Maria Ressa appeals to Facebook for help to silence her critics!

I read an article about Rappler CEO Maria Ressa on the Australian Financial Review where she is quoted appealing to Facebook to help hold Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to account. She said “the only people who can actually do something to level the playing field in the short-term are the social media platforms”.

Huh? Facebook and other socmed sites did level the playing field as I recall.

Ressa is being inconsistent. She can’t make up her mind about Facebook. One moment she praises it, the next she condemns it. Her opinion of Facebook seems to depend on her mood. Facebook already made Rappler a “fact-checker” but she is still not satisfied with that privilege!

This is why journalists like Maria Ressa lost their celebrity status. Ordinary citizens were given a platform to voice their dissent and hold journalists who publish untruths to account. Ressa is just bitter that most people in the Philippines don’t see her as a “thought leader” anymore.

Still, she is adamant. Ressa insists that Duterte is “weaponising the law”.

“How do you know when an online attack to kill you, burn you, rape you, shoot you or bomb you shifts from words to the time it becomes real,” she said.

“This is the biggest danger. It’s a psychological war. It’s made to silence and intimidate. And you couple that with a government that also weaponises the law. As far as I’m concerned, all of these charges are political harassment and it’s to stop us doing our job.”

That’s the dumbest thing coming out of her mouth. The law doesn’t pick and choose. The law applies to everyone. It’s there to protect innocent people from libelous articles.

The only thing consistent about Ressa is the script she uses to feed the international news media community – that Duterte is trying to “silence” her. She contradicts that by showing she is completely free to go on numerous junkets where she delivers her non-stop media blitzes that only provide her side of the story. No one from the foreign media even checks if any of what she says is true.

Maria Ressa on a BLOCKING spree as people she dismisses as “trolls” seek clarification

Maria Ressa is on the digital run shooting frantic defensive tweets at people she calls “trolls”. Most of these are merely asking her to clarify the statements she made in last week’s conference on “media freedom” held in London.

Her response to critics, however, run counter to the spirit of open inquiry she and her lot of “journalists” supposedly espouse in the conference. Instead of properly responding to pertinent questions, she merely dismisses her detractors and labels them as “trolls” or “Duterte proxies”.

Ressa is subtracting value from the very advocacy she champions. She has styled herself as the complete opposite of the open system that invites challenge and encourages free inquiry that evolved on the Internet over the last several decades. She is a T-Rex among the lumbering dinosaurs that are members of the ever-shrinking clique of old-school media practitioners.

Media firms that are committed to evolving into lean and resilient organisations that can compete in the 21st Century media landscape are well-advised to distance themselves from Maria Ressa. She is not the role model they seek. Rather, she represents everything a truly modern media organisation isn’t.

Who does Maria Ressa THINK she is calling people “trolls”?

Rappler CEO Maria Ressa has been on a years-long crusade telling anyone who would listen how she and the Philippines’ journalism profession are “under attack”. She summarily labels anyone who is not on her side as “trolls”.

But who is she to decide who are trolls and who aren’t? Did some sort of God of the Internet descend from the Cloud to bestow a crown on her pointed head and dub her She Who Knows all Trolls and Non Trolls?

Senior research fellow at Reuters Institute Dr Julie Posetti, is an example of a highly-educated but sadly misguided person who merely defers to the comfy position rather than apply an independent mind…

“Trolls”, Dr Posetti? Because Maria Ressa said so? Or because you know so?

Very likely the earlier. This is the lazy path many have taken. Ironic, considering this lot preach about applying critical minds to what they come across on their social media feeds.

Filipinos should not take being called “trolls” sitting down. Nobody on the Net holds any authority to decide who is one and who isn’t. It’s the Internet — the most democratic mass media platform on the planet. NOBODY owns it.

Compared to de Quiros, Richard Heydarian (@RicHeydarian) is nothing but a second-rate, trying hard copycat

There’s been a lot of chatter surrounding “thought leader” Richard Heydarian’s plagiarisation of the eminent Yellowtard writer Conrado de Quiros’s groundbreaking blank Inquirer article written way back in 2004.

