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The Internet and Facebook are quite indispensable to me nowadays. My continuing interest in advocacy work, and the gradual tiring of a senior citizen’s body, force me to resort to working online to constantly reach the people I need to. It is a virtual world that many Filipinos are finding themselves in, and the world [...]

Posted: July 4th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Columns,Inquirer Opinion,Viewpoints | Read More »

The Internet is forever

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“Angel” is the name chosen by a transgender “talent” who earns by entertaining clients online with sexually suggestive “performances.”

Posted: June 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The realm of the screen

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Lost, like millions of others, somewhere in the multicolored screen… I was losing hours of my life to clicks and bright pixels and moving pictures. They were not my muse; quite the contrary, they devoured whatever habits I had and regurgitated these as short bursts of amusement. I was being devoured by high-definition stimuli, as if the world and all sense of reality happen to exist only in 1280×640 resolution. No resolve for us all but to click on. Opening many windows on the browser, unwittingly closing many others outside the realm of the screen.

Posted: June 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Must-read volume

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A compelling book has just come off the press. “Philippine Communication in the Digital Age” leads with an understatement: “The world of mass communication has changed dramatically.” And in 25 documented chapters, author Crispin Maslog illustrates the sweep of those alterations: from blackboard papers, in a remote Cebu town, to cell phones unleashing People Power 2.

Posted: June 14th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Real dangers online

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In a report for Spiegel Online International, “Curse of Cybersex: The Lost Children of Cebu,” Katrin Kuntz narrates how the municipality of Cordova in Cebu has become a den for cybersex. Parents “force their children to strip in front of the webcam,” arguing in a depraved manner that the young bodies are not touched anyway. Sexual exploitation is said to have become some sort of a cottage industry in the municipality. Parents still use the same lame excuse: It is a way of escaping the claws of poverty.

Posted: June 7th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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