One thing that the campaign of popular candidate Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III achieved was to bring the nostalgia of 1980’s emo politics back to the future. I gotta admit that to be fair to the emos, the tactic worked on moi and I now find myself looking back as well. The thing I remember the most in the years from 1983 (when Noynoy’s daddy was assassinated) through 1986 (when Noynoy’s mommy became “President”) was our reliance on the foreign press for real news. Very nostalgic. I recall with fondness how my family regularly gathered around our coloured TV and Betamax stack to watch grainy videos of CNN broadcasts smuggled into the country (and copied and re-copied to within an iron atom of its analog magnetic tape life).
The 1980’s Philippine Media? Simple. All a bunch of thievin’ liars. Hey wait… What’s so different about the 21st Century Philippine Media? Hmmm…. consider this:
In the midst of a frenzy being mounted by the Forces of Primitivism to prop up the no-substance campaign of Noynoy Aquino the Third (literally!), guess what:
We find ourselves again not being able to trust the Philippine Media to deliver to us real news and real insight into The Truth.
Holy coming full circle Batman!
This is all evident in the recent string of expose’s here in AntiPinoy.com that all have a single common denominator — a comfy partnership between the Aquino Clan of Tarlac and the Philippine Media that is engaged in mass misguidance at an unprecedented scale.
Back in the days when Ferdinand Marcos ruled our sad islands nation, control over the media was absolute and explicit. You could almost see the Iron Hand of the Marcos Regime clamping down on the Media. As such one could, in principle, excuse the the errors of omission that were standard operating procedure in the TV programmes and newspapers of the time. People were kept on a need-to-know basis. And, hey, flawed as that doctrine might be, there was indeed less noise.
But see, the Philippine Media today is “free” (free being a word I shall qualify later). And this is precisely what makes the degree of misguidance that prevails in our society even more astounding. We see now that even without the explicit influence of active control coming from the State, the Media somehow still naturally gravitates back into the comfy bosom of the Oligarchy. I guess, to be fair, this is really what being a for profit enterprise is all about — hitching a ride on the money train. Fair enough. And this is where I, as promised, qualify the word “free” as I use it in the first sentence of this paragraph:
The Philippine Media today is “free” — free, that is, from explicit control. What we see today is a Philippine Media under the implicit control of the Philippine Oligarchy. Whereas back in the Marcos years, the Media was threatened with a reduction in its profitability at best (at worst being shut down completely), in today’s “free” society the Media is enticed with an enhancement of its profitability. Either way Big Media plays ball. Different motivation, same results. Media shareholders laugh all the way to the bank.