Thing is 2004, counting in digital years, practically sits on a different geological timeframe as 2019. Back then, before social media became a whole generation’s opiate, long-form writing (and long-form commenting) was the only way the “activists” of the time consumed content and engaged its authors. So, at the time, having a blank column going to print was pretty radical. Unfortunately for Heydarian, doing the same in an age of memes and highly-visual virtue signalling only makes him come across as, to use the immortal words of Lavinia Arguelles (played by Cherie Gil in the 2006 TV series Bituing Walang Ningning), “nothing but a second-rate, trying hard copycat”.

To be fair to Conrado de Quiros, he wrote EXCELLENT Yellowtard stuff — as in stuff that, at least, made one think before arriving at the inevitable conclusion that it really is all plain bullshit. Just the same, his stuff is so unlike today’s Yellowtard material. The Yellowtard drivel of today are products of an A.D.D. “Millennial” Generation that can’t sit still long enough to produce a coherent three-sentence paragraph.

In short, Old School Yellowtards like De Quiros made even his critics think, even for a minute. In contrast, the output of today’s Yellowtard “thought leaders” are an insult even to Yellowtards. Heydarian, as one of the few remaining long-form writers of his generation, did his craft a disservice by regressing from writing with substance to writing with stunts. Perhaps he is trying too hard to please the Yellowtards by writing at their level.

According to the Yellowtard @MrFrankBaraan, Twitter users are smart “fact checkers” and Facebook users are stupid trolls!

In a recent tweet, the self-described “human rights activist” and “democracy advocate” issued his assessment of the intelligence of members of the two big social media platforms…

Not only is he calling Facebook users stupid, he is also accusing them of being paid hacks funded by Filipino taxpayers.

One wonders a very basic wonder… Does Frank Baraan IV have proof to back his assertions?

Perhaps Baraan fails to see the irony in his statements — words that have, themselves, not been subject to a proper fact check even by himself.

Interestingly enough, there continues a persistent mystery surrounding the possible involvement of his father, Francisco Baraan the Third, in the thriving drug trade in the Philippines. Indeed the questions continue to be asked… Was he really involved in drug trafficking at the New Bilibid Prisons?

Lots of disturbing questions surrounding former Undersecretary Francisco Baraan III remain unanswered to this day.

Considering a quaint cottage industry of so-called “fact checkers” has sprung up all over the Philippines’ social media scene, no facts have actually emerged to clarify this matter.

Has someone or someTHING taken over the Twitter account of Regine Velasquez (@reginevalcasid)??

Of late, following a tweet in response to Secretary Teddy Location that went viral, a strange deviation in the quality of the tweets of Filipino singer Regine Velasquez.

Note as follows…

First this

TRESPASS, ENCROACH, INFRINGE, INVADE mean to make inroads upon the property, territory, or rights of another. TRESPASS implies an unwarranted or unlawful intrusion. hunters trespassing on farmland ENCROACH suggests gradual or stealthy entrance upon another’s territory

Then this

or usurpation of another’s rights or possessions. the encroaching settlers displacing the native peoples INFRINGE implies an encroachment clearly violating a right or prerogative. infringing a copyright

And then this

INVADE implies a hostile and injurious entry into the territory or sphere of another. accused of invading their privacy

Hmmmm… “usurpation”, “infringement”, and “encroaching” among other big English words the sorts of which don’t normally form part of the vocabulary of “Asia’s Songbird” have suddenly started appearing on her timeline. Note too the complex and well-constructed sentence structure of the tweets, all in straight English.

Indeed, one wonders who or what is really behind the Twitter handle of Regine Velasquez — one that commands the attention of no less than 2.6 million followers.

The mystery persists.

Damaso activist @CarlosCeldran banned from Facebook after inviting people to “shoot” Mark Zuckerberg!

Apparently not content with his new-found expat life in Spain, Filipino “influencer” and self-styled “activist” Carlos Celdran continues to keep tabs on Philippine politics. However he continues to go about it the wrong way this time getting into trouble once again after inviting his followers to effect violence upon no less than Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself…

Not surprisingly, Celdran got himself suspended from his favourite social media platform. But, quite evidently, he seems to learn no lessons from the experience as this latest tweet demonstrates…

And the hypocrisy of Facebook. My post was removed and my account suspended for now. They allow threats sent to everyone – except to themselves. Work harder @facebook in removing fake profiles, fake news & fake engagements. Your platform facilitated enough harm already.

