Al Gore came and went. And Moody’s rained on the President’s parade. The President (who seems morbidly afraid of being here for the Edsa 1 anniversary) is back to wooing Joseph Estrada. The Philippine Daily Inquirer ponders the meaning of a Selfish society. The Inquirer editorial says a selfish society is one which doesn’t recognize the need for individual self-control. Self-control certainly isn’t the mark of the administration, which is raising the ante in its confrontation with the Senate. One blogger texted me saying the Palace is taking a page from the Clinton versus Gingrich playbook, which resulted in the US Federal Government being shut down for some days, and Clinton blaming Gingrich for the mess.
As the President’s pet party, Kampi, gears up to push for Charter change, the Social Weather Stations head Mahar Mangahas participated in a round table, presenting the public’s opinions on Charter change.
The main points of the SWS presentation were:
- Extensive education on the Constitution is called for.
- Suggestions for Cha-Cha do not come from the grass-roots; their role is to approve or disapprove.
- The (parliamentary) idea of fusing the legislative and executive branches has a fighting chance.
- The idea of removing the present term limit on the chief executive IS NOT popular. (On the contrary, most favor shortening the term of GMA.)
- The idea of a unicameral legislature IS NOT popular.
- More foreign participation in the economy is now welcome.
- The idea of having regional governments IS popular.
You can download the SWS presentation by clicking below:
To give the historical perspective on past efforts at Charter change (and writing constitutions), the Philippines Free Press blog has two articles: Constitution Day, written by Teodoro M. Locsin on the 18th anniversary of the 1935 Constitution (incidentally, Claro M. Recto’s birthday), recounts how that charter was written and the excitement surrounding its final approval; his descriptions of the personalities involved help bring them back to life. United Behind Quezon, from 1939, describes the first Cha-Cha Express: one can infer from reading it why, in 1971 and ever since, the public has been skeptical over similar-efforts.
RG Cruz has a remarkable entry on the ethics of covering a disaster confronting his own organization.
I myself am against noontime variety shows. I always have. The last time I sat down to watch one was during the days of Student Canteen and Kwarta o Kahon (on days I’d be sick and unable to attend gradeschool, and only if my father didn’t catch me). So in truth, details such as those provided by Rasheed’s World, surprise me. There are two facets of our culture, in particular, that drive me to distraction: the “blow out” and the “balato.” The puritan in me would outlaw such behavior along with having more than the minimal number of baptismal and wedding sponsors. I can’t bring myself to object to the “pasalubong” though because I do like giving -and receiving- pasalubong.
Mike Tan proposes substitutes for the kind of noontime variety shows we have now. The perennial answer as to why noontime variety shows can’t be cancelled, is that the public and the advertisers want it. In truth, news and public affairs divisions in all the networks rather resent showbiz and entertainment shows, which gobble up all the prime time slots. During Media Nation 3, which focused on media and the advertiser, Nielsen (the ratings people) presented some facts on media and advertising. You can look through the Nielsen presentation by clicking below:
The statistics are interesting and food for thought. One statistic was particularly interesting for me: teenagers devote twice as much time to the internet as do older groups. Since my work is primarily in print, I think that’s positive news. Most people in media are worried about declining readership, and the stark possibility that once those in their 40s, 50s, and 60s -arguably the bulk of newspaper readers- pass on, there will be no newspaper readers left. I’d think of it another way. If only a small minority at present read the papers (say, half a million at best, daily, who read the papers out of a population of 80 million plus!), is that minority really disappearing or reading the papers in some other manner? I’d think that the percentage would actually remain the same -as many among the elders who read the papers is reflected in the number of teens and young adults who read the papers, but online.
In other matters:
Luis Teodoro is offended by Filipinos abroad like Hillblogger, and suggests they shut up and let the real people with brains -like the revolutionaries- solve the nation’s problems.
Sassy Lawyer limits her diet of opinion writers -and I can sympathize with her views on the matter (on my part, though, the rise in blood pressure is what helps get my day off to a perky start).
Thanks to Philippine Commentary for a kind and contemplative entry.
And this, takes the cake, as far as the spirit of enterprise goes: “Twenty pesos to stop singing, M’am!”
And finally, a lecture:
Lost in Cyberspace: A new Perspective?
In the popularisation of computer technologies and concepts within the
realm of commercialization and market exploitation, a systematic
destruction of creative space has taken place: where culture is homogenized
to enable “free trade”, and where social and economic organizations
congruent with the principles of life are transformed into a wasteful and
profit-obsessed consumer society. Underlying this debilitating and
disenfranchising environment is the loss of cognitive worldviews that might
allow individuals and groups to develop and articulate their own creative
spaces by relating personal views to wider cultural contexts and
perspectives. While the cognitive/linguistic term “articulation” relates to
the concept of movement in space, the concept of “perspective” is related
to a more static view of space. Does immaterial articulation relate to
material space? In their lecture, Fatima Lasay and Trevor Batten will
explore alternative articulations of space that consider cognition and
language as important spatial elements. Vital elements that have been lost
Lost in Cyberspace: A New Perspective?
Lecture by Fatima Lasay and Trevor Batten
February 18, 2006, Saturday, 2-4 pm
Contact Persons: Ms Fanny San Pedro/Ms Joy Victoria
Contact Detail: 6312417 / [email protected]
This lecture complements the exhibition Juan Arellano: Drawing Space which
is ongoing until April 2006. The Lopez Memorial Museum is at the ground
floor, Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Ave, Pasig City.
Museum days and hours are Monday-Saturday, 8am-5pm except Sundays and
holidays. For more information call 6312417 or email [email protected]