Media Studies, Social Media, socio-cultural, Speeches / Lectures / Presentations

Philippines: Social Media Capital of the World

For the past seven years or so, the Philippines has been touted as the “Social (Media) Nation of the world”. This is reminiscent of the time when the Philippines was being hailed as the “texting capital of the world”, even before the turn of the millennium. But at first glance at the statistics, it doesn’t… Continue reading Philippines: Social Media Capital of the World

Journalism, Media Studies

History of Online Journalism in the Philippines

©Datu Jamal Ashley Yahya Abbas BACKGROUND At the end of authoritarian rule in the Philippines, the first public access BBS (bulletin board system) based in the country – named the First- Fil RBBS – went online in 1986. Later, a network to connect several BBSes in Metro Manila was formed – The Philippine FidoNet exchange.(1)By… Continue reading History of Online Journalism in the Philippines

culture, current events, Film Notes, Media Studies, socio-cultural

Films, Media Representation and Reality: Inclusion or Misrepresentation?

Not everybody can READ a film. That takes tons of reading materials, thousands of hours watching films of all kinds, understanding Film theories, Communication theories, Cultural Studies theories, and Media Literacy theories. Knowledge of world history, world mythologies, symbolisms, semiotics, and philosophy will come in handy, too. And of course, the skills to "read" media… Continue reading Films, Media Representation and Reality: Inclusion or Misrepresentation?

current events, political

Taking a Truthful and Factual Look at Marcos and the Martial Law Legacy

JSAP Statement on Marcos's Martial Law We live in an era of Fake News, Alternative Facts and Historical Revisionism. As we remember September 21, 1972, the official date of the declaration of Martial Law, let us remind ourselves of the facts surrounding this dark period in our history. As educators and media practitioners, we ask… Continue reading Taking a Truthful and Factual Look at Marcos and the Martial Law Legacy

covid19, current events, socio-cultural

The OCTA Case: Should lockdowns be the only weapon against rising Covid19 cases?

OCTA Research, "a polling, research and consulting firm", as described in its website, is under attack from some quarters for telling people that there is another surge in Covid cases and what is needed is another lockdown. I am glad that there is criticism, but the attack is against OCTA and not against the government.… Continue reading The OCTA Case: Should lockdowns be the only weapon against rising Covid19 cases?

current events

HRH The Prince Philip, the Queen’s “strength and stay”.

Rest in Peace HRH The Prince Philip, Prince of United Kingdom, Duke of Edinburgh, Earl of Merioneth, and Baron Greenwich. Husband and consort of Queen Elizabeth II of UK. He was two months short of being 100 years old. He was the son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice of Battenberg… Continue reading HRH The Prince Philip, the Queen’s “strength and stay”.