Challenge 7 winner: THE RELEVANCE OF OLD MEDIA AND CARLOS CONDE IS THAT THEY ARE IRRELEVANT

Blog Awards Challenge 7 Winner (Excellence): The Philippine Daily Idiot

Winning Entry Title: THE RELEVANCE OF OLD MEDIA AND CARLOS CONDE IS THAT THEY ARE IRRELEVANT [Original Link]

Winning entry is reprinted below.
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A B S T R A C T

I am suddenly marshaled into answering these QUESTIONS at the Blog Awards Challenge blog. I’m hooked:

1. Is Old Media still relevant in the blogosphere?
2. Are there means to regain the glory of old journalism?
3. Is blogging light years away from being acceptable means for credible journalism? What are the alternatives and where do you think is the proper place of blogging in the grand scheme of media consumption in the 21st century?

OKEY, blogging is ascending and Old Media is supposedly taking a beating. BTW, Old Media is our shorthand for the traditional tri-media of print, radio and tv.

My conclusion: Scroll down.

FIRST QUESTION. So, is Old Media still relevant in the blogosphere?

Answer: A big It is.

FIRST OF ALL, in the unlikely event that I, self-important blogger, will be weaned from my daily cud of self-important Op-Ed pieces in the Philippine Star, I’d be sad.

I would miss thrashing Old Media.

FOR EXAMPLE, I’ve been asking no end: How the hell did Dr. Charles Chante become an Op-Ed page columnist at the Philippine Star?

With kindof due respect to the doctor, I am nevertheless shocked by his writing, which I could do by Googling and cut-and-pasting.

BUT MORE THAN THAT, I would terribly miss pseudo-meta-analyzing the news stories in Old Media.

HENCE, with no Charles Chante to thrash, without the source to bash and parody, with no media reference to footnote my thrashing fits, I’d be like being cast adrift at sea with no land in sight.

What would be the point of my existence now?

SO GET READY FOR THIS. I’m seeing daylight. The paradox is beginning to be clear: Old Media’s relevance is that it is irrelevant. Get the idea.

(Ok, I’ll give it to you. Old Media’s pretense is the perfect foil for our free-wheeling blogosphere. Naks. What dya think?)

SECOND QUESTION: Are there means to regain the glory of old journalism?

Answer: Yes, by becoming relevant in ways other than the relevance of irrelevance.

All of Old Media is SELF-CONSCIOUS about the rap of irrelevance.

By putting up websites and hiring bloggers, the old doddering media has co-opted the blogosphere, and is thus relevant anew.

POT AND KETTLE

Those bloggers accusing Old Media of crap and lost glory are a case of the pot taking, well, potshots at the crappy kettle. Yawn.

You see, Google a keyword and hope you don’t end up in a blogsite that’s either half-crappy or well, just downright full of crap – like one pseudo-blog put up by a jilted lover out to spite her lover-priest.

To illustrate more: CARLOS CONDE’S MAKING A MOLEHILL OUT OF A MOUNTAIN

If I were this expletive-deleted Carlos Conde, and blogged that the Eraserheads reunion gig at the Fort was a sham, I’d still be able to lure with the right tags and keywords the thousands of netizens into buying my belittling of the Eraserheads.

IN OTHER WORDS, most of the blogosphere is bereft of self-censorship and editorial oversight. It’s cold and violent and misleading out there unless Google directs you ASAP to the commonsensical blogs.

In that sense, Carlos Conde, complicating himself as a member of Old Media, inadvertently self-critiqued himself as a blogger, sortof, in an outstanding case of foot-in-the-mouth disease.

NONETHELESS:

1) The blogosphere is no doubt FREER than the supposed free Free Press, radio, and TV.

2) The blogosphere is more democratized than Old Media as it even empowers the common grammarless blogger.

3) It is unhindered by the need to have ads and commercial breaks.

4) It allows for the GENUINE conversation on issues among anonymous+unnamed+self-identified commenters+bloggers.

IRONY OF IRONIES
IT’S IRONIC and HYPOCRITICAL that people from the Old Media, those who have turned to blogging, like the notorious and caricaturized Eraserheads detractor Carlos Conde, decry the anonymity of commenters whose candor is brutal.

These Old-Media types are now nostalgic for the censorship and editorial oversight in Old Media.

I MEAN, I forgot to mention the reason for the hypocrisy there: Aren’t the Old Media people adamant in protecting the ID of many of their story sources so that these sources can speak their minds freely?????

DOWNRIGHT HYPOCRITICAL AND IDIOTIC!

The keyword here is freedom. It is what the blogosphere is running on.

STILL, let’s not go overboard

In spite of the transcendent nature of the blogosphere, the geopolitical reality means that we Filipinos are still tethered to the dynamics of the Third World.

