Why the idiotic “Laban” slogan still dominates Philippine Opposition rhetoric

Calling for a laban or “fight” is easy. You can see how easy it is by observing any schoolyard brawl. “Bakla ka raw sabi ni Totoy. Payag ka?” “Kalabitin mo sa titi”. “Siga ka ba? Di ka naman papalag.” Filipinos then grow up, leave the schoolyard, then go on to apply the same childish mentality […]

Except for one little detail, journalism and literary fiction are THE SAME BANANA

According to Maria Ressa in a tweet, “journalists shine the light”. She was very likely referring to the lofty position in the knowledge food chain she imagines her profession occupies — the be-all beacon of everything that is “true” in the Philippines, the “journalism” profession. Of course we all need to be reminded, having said […]

Ellen Tordesillas of Vera Files bares lack of guiding definition for “fake news” to “fact check” Facebook!

Some shocking revelations came to light during a televised discussion about the recently-implemented “partnering” of social media giant Facebook with Rappler and Vera Files. Under this “partnership” Rappler and Vera Files will be “fact checking” what Filipinos share over Facebook which utterly dominates social media activity in the Philippines thanks to exclusive “free data” (unmetered […]

Facebook users should be left to decide what is fake and what is authentic

When Rappler CEO Maria Ressa announced what was supposed to be a momentous “partnering” of her “social news network” and Vera Files with social media giant Facebook to “fact check” Filipinos’ social media activities, she was probably expecting to be lauded as a “hero” in the world’s “fight” against disinformation. Instead, the opposite has happened. […]

Rappler “fact checking” partnership with Facebook is turning into a FIASCO

No matter what they do, the Opposition led by the Liberal Party cannot wash the yellow stain off their Yellowtard brand. Despite many rallies organised and many “reminders” to “wear white” in those rallies, the Opposition will, in the eyes of the majority of Filipinos, remain as Yellow as day-old piss. Branding, after all, is […]

Facebook could now be effectively operating as a FOREIGN media operation in the Philippines!

Now that Facebook is in bed with Rappler and Vera Files an important question needs to be raised: Is Facebook now acting like a media operation in the Philippines? A foreign one? It is an important question to mull over because under Philippine law, media organisations are barred from being invested in by foreign entities. […]

Rappler turns Facebook into a mainstream news outlet by becoming its “fact checker”

Nowadays, very few people will argue against the reality that mainstream news media organisations are suffering a double-edged crisis of relevance and public trust. Newspapers, conventional broadcast news, and, now, even the websites of news organisations are no longer the go-to media outlets of the average information consumer. And with the utter domination of users’ […]

A post-Facebook world

Like Bill Gates back in the turn of the century, the world’s biggest man of the hour, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, is having his day on the grill. And like Gates back then, how he spends his time under the microscopes of monopoly busters, privacy advocates, and even conspiracy theorists will be a test of […]