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By Carlo S. Ople I was just reading the latest articles on the recently concluded Anti C on-Ass rally on Inquirer.Net. According to the police, this rally had the lowest turnout, around 6,000 based on their estimates. The organizers, on the other hand, claim that they had 13,000-15,000 warm bodies. You got to ask yourself the question: despite all the outrage this issue has generated, why only 15,000 pe ople went to the streets? I'm sure there are varied reasons but at the end of the day the measurement of success for events like this is the number of participants. Sadly 15,000 is not representative of the majority of the Filipino people and can easily be dismis sed by the politicians pushing for Con Ass. However, the good news is that on the Internet, we have almost double the numbe r of the people who went to the rally sign up on the "Stop Con Ass Now" cause on F acebook. As of this writing, there are almost 28,000 sign-ups on the cause. With that in mind, I came up with this short article explaining the strengths of Cyberactivism and why it should be taken seriously not just by the proponents, but also by politicians and organizers who want to provide a platform for the ci tizens to be part of a cause. Physical Rallies can be Inconvenient Let's face it, life these days is hard. Missing a day of work means a salary de duction or a lost vacation/sick leave. The reality is a lot of Filipinos will n ot "pay" to be part of a rally by missing work. I think this was the biggest hu rdle a lot of office workers had to face in Makati when they wanted to join the rally last night. This was the sentiment of several colleagues I have here in the office. Rallies also need a convergence point. You physically have to be in one spot on a specific time to be able to make the effort count. This literally makes the rally limited since those who are outside of Manila, especially those in Visaya s and Mindanao, cannot participate because they won't buy a plane ticket and fl y all the way here to protest Con Ass. Virtual Rallies, on the other hand, are completely the opposite. All you need t o have to be part of it is to have access to the Internet. The good thing these days is that there are more than 10,000+ Internet cafes spread all over the Ph ilippines and most of them charge very reasonable and affordable rates. There are a few cafes in Davao that charge as low as P5/hour. By going to the w orldwide web, you transcend the inconveniences brought about by physical rallie s. You're still counted and your part of the movement without having to spend t hat much time, resources, and effort. Physical Rallies end when they're finished This, I think, is the biggest weakness of physical rallies. When the crowd disp erses, the event ends, especially if there were only a few or an average number of attendees. Other succeeding rallies are usually treated as separate efforts and they don't really all add up in terms of metrics. And that I think is one of the strongest qualities of Virtual Rallies. The mome nt a person joins, he's in it for the long haul. The count is cumulative regard less of the time and space. As long as the website is up and running, people wi ll be counted. That's the reason why the Facebook Cause against Con Ass is alre ady nearing 30,000 sign-ups. Imagine if we give it more time? That number will continue to grow and eventually might even end up more than 100,000. What is more effective in pushing for a cause? An unsure attendance of 6,000-15 ,000 in a rally in Makati or a virtual representation of more than 100,000? Organizers of the Anti Con Ass Campaign should really take Cyberactivism seriou sly. Given the right firepower, the Facebook approach might actually be more ef fective in the long run. Carlo Ople is the main author of New Media Philippines (http://newmedia.com .ph), a blog that aims to help Filipinos maximize and realize the potential of New Media. Apart from being a blogger, Carlo also serves as a Marketing Manager for one of the leading online gaming companies in the Philippines. He is also a freelance digital marketing consultant and has worked with various politician s and business owners expand their reach and influence through the use of socia l media. Read more about him at New Media Philippines (http://newmedia.com.ph)< /em>
By Anna Valmero INQUIRER.net SOCIAL networking sites continue to evolve and now shape up for a new career: i n the political arena. At Facebookâs News Feed menu, you can identify friends w ho are attending the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama online . In the study "Social Network Sites: Definition, History, and Scholarship" by Da nah M. Boyd and Nicole B. Ellison, one of the first recognizable social network site launched is SixDegrees.com (1997), as well as Classmates.com which starte d in 1995. Today, social networking sites abound boasting different features, such as mult imedia sharing, links, messaging and micro-blogging. Previously, social networking sites linked up long-lost friends and even strangers, allowing them to interact via personal messages, blogs, file an d link sharing applications, and comment posts. In addition to building online communities, social networking sites have evolved to become tools for product o r self promotion, business, knowledge sharing, news and now, politics. Looking back at the turnout of people on the Internet during Obamaâs inaugurati on, millions have trooped to the Internet to witness this historic event in American history, as they expressed hope, se tup pages for Oba ma on Facebook and kept themselves updated through Twitter. To follow Obama, bloggers worldwide, such as U.S.-based Filipino Rheynz, has po sted a slew of articles at the blogging site Reyna Elena.com on how to view the inauguration as it happened. It has been a refreshing perspective that through social networking sites, peop le can again come together and share their feelings about a historic moment, In ternet-style. What do you think will be the next role of social networking sites? Do you thin k it can cause more "change"?