THAT IS, the question How can Old Media regain old glory? is premature at best. To ask such a question assumes that the glory is lost and smacks of being out of touch with the 3D reality on the ground, and of too much internet surfing.

Glory lost? Where?

In the Third World where internet penetrance is third-worldish, Old Media is still king. It could be relevant if only for that reason.

The blogger is cut down to size. The netizen is just a citizen. The net is the fish net.

THIRD QUESTION/S: Is blogging light years away from being acceptable means for credible journalism? What are the alternatives and where do you think is the proper place of blogging in the grand scheme of media consumption in the 21st century?

The place is right here right now.
Bloggers doing credible journalism are just sooo now, man. (Maybe except Carlos Conde.)

Heard of TalkingPointsMemo.com?

In the US where internet is accessible, a lot of Old-Media outfits are downsizing in the face of blogs that do Old-Media journalism (like TalkingPointsMemo.com). This is aside from the websites of the Old Media.

PLUS, blogging quickens the reporting via the grammarless common tao performing real-time citizen’s journalism that’s less authoritative but never bogged down by editorial oversight and worry over ads and style and grammar and formats anathema to subheadings like the “NONETHELESS” subheading above, which is bleeding to the margin (or is it just my browser?).

FOR EXAMPLE, when the Eraserheads planned the reunion concert, bloggers blogged about it ahead of Old Media.

Now, if you will excuse me, before I even thrash Old Media, I need to read it. On a lazy Sunday, maybe the one shining relevance of newspapers is that they can withstand my short attention span. While I source the internet for quick bites of data, the newspapers and FHMs are for easing out and lying back for a long leisurely read on a lazy Sunday morning.

Good morning. Later, the thrashing.
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TBAC 08: Teach me eroticism in school, please

According to a research paper by Landry DJ et al. on “Abstinence promotion and the provision of information about contraception in public school district sexuality education policies,” more than two out of three public school districts in the U.S. have a policy to teach sex education. Eighty-six percent of the public school districts that have a policy to teach sex education require that abstinence be promoted. Past results showed evidence that comprehensive sex education programs that provide information about both abstinence and contraception can help delay the onset of sexual activity among teens, reduce their number of sexual partners and increase contraceptive use when they become sexually active (Dailard C, 2002, op. cit. and Kirby D, 2001, op. cit.)

We at TBAC thought about the efficacy of introducing sex education into school curriculums, especially in a Christian country like the Philippines. The Department of Education (DepEd) attempted to bring forward the program on “sex education”, which was seen as a positive step by the United Nations Fund for Population Activities. The plan was to integrate “sex education” to the general curriculum, beginning 5th grade, via subjects like Health, Filipino, Science, and Livelihood education. The objectives were to educate the young minds on the issue of overpopulation and raise awareness on the dangers of pre-marital sex, including “unwanted pregnancies”.

But, everything went down the drain due to the strong defiance by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP). In a country with around 85 percent Catholics, the CBCP believes that sex education into the public schools would encourage teenagers to undertake premarital sex rather than remain abstinent, and emphasizes that sex education is the parents’ responsibility, not the government’s.

Is the Philippines not ready for “sex education” in the public school curriculum, just yet? Do you think the program will work in Catholic/Christian-dominated countries? What are your thoughts about sex education in schools? What are the advantages and disadvantages of the program? Would you prefer to learn sex from Ma and Pa, or from Maam and Sir?

We pose these questions to you for our Blog Award Challenge no. 8.


Few reminders:
1. Minimum of 700 words and a maximum of 1,500 (Longer entries will only be considered upon judges discretion, or if it really upholds the caliber of excellence to merit consideration.)

2. You can write in either Filipino or English in any style you wish to write (humorous, sentimental, romantic, argumentative etc).

3. Leave the exact link/URL of your entry (not the URL of your blog, but the entry) here at the comment section of this post. NO entry link should be submitted in the Cbox/Tagboard.

4. You have until the 26th of October to submit your entries.

5. Entry links will not appear in the comment section until the deadline date to prevent idea theft.

6. Those who participated in the previous challenge can still join. [rule no.11]

7. Participants must place this line at the end of the post: “This is my entry to the Blog Challenge 08: Teach me eroticism in school, Please”, with the corresponding backlink to this challenge. [Link to this challenge]

Read the complete rules.

Join the Challenge and be part of “Book Me for TBAC“.

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Blog Challenge 6 Winners and Blog Challenge 7 Entries!

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Book Me for TBAC

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The Blog Award Challenge was conceived with one goal in mind: The desire to encourage good writing and recognize distinctive voices floating in the overwhelming expanse of the blogosphere. 

