The hypocrisy in the petition to shut down Mocha Uson’s Facebook page

A petition to suspend the Facebook page of Mocha Uson, a Filipino celebrity blogger and staunch supporter of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, is making the rounds. The Suspend Mocha Uson Blog Facebook Page on Change.org has, as of this writing, attracted almost 26,000 signatories with the following write up set to be “delivered” to Facebook. […]

Do “Gatekeepers” want Citizen Journalism Shot Down?

An interesting read I recently got was Media and Culture: Global Homogeneity and Local Identity by Rachel E. Khan. It has a chapter called Citizen Journalism and the Fall of Mass Media Hegemony, and it talks of how the Internet and other mass communication means allowed people to create their own posts, announcements and punditry […]

Are comments sections becoming a thing of the past?

Comments sections can be both a boon and a bane for online sites, whether they be news sites or blogs. In an ideal setting, the conversations and insights that can be derived from those who leave comments would be wholesome, respectful, decent, lucid, on-topic, and diverse. The ideal setting does not exist in today’s internet […]

Social media and the dismal state of Filipino activism and political commentary

Sad to say, Philippine “activism” hasn’t progressed much over the last several decades. The “movements” may have moved from the streets onto social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook, but the quality of the discourse has remained pathetically dismal. The venerable former blogger Dean Jorge Bocobo (DJB, a.k.a. @SagadaSun on Twitter), for example, has taken […]

How Keyboard Warriors Fail to bring Reform

After the recent Orlando shooting, social media was ablaze with debates and reaction. Gun control, the sources of hatred that lead to people becoming shooters and more were issues. But for me, the most pressing issue was how people, especially “keyboard warriors,” reacted to others who disagreed with them on the topic. One time, I […]

All Abuzz about the FA-50, Defense and China

A lot of controversy continues to hound the recent acquisition of weapons for the Philippine military, such as the FA-50 Golden Eagle trainer-light fighters for the Philippine Air Force, Hamilton-Class cutters, Tarlac-class landing platform dock and others for national defense. Of course, some call this a positive legacy of then-president BS Aquino III. If Marcos […]

The World has always been a Troll Society

Thanks to the Internet, we are not only able to communicate with other people around the world and share our views. We can also see what others share… and we balk and rage at some of the things we see. So here’s another thing the Internet affords us; we are now able to fling our […]