By Jose Ma. Montelibano
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 [...]
By Rina Jimenez-David
“Angel” is the name chosen by a transgender “talent” who earns by entertaining clients online with sexually suggestive “performances.”
By Jayjay Lahoy
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.
By Juan L. Mercado
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.
By Christopher Ryan B. Maboloc and Jeresa May C. Ochave
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.