13 11 / 2013
right. so i haven’t been on tumblr lately, if only because real life demands you know. i’m breaking my fandom hiatus for a signal boost on just a fraction of how media represents the aftermath of typhoon yolanda.
yolanda affected a lot of areas in the visayas region, not just three or four cities. most of them aren’t even given media coverage, and if they do, such as in the case of tacloban, local media has a tendency to distort events for a more hysterical representation.
antique, ormoc, guiuan etc. are also affected. please check some of the links if you want to know more:
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151765289562883&set=a.49728842882.63550.712262882&type=1&ref=nf (plea for media coverage and pictures of the aftermath of the typhoon in antique)
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=370985686370034&set=a.342253699243233.1073741828.342204532581483&type=1&relevant_count=1 (plea for coverage and updates for camotes islands)
there are many more tbh. if you’ve seen the path of the storm as it entered and exited the country, you’d know that it hit a lot of areas under signal 4.
so why is the media coverage by local stations problematic? check out these posts:
to quote: “To those of you sharing these reports that there is looting and somewhat general anarchy already in all of Leyte. There might be some incidents but PLEASE we implore you DO NOT SENSATIONALIZE these reports just to get good ratings.”
“The media are another matter. They tend to arrive obsessed with property (and the headlines that assaults on property can make). Media outlets often call everything looting and thereby incite hostility toward the sufferers as well as a hysterical overreaction on the part of the armed authorities. Or sometimes the journalists on the ground do a good job and the editors back in their safe offices cook up the crazy photo captions and the wrongheaded interpretations and emphases.”
it only ends up making more people panic and absolutely not helpful at all to boost their morale or contribute to peacekeeping for their community.
also, articles like these just show how hilariously misguided the media can be on their priorities:
i mean yes, that’s great for atom araullo but isn’t a little too soon to focus more on his deeds than what actually happened?
and also nit-picking on other country’s donations isn’t going to help build goodwill no matter what.
from this article in the atlantic, one of the top-rated comments there just show how influential that kind of reporting is, not just to filipinos but to the international community.
if you’re interested to know more on what’s happening from people who have actually been there (apart from the media and public personalities such as the politicians), here are a couple of posts for more info.
i am sharing them so there’s more representation of what is actually happening there apart from what we can get from the media. although truth be told, whatever information that is conveyed from the media or through social media accounts is only a fraction of what is really happening.
most of the affected areas aren’t easily accessible and there’s no available electricity for most of the people.
"Step down your high horse from time to time. Dont be so quick to judge looters…"
"These tv personalities and politicians majority are a piece of shit. Mar Roxas and his body guards never helped us retrieve families trapped on the cottages on the hotel that we were staying or assisted in helping the wounded. They just walked around clean tidy as if they couldnt be bothered…."
"It might look like chaos i guess thats what they want to show you, but there are police patrols…dont think for once that they are not doing their jobs, their manpower is spread so thin why? Because some of them are dead."
i compiled these links for the purpose of not only giving more signal boost to the affected, but also as a reminder on how they’re represented. local media should stop aiming for those news-worthy ratings and you know, think more on how to disseminate the right information to really help the people.
27 10 / 2013
"This is not ‘Twilight’, some guy with a James Dean hair cut running around trees because that’s YA, that’s sort of for little girls who wet themselves. This isn’t about that.
What we’re making is something that is much more adult than that. I’m not looking for a 14 or a 15 year old to sit and watch this. I’m looking for a 26-35 to 45 year old who will actually know what it’s like to be divorced, lose a child, lose a job and to fall in love."
Jonathan Rhys Meyers on his targeted demographic for Dracula
Ah, yes. Because the best way to promote your new show is to, firstly, hate on something that others genuinely enjoy; and secondly, to dismiss teenagers as “little girls who wet themselves”, incapable of grasping serious issues, emotionally and intellectually, simply because they haven’t experienced them first-hand. (Also, JRM evidently hasn’t read any YA fiction, which frequently deals with profound and horrific subject matter, and is frequently daring and groundbreaking.)
05 8 / 2013
A dramatic Shakespearean response to every situation
- 1: True is it that we have seen better days.
- 2: O woe! O woeful, woeful, woeful day! Most lamentable day. Most woeful day That ever, ever I did yet behold! O day, O day, O day! O hateful day! Never was seen so black a day as this.O woeful day! O woeful day!
- 3: The Devil can cite scripture for his purpose.
- 4: FRAILTY, THY NAME IS WOMAN!
- 5: BLOW, BLOW, BLOW, THOU WINTER WIND! THOU ART NOT SO UNKIND AS MAN'S INGRATITUDE!
- 6: MY CAKE IS DOUGH!
- 7: LORD, WHAT FOOLS THESE MORTALS BE!
- 8: NYMPH, IN THY ORISONS BE ALL MY SINS REMEMBER'D.
- 9: My pride fell with my fortunes
- 10: OH, SHE DOTH TEACH THE TORCHES TO BURN BRIGHT!
- 11: THERE ARE MORE THINGS IN HEAVEN AND EARTH, HORATIO, THEN ARE DREAMT OF IN YOUR PHILOSOPHY.
- 12: The course of true love never did run smooth.
- 13: MUST I HOLD A CANDLE TO MY SHAMES?!
- 14: Good Night, Good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow.