The war begins and so does the blogging challenge


As the Pangandamans and the Dela Paz’s trade suit, Hamas and Israel trade rockets with increasing number of civilian casualties. This is the analogy that first came to my mind after being a part of Philippine blogging history. It is an off-tangent analogy but I was wondering what’s next after blogging passionately and in support of a fellow blogger? There are bigger issues in society such as the Gaza conflict, the financial crisis, corruption and the Philippine Cha-Cha.

This is not a post that concedes that the blogging exercise in support of the Dela Paz’s was futile–we rattled Malacañan and highlighted the power of blogging. I am proud to be part of the bloggers that rallied behind victims of injustice. The Golfgate event of Antipolo showed the unique society that the blogosphere has created wherein there is hardly a delineation between the coño and the masa.

When a member of the blogosphere receives injustice, there is no distinction on his/her social status, his/her background and sometimes some of us are guilty of jumping into the issue without looking at the other side of the story. We’ve read about how to blog responsibly and I believe most of us did blogged responsibly in this case and we were vindicated as evidence surfaced of what really happened that fateful day (but of course, I’m not pre-empting the courts but in the public eye, it was inevitable for the Pangandaman to look like a red-faced liar).

As I was writing this post, I read Carlos Conde’s take on the event. He was spot on in highlighting the power of blogging. As he wrote as follows:

Today, blogging, apart from being both a narcissistic and cathartic exercise of self-expression among millions, is a potent information tool. News organizations use it to complement their journalism (take note: complement, not supplant). Activists use it to promote their cause. Victims use it to right a wrong.

We were able to highlight an injustice in this case, however, blogger and journalist Carlos expounded and challenged not only blogger Bambee but all Pinoy bloggers that there are other issues that warrant the same outrage that was exhibited. As he explained:

I have not seen the same level of outrage in the blogosphere over the disappearance of Jonas Burgos, of Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan, of the atrocity done to Remegio Saladero Jr. and the hundreds of human-rights victims in the Philippines as we have witnessed in the Pangandaman incident.

While others might be fed-up with the issue and with due respect to the Dela Paz’s (OK and the Pangandamans), this is a lesson learned for bloggers that with the acknowledged power of this medium we are responsible to direct it to drum-up interest to other social issues such as the killing of children in Gaza, the continued greed at Wall Street, the blind eye of the presidency (it’s up to you to choose whose president I’m referring to) on corruption among other things.

As a comic cliche goes… with great power comes great responsibility. So, use it wisely.

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4 thoughts on “The war begins and so does the blogging challenge

  1. sa tingin ko sa blogging din natin makikita ang hinahanap nating paraan para maging maganda ang pamumuhay natin sa pinas, baka andito rin ang future leaders🙂 hanu ba yun, nainis ako sa komento ng isang hindi natin kalahi dun sa blog ni carlos.

  2. “I have not seen the same level of outrage in the blogosphere over the disappearance of Jonas Burgos, of Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan, of the atrocity done to Remegio Saladero Jr. and the hundreds of human-rights victims in the Philippines as we have witnessed in the Pangandaman incident.. ”

    Jim, it is just the beginning and it all boils down to timing. We should all be happy that we now have a weapon to fight injustice. With this power I assure you that there will be a lot of us who will go back in time to those unclosed cases. They will be resurrected.

  3. there are some of us who prefer not to blog about problems in our lives but instead finds way to lighten up the atmosphere a bit. There are some who focuses on moral issues, private lives and all other subjects they want to blog.

    Blogging is a powerful tool to raise the voice of the people who wanted to be heard. And you are right, we need to use it in a positive,constructive and responsible way.

    May the power be with us fellow blogger.

  4. thanks ayawgloira for visiting and giving your insight. Indeed, it is a dawn of a new era in activism, I guess. I hope it will be sustained and not just a “ningas kugon” initiative.

    salamat din Maldito, i remember reading that not blogging about an issue is another form of action–silence. It is inevitable that some people use blogging, as what Conde excellently describes it, as a means to pour “narcissistic” tendencies but if some bloggers will learn to relate it to something bigger, then it is a positive and very useful way of using the medium.

    More power to all of us!😀

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