Vantage points

By JoeAm Vantage points are the problem, and they are the opportunity. This arose the other day during a debate here in the blog discussion forum. I argued that: “One’s vantage point defines what one sees. It may not be ignorance.” I made this top-of-mind remark in response to a reader’s observation that some view … Continue reading

Wading through the Philippine information swampland

By JoeAm Have you ever hiked through a Philippine jungle swampland? It’s dangerous, plants that slice like razor blades or snag like fish hooks, nasty little bees that attack in swarms, always going for the eyes, large brown snakes dangling from the branches, crab holes just waiting to snap a leg, cobras slithering among the … Continue reading

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

Why is the Philippines investing it oil? It’s old technology.

By JoeAm Oil is not technology, I suppose, but getting to it involves a lot of technology, especially if the wells are in deep seas. That means a lot of money is spent, too. The issue came to mind as I read a CNN report about a joint Philippine-Israeli agreement to explore the oceans west … Continue reading

Bobby Capco and the principles by which we argue

By JoeAm I got irritated on Facebook by former follower Bobby Capco. He commented, I commented, and I blocked him. Then he wrote a separate commentary about it which I take to be his stake in the heart of JoeAm and proof that Bobby Capco is morally and literally awesome. Here’s a link to my … Continue reading