As I'm writing this, I'm watching the unfolding of a historic event in American history over the Internet. Thanks to CNN.com and Facebook, I can now watch president-elect Barac k Obama's inauguration on the web--wirelessly, that is. What makes this event interesting is I'm getting this supposed "live" stream fr om CNN over my wireless connection of 1.8Mbps. There are slight pauses. But so far, my connection is not giving up on me. To make things more spicy, I can see people in my Facebook network logged on to this CNN Live streaming video in partnership with the popular social networkin g website. Now, I can chat with fellow Facebook addicts from the Philippines. One Facebook user says this is going to change how Presidential inaugurations a re covered. And the social network aspect of it is simply brilliant. Score one for CNN and Facebook. Another was wondering how many Filipinos are watching thi s live feed. Judging from the comments that are coming in by the minute (or sec onds), a lot. I also found from fellow Facebook friends that this online video streaming service is different from what you see on cable TV!
By Alexander Villafania INQUIRER.net SAN JUAN City, Manila â They start late at night, with bags of junk food and pi zzas. They sit on floors covered with mattresses and small tables and put their footwear on the cold cement. Around them are paintings and sculptures from fin e arts students and their mentors. It's a scene typical of an art gala but peop le here are not talking just about art -- they're hoping to share in national c hange through their blogs. And at the last small and intimate gathering at the My Little Art Place in San Juan City, the group of amateur and professional bloggers talks about how blogg ing is changing information dissemination. The event is simply called Philippine Bloggers' Night. Essentially, the event i s a workshop on creating a blog and how individuals and other institutions are using it. Some bloggers gave insights about how they built their blogs and what they focus on. Others shared how media companies are adapting to the changes b rought about by the Internet. The realization is that media is not the gatekeep er of information anymore. The power to disseminate has also been given to the ordinary individual. Of course, being in an art place, the event also has some creative essence to i t. Percussionist Paul Zialcita showed some of his instruments, such as a daiko- like drum that is actually made out of a garbage can and a drum made out of a h alf-filled water gallon placed on top of the opening of a hand-made baby walker . There is also a performance by "spokenword" artist Miko Pepito and recording artist Nityalila. The event is organized by a group of bloggers calling themselves Flippyknows, whose name is a p lay of the word "Filipino." Just as their tagline says, "Because the Filipino K nows," the group focuses on encouraging Filipinos to develop their creativity a nd also on technology. For this particular night, the group also partnered with Team RP, who is advocating change in the so ciety for the sake of truth, accountability and reform. After a successful night, both groups are hoping to continue holding such event s to encourage people to get involved in social issues while enjoying creativit y at its simplest.
Editor's Note: Updated and clarified quoted statement. The Philippines' first Wordcamp Philippines, a boot camp for free blogging platform Wordpress, nears, according to organizers. Led by Mindanao-based bloggers, the Wordcamp Philippines aims to bring both use rs and developers of the Wordpress. It also aims to bring together Filipino ent husiasts using this platform for the first time. According to this blog, the Wordcamp Philippines i s scheduled to happen on September 6, 2008 at the College of St. Benilde in Met ro Manila. Wordcamp Philippines is organized by Mindanao-based bloggers Oliver Robillo, Ma ria Jose, Migs Hipolito, Winston Almendras and Andrew dela Serna. Various Wordcamps have been held in the US and other parts of the world because it has become popular platform for web publishing.
