Getting Juan’s Attention

I kept on wondering what to write about since this is my first ever blog entry here on DF. I never thought that blogging could be so challenging when you’re feeling a bit pressured. I volunteered to write blogs for DF because it seemed very appealing to someone like me living abroad. Just the fact that I get to write for Filipino readers made me really excited. I mean, come to think of it, getting people’s attention is very difficult, especially that of the ‘Pinoys.’ I used to watch news online (don’t do it much often now) and check what’s going on back in the Philippines and I can’t help but notice the amount of time and effort the media spends just to get the Filipinos watching (or reading for the matter).

Media in the Philippines is solely based on sensationalism that (excuse me for the word) even the fart of a known actor or actress or anyone famous makes it to primetime news and to the covers of the next day papers. Isn’t it absurd that everything you see on TV seems to be always connected to some known face? It appears that you can always get the common ‘Pinoy’ glued on television if it’s about a famous TV/movie actress breaking up with his recent boyfriend (or husband) or some sex scandal that involves a sexy star and a hunky doctor.

They say that the population dictates the trends in broadcasting meaning the media only gives us what we want but then again, are ‘Pinoys’ really that shallow? I suppose everyone loves ‘chismis’ or gossip (because people like to gloat and feel “joy” over the miseries of others) yet it’s very unnerving to realize that the media uses this same human flaw to get people’s undivided attention. It’s a cheap trick but it does work and TV shows get high ratings sensationalizing very trivial events in the lives of Kris Aquino or Manny Pacquiao. We are facing difficult times and our country is more impoverished than ever yet the media focuses on providing us these information that we don’t necessarily need. It saddens me that people won’t give as much attention to the growing number of poor people on the streets as to Kris and James’s split up. Are their lives (aside from the fact that their from showbusiness) more important than those of the common ‘Pinoy’? It’s hard to admit, but the media makes these things seem more interesting than, say, your own marital problems or that of your neighbour. I’m not trying to say that Kris Aquino’s break up with James Yap is not worth hearing or reading about (just like when she had gonorrhoea), it’s just that, don’t we have more important things to focus on other than talking about their problems?

Saksi: Kris Aquino confirms breakup with James Yap

I like hearing gossip, don’t get me wrong, but the media today is so much focused on sensationalizing scandals that it makes me want not to watch TV Patrol or 24 Oras online. It’s tedious seeing the same faces and hearing the same names that don’t have any relevance to me or to the things I want to know, like what’s happening in the Philippines and how are we addressing the crisis, the unemployment rate or the ever growing number of Pinoys. Are we trying to be blind from the truth and not solve the imminent problems our country is facing by allowing the media to provide these kind of diversions? Or this has something to do with the ‘telenovela’ culture of the Filipinos? Either way, I hope that we start showing our concern for our country and stop being dragged into this culture of sensationalism the media keeps shoving to our faces.

About InsearchofIthaca

Clouie loves travelling around the world, learning languages and cooking. After finishing his Master's Degree in International Business Economics and Management, he now aspires to follow his one ultimate dream of becoming a writer and an author.