina and Pacquiao. ha!ha!ha!ha! PURE UNADULTERATED FOOLISHNESS BY IDIOT PERYODISTAS.

    Lookit, LoseZada’s jaunt in HK. Idiot peryodistas and foreign-educated ivy-school invistigating senators didn’t subpoena LoseZada’s hotel phonecalls who he called. Nor his cellphone carrier. IDIOT! IDIOT! IDIOT! And Flippers thoughted that invistigation was on the level because Flippers were impressed upon them that peryodistas are intellectual … ha!ha1ha1ha1ha1 …. INTELEKTUAL SA ILANG KAGARAL!!!!!!

    • Parallax says:

      you and i have the same sentiments on irresponsible, even incompetent journalism. while i am very much against violence directed towards journalists, yes they are in need of a re-education of how to do their job properly, cleanly, and ethically. that’s why i hate abscbn. they’re numero uno in biased news reportage.

  18. And these idiot peryodistas, all of them unfortunately, make a big deal out of their invistigatie journalism when their journalism is actually just pure simple reporting in America and Europe and in Timbukto, too in the middle of nowhere in Africa ….

    HAW HAW DE CARABAO YABANG ANG MGA OFLOK PERYODISTAS … They should teach english classes instead of writing columns …

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