“I swear to goodness, you can’t resist her
Sorry for you, she has no sister
No angel could replace Nancy with the laughing face”
A song recorded by Francis Albert Sinatra
This is second time in a week that one tweet inspires a whole blog post. Full disclosure but I know that ifÂ @momblogger (Noemi Lardizabal-Dado) says she is trying to get a candidate’s take on the issues that she is indeed doing that. I have been asked to help and I also read tweets of people that do help her out in these events. Maybe it’s just me but if I was trying to sell myself as someone people can vote for, wouldn’t I be chompin at the bit to be giving people like Ms. Noemi whatever information she wanted about my campaign? To quote Maurice Chavez,Â Â let’s press the issue.
Things in any society rarely exist in a vacuum. American Idol has been showing for several years because that is what audiences want. The first two seasons of Game of Thrones exists because that is what people want. Willie Revillame is a constant presence on local television because he attracts viewers. One cannot comment on these things without commenting on the audiences that make these things possible or even necessary. Whatever you see in culture is a reflection of that culture or else it would not be there.
Don’t believe half of what you see
And none of what you hear
“Last Great American Whale”– Lou Reed
I feel Ms. Binay’s campaign team is not prioritizing her platform. If they did Momblogger would have had it weeks ago.Â A story from the ABS CBN websiteÂ describes Ms. Binay’s popularity puzzling.Â Even she can’t explain her own popularity in this video. Her father just stresses the obvious later on. It must be noted that the video is found on Rappler’s YouTube channel and Rappler may be perceieved as a Noynoy Aquino/ Liberal Party apologist. It’s campaign time people, when you see a certain point of view expressed always ask yourself what is behind it. Always keep in mind the phrase “taken out of context”.
My personal opinion? Everything we see is a result of what the audience wants. If the polls are to be believed, the audience wants political dynasties. Or at least a Binay dynasty. Look at who is president now. Was he better known in 2008 than Nancy Binay was in 2011? Do you remember the president’s platform? Did you remember him stating what makes him qualified to execute his platform? I only recall him stating that he is destined to be president.Â In that regard he was 100% right. It should be noted he never once said he was destined to be a good president. Candidate Noynoy also said that the Freedom of Information Act was his priority.Â Â How is that working out for you?Â Â Â This is the Philippines. Ask your typical voter what is a platform they will respond “kung wala kang round form, may platform ka.” The voters in the Philippines don’t care about trivial things like logistics. For some reason their emotions fill in the blanks where the “how” should be. Like most of my posts. It is all about values or the lack of values.
Any goofball can repeat a mantra made up by their marketers/ campaigners. For me , the tricky part is pointing to your past to prove you are serious about your future. Pointing to your past to prove you can accomplish the future you are painting. But most people can’t do this and the good news is this is the Philippines. There is no expectation to prove you are serious about the future. Our politicians behave the way they doÂ because they are a product of what the audience wants.
In the US, McDonald’s claimed that nutritional information for their foodÂ was available in their company’s website in 2004. The census at the time revealed that only half of America was online. So film maker Morgan Spurlock thought that having the nutritional information actually available in the actual stores should be reasonable for the other half of America who was not online at the time. This is what he found.
ONLY HALF THE McDONALD’S In
MANHATTAN HAD THE NUTRITION INFO
POSTED ON THE WALL,
SOME HAD THE TAKEAWAY NUTRITION CHARTS,
AND ONE IN FOUR
HAD NO INFORMATION WHATSOEVER.
http://youtu.be/H-eRXuuH9AI (entire movie online)
Yet there was no big protest about this lack of information because there was no great need for it. Either the typical McDonald’sÂ customer does not care to read the reality of the nutritional information or does not care about what McDonald’sÂ food will do to their bodies.
Denis Leary in his concert video No Cure For Cancer rants about how stupid it is to make the warnings in cigarette packs bigger. Watch the video. I believe him when he says it does not matter how you label a cigarette pack and how true that label is , it will not stop one smoker from smoking. Just because something is true does not mean thatÂ information is of any use.Â Â Oh for you younger generation not born when this video was made, he is Gwen Stacy’s dad.
Why do I bring this up? If you are hell bent on consuming harmful material for your bodiesÂ no amount of information is going to stop you. You won’t be looking for that information. How does Super Size Me, McDonald’s, Denis Leary and cigarettes relate to Noynoy Aquino and Nancy Binay? I’d tell you butÂ Wowowillie is on.
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