So now we’re seeing another catfight raging between one camp of “bloggers” and another. Big fucking deal. It was all inevitable. These bozos were once best friends for life. Now they are sworn enemies.
See, this is why we at GRP don’t make friends with fellow bloggers. The minute you do, the sooner your freedom to write whatever you want gets compromised. There’s more to life than blogging and that means one necessarily has a life outside of the blogosphere that is inaccessible to ordinary members of our audience. The blogosphere is just a place to express ones views. I don’t see it as a place to make friends.
This is why Get Real Philippines persists as the one and only real objective blog outlet on the Philippine social issues landscape. It’s because we’re not in this space to make friends or form alliances. Why are we here? We’re here to invite people to prove us wrong. And guess what: so far, nobody’s stepped up to that challenge.
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We’re in this for the pure intellectual pursuit. We’re here to test concepts. We’re not here to worship people. We’re here to stand by ideas. As the late former US First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt was said to have said…
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.
The only real way one can come across as stupid in a debate is to declare one’s loyalty to a cult of personality as a credential of some sort. Since when has being a Dutertard, Marcostard, or Lenitard been a basis for determining how right or wrong someone is? Only in the Philippines, it seems. The fact is, “you’re wrong because you’re a Marcos supporter” holds as little water as “you’re wrong because you are a Duterte supporter”. Camps that spend the bigger chunk of their time doing deep “investigations” into how rabidly-loyal (or disloyal, for that matter) one or the other bozo is to their cult leader are all dens of intellectual bankruptcy.
So where does all this leave the Philippine blogosphere? With not much. Philippine society has long been known as an intellectually-bankrupt cesspool. World IQ rankings substantiate that fact, the dismal state and priority placed on public education proves it, and the quality of Filipino social and political blogs mirror this confronting reality.
So why is it so hard for Filipino “thought leaders” to come across as anything more than stupid? Maybe it’s because they talk about people a lot. Coffee in my Coffeemate, cereal in my milk. Makes sense to me.
benign0 is the Webmaster of GetRealPhilippines.com.