Sunday, March 05, 2006

People's Power Won't Happen Again (in Philippines)

The "People's Power Fatigue" !!!

People's Power Won't Happen Again (in Philippines)

FORMER president Fidel V. Ramos sees no immediate end to street protests "with the situation now exacerbated by the proclaimed ‘national emergency’ condition."

But, Ramos says, such protests will not spark a reprise of People Power 1986. "Another ‘People Power’ revolution will not again happen," Ramos writes in a column for the Manila Bulletin. The former president lists what he calls the "powerful factors" that work against another People Power uprising:

-- People are tired of the political bickering; they simply want to carry on with their lives and remain hopeful of a better future.
-- The primary concerns of the citizenry are economic, not political. They worry most about high prices and unemployment.
-- The opposition is "headless and scattered." Some militant groups may be well-organized, but overall, the anti-government forces are divided and confined to a few urban areas.
-- A nationwide outrage is still absent, and there has not been a spark large enough to trigger such outrage into a massive uprising. "The political opposition, civil society protesters and the coup plotters—whoever they are—seem to forget that Edsa I took place only after the passage of 13 years of strongman rule and kleptocracy," Ramos writes.
-- Still absent from among the anti-government forces is the involvement of significant elements of the Armed Forces and the National Police.

But while another People Power uprising is not likely to happen, Ramos says, the "Spirit of Edsa" must be perpetuated and institutionalized, as the country continues to face long-standing problems of poverty, corruption, injustice and inequity.

He traces the roots of these problems to what he describes as "the durable oligarchy"—the alliance between business and politics that allows wealthy and powerful families to use public authority for their own gain.

"This durable oligarchy has used the powers of the State to create opportunities for themselves to make money and more money—without having to create economic value for the common good," Ramos writes.

Ramos repeats his calls for charter change, a proposal he has long made. "Without further delay," he says, "let us do the Constitutional reforms, legislative policies and executive actions essential to sustained progress and development."

Saturday, March 04, 2006

"Sons Without Umblical Cords..."

The other day I was reading this about the Filipino culture:

"A cultural curtain was drawn between father and son. The old was steeped in Hispanic traditions. The new was a product of what was then called the 'violent saxonisation' of the youth. The former became 'fathers who had begotten no children;' the latter, 'sons without umblical cords..." (From Alejandro R. Roces, "From Spanish to English", The Sunday Times, 15th March 1958.)

This is a comment made in 1958. Imagine what the west-dominated modern mass media is doing to youth in large parts of Asia today -- creating Asian sons/daughters without umbical cords to Asia or more accurately Asian sons/daughters with umbical cords attached to America (or to the American way of life)!

Sunday, January 08, 2006

A World Sandwiched Between a Food and Textile Stall

A World Sandwiched Between a Food and Textile Stall (Bangkok)
A group of Thai children playing their video game (football) under a bench where their parents displayed (textile) goods for sale in the busy Chatuchak/Jatujak weekend market in Bangkok, Thailand. (Nat, January 2006).

BBC and PM Sharon

I have been for sometime now watching (forced to watch, in a sense) BBC world news.

BBC's coverage of PM Sharon health status is really a great case study to make sense of how this network works. First, it seems to be "obsessed" with PM Sharon and last couple of days, that is its main headline news. Next it tries to promote the idea that the "world attention is focussed on PM Sharon". Just check out cursorily the national media around the regions of the world, either print or electronic, and you will realise that the world is not focussed on Israel or Sharon. You will see that the BBC is focussed on Sharon...It may want the world to be focussed on him but the world simply isn't. Yes, people around world may know about it to varying extent; that is all.

BBC simply lies through its numerous rather serious, committed, on-the-scene reporters who speak as if they are sharing with you an event that will make or break the world, that will destroy our everyday life everywhere. And with the help of technology, they are able to build an "EVENT" with a one familar narrative : grave illness of a leader (and possible death)-- perceived chaos -- absence of similar kind of leader to continue -- scramble for leadership -- "good guy" and "bad guy" opinions of the leader -- further perceived chaos -- "WHAT DO WE DO NOW?" -- Confusion and panic. Of course, there will be a real "solution" to this. And of course, BBC will inform us of that. And of course it will move on to help the world focus on events it focusses on and encourage you and I to be obssessed with what it is obsessed about.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Globalisation and Uniformisation of the Living Room

The globalisation and uniformisation of the living room...In the company of the omnipresent TV.

Deep in the mountains of Northern Thailand and in the home of a member of the Karen people, an indigenous community.

There are both concerns -- engagement with the new form of entertainment/infotainment and the fear that it may eventually destroy their culture or at least create a distance between the people and their culture. There are no indigenous media in these areas which act as a cultural mirror...(Dec 2005)

Monday, September 19, 2005

Asking the Wrong Question !

Free the Media

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Is There a World Out There? Is There Anyone Out There?

Ever wondered whether we are experiencing the "real world
out there" or just images/sounds from a television network taken from
another network which are taken from yet another network....?

What a frightening thought?

Monday, August 29, 2005

Media Messages and "Our" Youth

A Vision of Urban Asia/Pacific?
A Vision of Asia/Pacific in the Making?

"The typical American home has the television turned on (but not necessarily viewed) for an average of 7 hours and 13 minutes per day. As more people gain access to satellite and cable stations, these numbers will probably increase.1 By age 70, most people will have watched television for between 7 and 10 years of their lives.

The average 18-year-old has already watched 22,000 hours of te1evision (21 to 23 hours per week)--more time than he or she has spent in school (12,000 hours by the end of high school)! Young people have been exposed to 350,000 commercials by the time they turn 21.

It is easy to conclude that, for most children, TV viewing has replaced play and other types of exercise, study, and reading--not to mention human interaction. As they are growing up, children will hear more spoken words from the television than from parents and teachers. Because of this, television has a vast and powerful influence on young people's basic worldview, as well as their attitudes toward sex, food choices, alcohol, and methods of conflict resolution. "

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