Ambiguity and lack of intent – creative devices lost on Pinoys

For all the exposure that da Pinoys have to not only Western culture, but other Asian cultures, you would think that some of their more creative aspects, such as literary devices, would have rubbed off on them. Yet no, there remains a sizable part of the Pinoy population who remain imprisoned by their “heritage of smallness”, the inability to see the bigger picture, and their predilection towards finding offense in everything that they come across.

One such striking example we have recently come across is that of a commentator, by the name of “jong” from the Filipino Freethinkers, who made much ado about nothing in this portion of Ilda’s most recent write-up:

In the same manner, it is easy to judge Philippine President Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino by the way he treats his political enemies particularly former President and Pampanga Congresswoman, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA).

Commentator jong regarded the above statement as “tantamount to name calling”, and that it seems out of place with the finer points established in the article.

So how do ambiguity and lack of intent fit in?

It is clear and evident that BS represents the initials of our President’s first name. Somewhere along the line, our “dear leader”, developed an ability to spout statements and to do actions within the scope of his presidency that ultimately amounted to bullsh*t. So put them together, BS Aquino can mean Benigno Simeon Aquino, and/or Bullsh*t Aquino.

The thing with the “BS” moniker is that it is an acronym which is open to multiple interpretations. In short, it is ambiguous. The author did not exactly give any reason for wanting to use BS, not that she has to; it’s a literary device! Therefore, since the use of the acronym is ambiguous, it is impossible to definitively glean or infer exactly what the intent of the author was in using BS. In short, there is lack of intent/motive.

Ambiguous statements are useful when an author desires that the readers draw their own conclusions from the context. If one can noisily claim that the author’s intention was to emphasize the “bullsh*t” definition, then that’s the bias of the reader, not the author. The reader has no right to claim that that was the intention of the author because:

1) He/she didn’t write the article
2) He/she gravitated towards his/her own biases, but blamed the author for putting it in his/her head

What exactly is difficult about taking statements at face value anyway? Kind of hard to grasp for a Pinoy mind that chooses to judge and/or suspect instead one that seeks to understand or just accept, isn’t it?

Perhaps, if jong had asked what Ilda’s intentions were in using BS instead of telling her outright what he thought it was, then this “debate” would not have occurred.

If you claim to be free from the dogmatic thinking of religion yet you cannot overcome the inborn Pinoy predilection toward judgmental thinking, paranoia and pettiness, then exactly what is your thinking free from?!

No wonder our country remains Asia’s basket case. Because we imprison ourselves with such “small” and “unimaginative” thinking, we remain unable to “move on” while we’re being left behind by other people who didn’t “sweat the small stuff”.

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А вы, друзья, как ни садитесь, все в музыканты не годитесь. - But you, my friends, however you sit, not all as musicians fit.

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Fishball
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How about you become president and receive such awful criticism?

Amir Al Bahr
Guest

How about you stop missing the point for once, hmm?

And frankly, if people call him bullsh*t he deserves it. It’s all we’ve gotten from him. If he or anyone else like you is overly sensitive about criticism then don’t put yourselves in the firing line.

Gogs
Member
Kris, that’s the point. Your kuya can’t handle criticism though it’s part of the job. Oh yeah, instead of working , he occupied himself with Call of Duty so criticism is foreign to him. Look at his replies every time the surveys dip. Never seen him take criticism in stride. He has no grace. Like you when you pinata-ed by Joey Marquez. Good or bad you want attention. Crocodile tears. I would run for president and win except my mom is not famous but she is alive nor would I ever use her corpse as a trampoline into Malacanang like… Read more »
domo
Guest

Epic fail excuse vincensus ignoramus. Why? Will you gonna vote him in 2016?

Ilda
Admin

Here’s a columnist who used the initials “BS” in his article. It was even written in 2011:

BS Aquino III is not president?

jaks
Guest

blood sugar aquino

this post was great until (in true grp style) author managed to turn it into another bash piece against pinoys. please do not flatter jong by making him representative (mascot?) of the filipino people. filipino humor for example is full of double entendres and ironies…

Daido Katsumi
Guest

Only close-minded emo pricks would take it as a bash but this article is an mind opener if you ask me.

jaks
Guest

i did not expect you to understand. after all, the only literary technique you employ is wrong grammar

Daido Katsumi
Guest

Right and your only weapon of choice is sheer ignorance and blatant idiocy.

Fishball
Guest

The author wants us to be pro China and pro communism based for her articles.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

Contradiction. Noynoy is a pro-communist because he got an adviser in Ronald Llamas, who is a member of the leftist group Akbayan.

And hey, China isn’t a communist nation anymore. If anything, that’s North Korea. 😛

Gogs
Member

@FA, Fishball/ Kris gets that conclusion same place she gets all her conclusions. To quote Krusty the Clown ” Pulls it out of her a.a. a. Hey Kids!!!! ” .

