The Filipino blogosphere’s insipid aristocracy

I would not have written about it altogether but certain reactions to efforts to introduce Jun Lozada and Among Ed Panlilio as bloggers need to be confronted head on.

At the moment, I won’t link to these bloggers and their posts (because I’m sure you know them and they know themselves). What is important for me is to say that the Pinoy blogosphere aristocracy are just behaving as expected: aristocratic and elitist. Some would cry “repression!” only when its their own voices that are being muffled or muzzled. Some would gladly lay down a virtual red carpet for their own online writing projects on Philippine issues, but would demean the efforts of others. At other times, these clowns cry for “democracy” when all they really want to say is “listen to me only” or “listen to me first”. Some are fans of a near-total absence of online accountability. As to the threat of repression, the question of the need to fight repression is set aside by insinuations that the new ones may be inviting harm all by themselves (ain’t that the same “blame the victim” outlook which they also detest in posts elsewhere).

(The possible threat of a crackdown against certain blogs and bloggers is not a valid reason to discourage the latter. The democratic way is to fight the repression. The elitist and cowardly way is the reverse.)

There is a danger to the way these characters view themselves. They may be harboring not ill thoughts about others, but an overestimation of their self-worth. Given the discussions on related topics, it is not farfetched that they would soon propose a canon for the Pinoy blogosphere and anoint themselves as the new “gods” to whom we should solely and exclusively look for truth.

That is not democracy. That is only a complete reproduction of mass media and Philippine education in general. Full of elitism and bullshit, exclusivist rather inclusive, and finds as questionable the entry of new voices such as Lozada, Panlilio and the nameless masses.

12 Comments

  1. bernadette

    Hi! I read a LOT of blogs but don’t usually comment. This time I couldn’t resist telling you that you hit the nail right on the head regarding SOME Philippine bloggers. Somehow, I get the impression that SOME of these people are not really blogging and discussing national issues out of a sense of nationalism , but more on NAGPAPAGALINGAN . They get excited when new issues or explosive exposes come out, so everyone can give their ” brilliant” opinions. Then again, there’s no follow through, meaning, after all the interpolations and long drawn out discussions, no one had done anything to actually help improve the lot of this country! Puro lang pala “daldal”. So when new people come in, they are threatened that they might not be the ones to be “listened to” most. I used to be so amazed at how smart these bloggers are, but then again, I hope they are as brave as they are smart. It would be so sad if they turn out to be empty cannons after all. This is with all due respect to the ” totoong matatapang ” bloggers out there.

  2. lestercavestany

    There was a time when Globe Telecoms’ phone and text messaging services were only being used by the so-called “coño kids”. Ilang taong lugi ang Globe dahil konti lang ang gumagamit. A few years down the line, it reached the masses and we became the texting capital of the world. I hope the same thing happens to the Pinoy blogosphere.

  3. benj

    I don’t know how a simple voicing out of possible run-ins with the government due to the emergence of “controversial” bloggers could be misconstrued as me implying that Panlilio and Lozada shouldn’t blog.

    I’m amused that people have had amazingly contrasting interpretations of what I wrote.

  4. tonyo

    @benj

    Writers and doctors have different ways of “solving” mistakes. Doctors bury theirs. Writers publish them for all the world to see and read.

  5. benj

    Oh well. I tried re-reading what I wrote again. While it’s clear that I sense the potential of greater government intervention in the almost laissez-faire blogging community, I never said that Lozada and Panlilio’s blogs were inherently bad. I merely mentioned them like status quo-altering entities – it was very value-neutral if you ask me.

  6. tonyo

    @Benj

    There’s no such thing as “value-neutral”.

    The very notions that government “may intervene” in the blogosphere and that there’s a “laissez faire” situation in the blogging community are reflections of one’s ideology or worldview. Your choice of topics for your posts likewise reflect your personal worldviews too. Out of gazillions of possible topics, you chose to publicly comment on the BK project(s) — and that reflects your worldview too.

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