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Postscript to shaming

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Miriam Santiago had an interesting piece of advice to graduates. They didn’t have to wait until they could vote, she said, to be able to remove the scammers from public office.

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Digital distractions

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One helpful piece of advice that I found in several Internet articles: Don’t go to bed with a smartphone or tablet.

Posted: March 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Are ‘trending’ victims less protected?

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ACCIDENTAL PUBLIC FIGURES (Clockwise) Robert Carabuena, Deniece Cornejo and Paula Salvosa shot to fame in a matter of days or mere hours because of the “going viral” phenomenon.

The rape case filed by Deniece Cornejo against actor Vhong Navarro elicited negative reactions from numerous netizens who posted blogs and comments with nasty remarks, like “Deniece is a prostitute,” “She’s delusional!” and “Deniece had plastic surgery.”

Posted: March 9th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Why I do not use Facebook (anymore)

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I first used Facebook in 2009 when it was still cool to be perpetually online, to post silly faces and pictures of lunches (or brunches), and when nonsensical photos could garner as much as 30 “likes” upon upload. What a time that was.

Posted: March 6th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Reflections on the new media

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About two weeks ago, I was invited to speak at the Second Inquirer Conversation held at the University of Santo Tomas.

Posted: March 6th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Online love

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“You met him online?!” That is one question I always get asked whenever I tell someone about how I met the special person in my life.

Posted: February 13th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Social Rizal

What would Jose Rizal have made of today’s social media phenomenon? Two and a half years ago, as part of the many activities to mark the hero’s 150th birth anniversary, the Inquirer’s own Learning section offered a possible answer: Rizal, a tireless letter-writer and pamphleteer, would have taken to blogging like a natural, but because [...]

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Supreme Court in a social media age

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The Supreme Court entered popular consciousness in 2013. One recalls how the oral arguments on the Reproductive Health Act saw vocal justices such as Roberto Abad turned into Internet memes, graphics with their quotes bouncing around Facebook.

Posted: December 28th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

New normal

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I myself can attest to how riven the country has been in the wake of “Yolanda” and the public’s perception of how the government has dealt with it.

Posted: November 21st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Protest in the time of social media

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One does not need to have a Facebook or Twitter or Instagram or e-mail account to realize how vastly different today’s demonstrations are from those that led to the downfall of the Marcos regime 40 years ago. Organizing “mass actions,” as they were then called, involved a lot of planning, coordination, and negotiation among the core groups that initiated them.

Posted: September 18th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Make yourself at home

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People say the youth today are restless and passionate (not about the bigger things in life like career options, national issues, and international trade, but more about how many Facebook friends and Twitter followers they have, and how many likes they got on Instagram for that selfie captioned with a “pa-deep” quote), driven (to be rich, famous, and successful, but without having to lift a finger, just getting plain lucky and looking fabulous without the effort manifesting itself), and just too shallow (with petty problems ranging from what to wear in school for the next week to shifting from one fad diet to another to be pretty and skinny), too far from the vigilant, critical, assertive “future of the nation” they should be.

Posted: September 16th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Power of social media

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The social media have come of age in our country. The awesome people-gathering power of Facebook and Twitter has been proven beyond doubt by the Million People March (MPM) last Aug. 26.

Posted: August 31st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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