By Alex Villafania INQUIRER.net NOW on its fourth year, the recently held iBlog blogging forum at the Universit y of the Philippines Diliman Law Center showcased different aspects of blogging , with several bloggers serving as speakers. Charo Nuguid, who maintains The Geekette Speaketh, gave first-time bloggers an overview of b logging, as well as resources where users can get tools that will get them into the social networking scene. Controversial Australian blogger Brian Gorrell also made his presence felt in the event thr ough a video blog that welcomed the participants. Gorrell emphasized the need f or people to speak out their minds. However, he cautioned that while blogging c an be a form of communication, bloggers will almost always receive flak from th ose who do not agree with certain missives. Nevertheless, Gorrell stressed that bloggers should continue with their craft. As blogging becomes a powerful communication tool, some have taken the concept to the next level as professional bloggers. One example is computer engineering student blogger Juan Kar lo Licudine, who shared his experience as a problogger who earns an income through blogging. The young Licudine explained that he has found a niche in problogging. When que ried about how much he earns as a problogger, he said that it could reach as hi gh as $1,000. However, he said problogging also involves risks, in particular the high risk o f failure and lack of useful work experience. "It's also unpredictable and constantly changing," he added. Here's a video I took of Licudine's mom asking him after his presentation if he still needs an allowance. Podcasting and video blogging In the afternoon session, Google country consultant for the Philippines Aileen Apolo and video blogger Coy Caballes introduced podcasts and video blogs. In fact, the two didn't present and instead recorded themselves prior to the event, using a video to explain what podcasts and vide o blogs are. Apolo also spoke a bit about video blogging as a form of citizen journalism, wh erein a video blogger can serve as a journalist by submitting their videos to a n online media site. Although quite new, Apolo and Caballes said video blogging can create new concepts not normally used in traditional broadcast media. Here's Apolo responding to a question on video blogging as a form of news repor ting, and pointing out the difference between bloggers and journalists. With he r is Caballes. Blogging and 2010 elections Veteran journalist Luz Rimban and columnist and socio-political analyst Manuel L. Quezon III had their say on what the bl ogging community can contribute to the coverage of the upcoming 2010 elections. This was the main highlight of the iBlog4 summit and at some point prepared bl oggers for what they can do. Rimban and Quezon had different approaches as to the responsibilities of the bl ogger but agreed that bloggers, with their wide social network, can play a role in ensuring clean and honest elections in 2010. Rimban narrated that media outfits had limitations in coverages and so bloggers had filled up some of the gaps. Rimban said that in the 2010 elections, blogge rs can again fill the gaps that mainstream media could not cover. Bloggers can even report about stories not normally reported in broadcast or print. "Citizen journalists can help reconnect the public with the political processes , revive interest in elections, and create a sense of community among voters," Rimban said. For his part, Quezon emphasized the need to spur on voters against corruption, saying that a blogger covering the election should be a "pain-in-the-ass." On t he other hand, he noted that the low level of acceptance by voters of bloggers' reportage of the elections could go beyond 2010 when more Filipinos get access to broadband Internet connection, especially in the provinces. "It may take until 2016 for blogging to make an impact," Quezon said. In this video, Rimban answers a question about tapping bloggers for news covera ge. With her in the video is Quezon. Meanwhile, lawyer JJ Disini talked about the legal culpability of bloggers when it comes to copyright infringement and libelous statements. He cited the examp le of blogger Gorrell, who made allegations on the wayward lifestyles of member s of high society. Here's a video of Disini talking about the copyright issues that bloggers must take into account and explaining the concept of fair use. Editor's note: Videos taken by INQUIRER.net community evangelist Alex Villa fania.