It is envisioned to be a convenient place for bloggers to discover each other, linked together by pleasure for well-penned entries that feature strong points of view, style, humor, arguments or sheer entertainment value.

We have taken notice of many recreational badges being bestowed on one another by bloggers who hope to increase links and respective site traffic. Similar tactics are employed through blog popularity polls where a blogger with the most number of loyal friends and voters are awarded the highest merits, while noteworthy blogs remain obscure. We pondered these discrepancies and we discovered several bloggers expressing the same sentiments.

Thus an idea popped: We will create an independent award-giving platform. The kind of award based on peer respect and not on popularity. The kind of award where quality writing takes the center stage and merits are bestowed free of phantom/anonymous voters and technical manipulation. The kind of award that strives to rise above the rampant amateurish blather that incubates rapidly in cyberspace.

We also made a conscious decision not to hand out cash prizes or similar expensive tokens because TBAC is not envisioned to be a money-making gambit for its founders (aside from the obvious fact that TBAC organizers are not swimming in cash or board members in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation): It all boils down to the love of writing. When we all started our blogs we were not motivated by money but the need to express our thoughts in a distinctive way. This is not to say that creation of blogs focused on moneymaking is not a good idea—earning money out of blogging is a good and easy enterprise, but our pursuit is finding and recognizing blog talents, earn the admiration and respect of like-minded bloggers, and not run a cash contest.

However there is one significant detail we haven’t openly disclosed: Since the very moment of conception of The Blog Award Challenge we were already thinking of publishing a book*. Yes a book compiling the best written submissions in TBAC. We feel that this book project will be a worthwhile documentation of the pioneering bloggers whose creative talents outshine the flash of new technology. Besides, cash prizes are easily spent but being included in the TBAC book project is a tangible testament of talent that no passing technology and glitzy events can effectively capture.

( * Winning entries and selected finalists will be included in the book project. Published bloggers will be furnished free copies as a token for participation in the challenges. The above illustration/image is a visual rendering of the TBAC book project and do not necessarily represent the final design, layout and format of the book to be published.)

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Blog Challenge 6 Winners and Blog Challenge 7 Entries!

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C6 Winners and C7 Entries

Blog Challenge 6 Winners!

Winners for the Blog Challenge 6 are now posted! Congratulations to the winners. You can now claim your distinction badges.

Blog Challenge 7 Entries!

The finalists for the “Blog Awards Challenge 7: Bloggermania: Challenging The Platforms Of Old Media” are now up for voting.

The entries will now compete for blogger votes, which will count for 20% of the final score. Final tally of scores and results will be posted on October 24th.

See the top 3 entries and vote for your favorites!

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Important!

Please come back for Challenge 8 to be posted soon.

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Blog Challenge 07: Bloggermania: Challenging The Platforms Of Old Media

Mainstream media is steadily assaulted with various accusations: from credibility issues, journalistic ethics, to foul practices, transparent biases and envelope journalism. It has come to a point that certain pundits have proposed the abolition of traditional media to give credence to blogging wave.

Challenge Number 07: Is traditional media still relevant in a blogging world? Conversely: Like Wikipedia, is blogging light years away from being acceptable means for credible journalism? Are there means to regain the glory of old journalism? What are the alternatives and where do you think is the proper place of blogging in the grand scheme of media consumption in the 21st century?


Few reminders:
1. Minimum of 700 words and a maximum of 1,500 (Longer entries will only be considered upon judges discretion, or if it really upholds the caliber of excellence to merit consideration.)

2. You can write in either Filipino or English in any style s/he wishes to write (humorous, sentimental, romantic, argumentative etc).

3. Leave the exact link/URL of your entry (not the URL of your blog, but the entry) here at the comment section of this post. NO entry link should be submitted in the Cbox/Tagboard.

4. You have until the 19th of September to submit your entries.

5. Entry links will not appear in the comment section until the deadline date to prevent idea theft.

6. Those who participated in the previous challenge can still join. [rule no.11]

7. Participants must place this line at the end of the post: “This is my entry to the Blog Challenge 07: Bloggermania, Challenging The Platforms Of Old Media”, with the corresponding backlink to this challenge. [Link to this challenge]

To read the complete rules, here.

Thank you for joining and enjoy the challenge!

Blog Challenge 5 Winners!

Winners for the Blog Challenge 5 are now posted! Congratulations to the winners. You can now claim your distinction badges.

Blog Challenge 6 Entries!

The finalists for the “Blog Awards Challenge 6: The Virtual Vice” are now up for voting.

The entries will now compete for blogger votes, which will count for 20% of the final score. Final tally of scores and results will be posted on September 6th.

See the entries and vote for your favorites!

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Important!

Please come back for Challenge 7 to be posted later.

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