Holy Yellowtard logic, Batman!

This, coming from an avid instagrammer. Perhaps semeone should remind Celdran who owns Instagram.

The more Jim Paredes’s apologists react, the more people lose sympathy for him

Earlier I felt sorry for Jim Paredes until I read his so-called “apology” again and realised he was praising himself for being “honest”. And what’s worse is the yellows who support him still act so high and mighty as if he did nothing wrong. Of course he did. He was judgemental to others.

Bilib na talaga ako sa tigas ng mukha ng mga dilaw. Even after a prominent rabid yellow has been exposed – literally and figuratively – they still can’t accept they are hypocrites. They still find a way to applaud him for his “bravery” in admitting it’s him. Ulol!! He just got caught!

Unfortunately, you don’t just get praises for exposing yourself. You also risk being mocked and ridiculed. Not everyone will like how you look and perform. As an artist, Jim should know that.

Nonetheless, Jim should look on the bright side. A lot of people like Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton became popular after their sex videos were leaked. This could be Jim’s chance to revive his “career” in showbiz. Perhaps as a bomba star!

Instagrammer @LanceDeOcampo #cancelledt after dipping into Siargao “influencer” row!

“Influencer” is so last year’s hipster lingo and “curated” is so ten years ago old school. Yet social media “content creator” Lance de Ocampo seemingly manages to make a living bandying around those terms.

De Ocampo is seemingly one such Internet parasite of late slighted by statements from business owners who’ve had enough of such millennial vermin pitching “collaboration” projects to market their products and services in exchange for personal freebies.

White Banana Beach Club (WBBC) in Siargao had, for one, issued a statement on its Facebook page essentially slamming the door on these bozos…

We are receiving many messages regarding collaborations with influencers, Instagram influencers. We kindly would like to announce that White Banana is not interested to collaborate with self-proclaimed influencers

WBBC, in a subsequent post, went further to clarify what they believe a REAL influencer is…

Good day everyone.
Our post went viral.
But we want to clarify that we are not against INFLUENCERS.
Just against freeloaders.

A REAL influencer is called as such by the rest, he does not address him/herself as an influencer. They are bloggers. We have actually collaborated with a few of them, in different terms and conditions, and we support them.

There are real influencers, that in case we will contact them and pay or offer something. But look, they’ve never contacted us, as they don’t need us. We need them.

In a statement that he later posted on Twitter, De Ocampo asserted that he “felt strongly offended about their statement” and cautioned the beach resort management against making such a “hasty generalization”.

Leni Robredo calls for control and regulation of social media!

Perhaps finally recognising her utter lack of any wit to apply to the art of social media warfare, the Philippines’ “vice president” has decided to take the easy self-entitled route and suggest that it be censored instead. In a statement given to the media the other day, Leni Robredo reportedly called for legislation to be crafted to achieve this end.

Kailangan talaga iyong Kongreso magpasa ng mga batas na kahit paano may control saka regulation iyong mga post sa social media. Kailangan iyong mga social media networks gaya ng Facebook, ng Instagram, pati nga YouTube, kailangan magkaroon ng regulation…

Translated: “Congress should pass laws to control and regulate posts on social media. Social media networks like Facebook, Instagram, and even YouTube should be regulated.”

To be fair, Robredo has struggled since Day One of her ascent to high-profile politician to manage her public persona. Despite being pitched as the stereotypical humble public servant she has been the subject of ridicule by a public grown weary of this unoriginal narrative.

The irony that seems to escape Robredo is that the seeds of the 1986 Yellowtard “revolution” were sown in an environment in which media was tightly-controlled. History has shown that information finds a way to get to those who seek it. In the case of the 1980s, videos and published material from foreign sources were routinely smuggled into the Philippines and disseminated to fuel the “revolution”.

If that circumventing of media controls was possible in the analogue 80s imagine the impossibility of depriving the public of information in the digital 21st Century. Robredo, yet again, exhibits the very dumbness that attracted the thriving Robredo meme industry that prompted her to call for social media censorship to begin with.

This is the reason the Opposition fail to win elections nowadays. It is because they rely on stupid “thought leaders”. They should re-evaluate their strategy and distance themselves from people who make them look stupid.