The KEY to a truly intelligent political discourse that ordinary Filipinos can relate with

I came up with a new public relations (PR) concept for Malacanang. I call it the Flypaper Trick. To understand this trick, a brief explanation of how flypaper works is in order. Flypaper is a sheet of paper coated with a strong adhesive that attracts flies that happen to be buzzing around. A fly that alights on it gets stuck onto the adhesive. The more it struggles, the more it gets stuck. Suffice to say, flies stuck on flypaper eventually die.

The PR Flypaper Trick involves laying out the social media equivalent of flypaper to attract the buzz of “Netizens” presuming to be part of the political discourse. Currently there are a number of such flypaper sheets already laid out and have snared quite a number of bug-brained Filipino Netizens. These are:

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– Mocha Uson’s Mayon Volcano location gaffe
– The UST Alumni Association’s Mocha Uson imbroglio
– Maria Ressa’s “press freedom” fear mongering
– Jover Laurio’s blog
– Martial Law fear mongering
– “Fake News”
– Internet “trolls” and “bots”
– Cold War era Communist rhetoric

One could bet good money that just the above eight “issues” collectively attract at least 80 percent of social media political chatter. Easily. This means that only 20 percent (at most) of social media “social justice warriors” (SJWs) are on the ball when it comes to discussing the important stuff, or stuff that ordinary Filipinos give a hoot about.

If we step back even further, the whole ecosystem of politics-related chatter on Philippine social media probably accounts for just 10 percent of overall chatter, with a full 90 percent focused on showbiz and lifestyle topics. This can easily be gleaned from the topics that routinely make up the top ten “trending” topics — mostly stuff about Maine Mendoza and her “Aldub” franchise, Korean K-Pop and telenovelas, and one or the other branded showbiz “love teams”.

In short, just 20 percent of 10 percent (or a measly 2 percent) of overall social media chatter has to do with the truly hard-hitting topics of national consequence. That’s quite disturbing, to say the least.

Or is it?

What are the “big issues” serious SJWs ought to be discussing then? Blogger Kat Stuart Santiago tabled a list of eight “serious” topics that, she asserts, serious political discussionists should be, well, discussing.

(1) Provincial militarisation and its “victims”, the peasants and indigenous minorities
(2) The Bangsamoro Basic Law
(3) Charter Change and its “railroading” by the House
(4) Bong Go and the frigates
(5) The junking (finally!) of the jeepney
(6) Tax reform and its supposed effect on “the poor”
(7) The Dengvaxia debacle
(8) The wealth and lifestyle of the Duterte kiddies

Presumably, these are “important” because they could make or break the Philippines’ journey to future national prosperity (i.e. the same journey from Third World to First World that Singapore had completed). This means that the real test of how important these are in this context is whether resolving them or allowing them to fester will actually pave the way — or serve as roadblocks — to achieving national prosperity.

A good exercise then would be to rate these on a scale from one to ten with a “10” representing very strong determinant of future national prosperity and a “1” representing no impact on future national prosperity. To make things simple, let’s measure “national prosperity” on the basis of an archaic but still widely-accepted indicator of average individual economic power — the old reliable per capita income metric.

So, for brevity’s sake, we can frame the challenge using a simple question:

Will resolving the above eight “important” issues result in an uplift of Filipinos’ per capita income over the foreseeable future?

The results (assuming the question is answered in an intellctually honest manner) will likely surprise garden-variety SJWs and open up an even more important question. If 80 percent of the political discourse is invested in the discussion of Flypaper Topcs, and just 2 percent of overall social media chatter is around “important topics” of dubious consequence from the perspective of building national economic power, what forces outside of “democratic politics” drives (or hinders) economic progress?

Now there is an important challenge — framing a truly intelligent discourse that delivers results to the average Filipino where it matters: their wallets and bank accounts.

5 Replies to “The KEY to a truly intelligent political discourse that ordinary Filipinos can relate with”

  1. For sure laziness and freeloading among Filipinos won’t because many Filipinos are actually proud of having such. Of, and that My Family’s Slave thing was raised again, that should be an issue, human rights violations in terms of slavery. But, I guess, Filipinos secretly want to have slaves.

  2. Catch these Netizens, like flies, by Flypaper traps ? You don’t need to catch them. They just disappear from the Web Blogs, by their own nonsensical discourse and reasoning.

    I have years of experience of tangling with them thru Blog discourse. I never knew them, but I know how they think. Their thinking are scripted, like a twice told tale.

    You can smell these vicious political paid trolls and bloggers, a mile away. Politicians who hire them, are just throwing their money away. Look at Maria Reesa’s; it is now sinking into the deep. Closed by the government, for being funded by foreign investors.

    Bearers of Fake News, can work both ways. It could work for them, or against them. It depends on the situation.

  3. 30% of the ountry living on $2/per day…….Dueterte has done nothing except KILL 7500 of societies lower ordered people. the murdered people were none-the-less deserving of ‘DUE PROCESS’ under the countries very own Constitution, but Filipino’s cheer wildly for the subversion of their own civil rights being torn assunder and at the same time cheering the death of their fellow citizens at the hand of the newly elected idiot !

    In a situation as hopeless as this, the only thing an average citizen can do is leave the country AND NEVER GO BACK !!!

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