Domingo Arong
Guest

Fallen Angel:

Google the following BS Aquino:

–BS Aquino National High School, Concepcion, Tarlac
–BS Aquino Drive, Bacolod City
–BS Aquino Avenue, Bagong Nayon, Baliuag, Bulacan
–BS Aquino Avenue, Mandurriao, Iloilo City
–Barangay BS Aquino Jr., Norala, South Cotabato,

I’ll probably stumble into a BS Aquino Barbershop later. Will let you know.

Legati
Guest

It could could also mean an interjection such as; “But Sire!” from one of his staff to get his attention since he is Royalty…..:-)

Trosp
Guest

@Fallen Angel

Kudos to your nice post.

Again, the issue is comprehension. Their comprehension.

BTW, I have in my FB Note this Penoy’s Obama-esque note.

Penoy was Noynoy then, suddenly, he became Pinoy during his presidential campaign.

Just like Obama. He was Barry Sotero then this Barack Obama’s name (and he does not want to have the “Hussein” in his name even up to present time).

“BS” Aquino…

For me he is Penoy or Benignoramus. That’s a name calling but calling himself Pinoy is also a name calling in my book.

Gogs
Member

I remember the campaign website of Noynoy Aquino having a whole bunch of campaign promises. I did a quick Google just now ” noynoy aquino campaign promises”. I did not see any url of any official Noynoy site reminding us of what he is accountable for. It’s like it swept under the rug. Sweeping under the rug and lack of accountability. Sounds like “BS” to me.

jaks
Guest

here sir

http://noypipol.wordpress.com/2009/11/28/noynoy-aquino-platform/

flowery words and generalities but there is some sense there somewhere

btw gogs, i understand you’re a podcast junkie. can you recommend your favorite sports ones? i am a fan of dan patrick show and the stephen a smith/ryan ruocco show. thanks.

Gogs
Member

The Thundering Herd , Dan Patrick, John Madden, Scot Van Pelt, NFL Rants and Raves, NFL Now with Coach Sal and Johnny Von, BS Report

brianitus
Guest

Is the page on ABS-CBN still up? I remember seeing a checklist of promises before. It’s kind of like a progress report on EACH promise.

Hyden Toro
Guest

No matter what you say, we have become Wowoowee people. We already degenerated to YellowTards. Most of us, are watching senseless Telenovela. We listen to the “good” advises of Kris Aquino, on Kris TV. Boy Abundia is also our source of good advises. So, I’m not surprised, if we elected a barely literate Senator, like Lapid…and a President with questionable sanity and competence, like Noynoy Aquino…

Daido Katsumi
Guest

Thank God for cable. I didn’t watch much ABS-CBN nowadays.

Gogs
Member

Lots do though and it shows.

ahehe
Guest

Tetay’s ads also air on Cable TV.

jaks
Guest

variety shows, showbiz talk shows and soap operas are the highest rated programs in all countries. because people watch to be entertained. in the US, jersey shore and dancing with the stars are tops.

try again hyden. try harder. think.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

Hey, troll. You’re missing Hyden’s point. At least those kind of shows are much better compared to the most Filipino shows same formula in that keeps us feeding in our mouths for years. Not to mention telenovelas. Even their talk shows and variety shows in the US is much better compared here.

Try again jaks. Try harder. THINK, NOT TROLL.

Oh, I watch Game of Thrones. 😀

jaks
Guest

why would say they are better? did you watch them all? hehehe the point is in all countries the no. 1 rated show is always these kinds of programs. people want to relax and be entertained when they watch tv. but how can you grasp the point if you are preconditioned to discriminate against anything filipino.

i will not discriminate against anyone who chooses to indulge in such programs once in a while. everyone has their own guilty pleasure. but i dont expect you to understand its ok.

Daido Katsumi
Guest
@jaks: What I’m saying is all about the QUALITY. I mean, there is such things like Wowowee types in other countries. And the Filipino entertainment industry nowadays sucked compared to the last 50 years so we get a lot of Filipino shows and films that are nothing but full of remakes, too much drama, force-fed comedies and stuff. And who’s the target audience? It’s the masa people! Onli in da Pilipins. 😛 I’m not discriminating anything Filipino. Because that’s what it shows: MEDIOCRITY. And Filipinos are bad copycats; the second Panday film (which it ripped off many parts from the… Read more »
Daido Katsumi
Guest

And… there is not much Wowowee-esque programs in other countries unlike here. Don’t tell me that you’re a Wowowee guy!

