The different ways people look at Facebook

JoeAm Without question, Facebook has reshaped the way Filipinos act and think and the entire character of the nation. It was the platform that the Duterte armies militarized to get their idol elected and protected. It allowed the dissemination of lies, manipulations, and deceits as mainstream content. It also allowed the building of communities, for … Continue reading

Have you hugged your DDS combatant today?

By JoeAm There are a lot of provocations around these days, social media visits from trolls and the presidents who hire them. I have learned that it is futile to engage people who are on a mission to confuse the conversation or poke people in the eye. I do admire the sophistication of the best … Continue reading

Idealism versus pragmatics

By JoeAm I’ve long held the view that there is some idealized form of a more perfect Philippines. A lot of the articles and much of the discussion here has oriented around understanding “the way it is”, and then proposing the actions that are needed to get to a richer, healthier, more secure, and more … Continue reading

The ethics of being a relative

By JoeAm The recent post here that criticized three entertainers for aiding and abetting the incivility, killings, and destruction of democracy in the Philippines generated a lot of good discussion both here and especially on Facebook. Most agreed with the point of the article but a lot of people came to the defense of the … Continue reading

The rise of sense and civility in the Philippines

By JoeAm We have talked a lot about institutions in the Philippines, and the erosion of independence among the branches of government. We have examined the weakness of journalism as an institution and the Catholic Church as a moral force and justice as an ideal. But it strikes me that a new institution has arisen, … Continue reading