Try again, troll. Try harder. THINK. I pity morons who love to glorify squatter mentality and that was evident on your troll posts. 😛

Gogs
Member

So jaks, you really think the people screaming in the studio audience over lame dancing and O.A. Put wowwowwee in perspective? Ok , let’s differ there

Gogs
Member

You do understand that people like Jersey Shore precisely because they are morons, trashy and vain. Most of the audience for that do not view it the way pinoys love Wowwowweee etc. With awe filled reverence.

jaks
Guest

awe filled reverence? this is a stretch its just entertainment

Daido Katsumi
Guest

@jaks: Flawed, distorted entertainment.

aaaaa
Guest

“awe filled reverence? this is a stretch its just entertainment”

When I read, “awe-filled reverence,” the ULTRA Stampede comes into mind. You know, that incident where people died in a stampede that happened because people got too impatient and wanted to get into Wowowee that badly? I’d classify that as “awe-filled reverence”.

Gogs
Member

@aaaaa thank you! It’s moronic entertainment made by morons for morons who are too moronic to know what is in front of them is moronic. What’s scary is those people vote. Fishball/ Kris and Jaks and mean to tell me you don’t see the relationship between the moronic tv shows that rate high and the morons elected to office? Sorry Kris I forgot you are one of the morons who make moronic entertainment.

benign0
Admin

Typical. Once they realise they’re out of their depth, magpapatawa na lang.

aaaaa
Guest

@Gogs

Anytime. It’s depressing to know that this kind of entertainment, a game show, no less, got people killed. Quite embarrassing, as well.

Hyden Toro
Guest

Who cares…we all have morphed into YellowTards already…

Fishball
Guest

Many are bashing ABS CBN here, here is a fact about the broadcast corp:

ABS CBN is Number 1
in overall
Kantar NATIONWIDE TV
ratings, Local Box Office
Movie Charts, Local Music
Album Productions, sold out live concerts, other
multimedia platforms,
patronized artists and
many more.
Others say they are
number one in AGB Nationwide TV ratings
AND THAT’S IT.

So whether you like it or not, you still watch. Lumabas na si Black Lily kahapon sa Walang Hanggan.

Daido Katsumi
Guest

The fact is that ABS-CBN was owned by the Lopez family, who are allies with the Aquino-Cojuangco clan. And that’s why they’re BIASED. They’re not number 1 after all.

Good thing that I’ve watched GMA7. And cable. 😛

Gogs
Member

Very loyal to your Kuya Kris and of course very loyal to your employer. ABIAS CBN is a name that does not come lightly. Imagine Holy Week 2010 before election, breaks holy week tradition and shows movie of your parents love story. Abuse of public air waves Kris. They are a lot like you . Word rhymes with bore .

Gogs
Member

Typical Kris, we criticize Abs CBN on stupidity and bias and you counter with Something copy pasted from their website . A P R piece . Way to counter argue.

Anonymous
Guest

I don’t watch that crap FISHCRAP.
I prefer watching BETTER shows on CABLE TV.
Shows that are not stupid and doesn’t feature whores and attention whores like YOU.

It is a known fact that ABS CBN was the one that accused GMA7 of cheating the ratings just to cover up the OBVIOUS rigging of Wowowee.

Anonymous
Guest

So you watch that crap fishcrap? It is no wonder that you are always showing us how STUPID you are.

Bettet lay off watching channel 2 because it is becoming
clear that your brain is getting smaller because of their shitty and retarded shows.

ici
Guest

good article fallenangel

as i posted in ilda’s article, fact is, it’s not our fault dear leader’s initial is “bsc aquino”. it just is! why don’t jong complain to cory or ninoy for naming their kid that way. i agree, it’s the reader who puts meaning to it, and declares it name-calling.

jong
Guest
Hi Fallen “F” Angel. You’re right. Saying “Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino” in no way intends to prejudice the reader, whether explicitly or subliminally, against Noynoy as a bullsh*t president, because those letters happen to be part of his initials and that’s how we are supposed to refer to people, right? It’s not enough to simply call him BS Aquino, like what the Daily Tribune did in 2011; the initials should be emphasized by placing them under quotation marks right after spelling his given names: Benigno Simeon “BS” Aquino. Because initials are not supposed to be used for the convenience of… Read more »
trish
Guest

you can have a whole article about this also on your blog if you want to…

Gogs
Member

Just like Pete “Maverick” Mitchell.

Hugh
Guest

Darn. And all I ever thought was “BS” was “Balding/Single”. Leave it to the yellow herd to attach swear words to the mundane. *snicker*

Aegis-Judex
Guest

It could be worse… It might have been “Bading, Ser!”

Kekeke!

BUT I DIGRESS.

The Yellow Emperor does have a given name that lends to itself the Fun With Acronyms trope.

Suibon
Guest

Contrary to the pronouncements made here, the Filipino is not a literary savage; but try merely living and coping, and see if you can concentrate on enriching the Filipino language with literary devices.

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