FILIPINO bloggers and fans mobbed Filipino-American video blogger Christine "HappySlip" G ambito during a "meet and greet" event with local bloggers and fans. More than 100 Filipino bloggers and fans came to the event held at the Mag:net Cafe on Bonifacio High Stre et in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City. The event was organized by the Department of Tourism and Internet portal Yehey! Local bloggers and fans were initially given a chance to ask several questions, which Gambito answered readily with a tinge of humor. She then gave each fan a chance to meet her up close. Among the fans who came were children. "I feel so great meeting Christine. This is a one in a million chance to meet s omeone like her. That's the beauty of the Internet. Unfocused offline audiences can trample you at a meet and greet. Online audiences are more targeted, valua ble and easier to handle" said Mike Abundo who has been blogging for three years. Manuel Vilori a, also a blogger who creates how-to videos online, saidÂ he was surprised Â by the popularity of Gambito. "I didn't know she was this popular here," said Viloria, who was among the loca l bloggers who came to the event. Gambito is a Filipino-American video blogger who has become a celebrity online, as she created video clips based on family-inspired characters. She plays all the characters in her videos. Talking about her trip to the Philippines, Gambito said she felt "humbled" by t he attention she was getting from local bloggers and fans. She again turned emo tional as she shared her reasons for doing her video blogs. "It all comes from the heart," she said, answering one question from a blogger. Carrying her photos, a poster and other merchandise Gambito was selling during the event, the bloggers and fans lined up to have her sign them. During her talk, fans and bloggers openly declared their admiration. One blogger asked her if she was interested in doing video blogs about the poli tical situation in the country. To this, she replied: "Let's enjoy the country. " Gambito admitted she's now getting offers to do shows on television and film, b ut declined to give details. Josh Verdes, cousin of Gambito, also gave his own set of fans a treat, singing original compositions.
A GROUP of teachers will be talking about blogs as alternative tools for education. The Bloggers Kapihan< /a> has invited two well-known teachers who use "old" and new tools of web publ ishing to extend learning beyond the classroom. Sharing their experiences are < a href="http://sirmartin.wordpress.com/" target="_blank">Martin Perez of th e Philippine Science High School and Danny Arao of the Department of Journalism of the UP College of Mass Communications. More details:
The BK Crew presents Bloggersâ Kapihan 2.0: Blog Ed 101. This time around, let us tackle the importance of blogging in learning, learning in blogging and blogging as a tool for alternative education. The even t will be held on October 13, 2007, 1:30 p.m. at the R amon Magsaysay High School in Quezon City. Blog Ed 101 is in cooperation with the Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT), a nationwide network of educators from different schools, colleges and universiti es.Tonchi Tinio, chairperson of the Alliance of Concerned Teachers, will also dive into the controversial CyberEducation Project of the Department of Education d uring the event.
ONE of the things that struck me most wh ile covering the Philippine Blog Awards Saturday night was the invocation of Fr. Stephen Cuyos, who is hi mself a blogger and podcast host. At times as humorous as it was heartfelt, the good priest's prayer was a timely reminder ofÂ our need to be responsible bloggers. Sure, we blog for different reasons, and as I've said many times, including in this bl og post for CNET Asia, bloggers are not journalists, and journalists, even though we may blog, are journalists first, with different standards, different values, than bloggers. This does not mean, however, that we cannot celebrate our differences, and lear n from each other. Frankly, the danger I see now in everyone'sÂ mad rush to be come bloggers, and of companies, politicians and other groups to court the favo r of bloggers, is that people may no longer see the need for objectivity, orÂ l earn to distinguish press releases from real stories. In our desire to personalize all content, will we only hear the truth we want t o hear? Will we filter information that doesn't conform to our preconceived not ions of the truth, and end up only reinforcing our own prejudices? In the thrill of finally getting recognition as bloggers, willÂ bloggers end up wittingly or unwittingly pimping the products and services of the companies th at seekÂ to generate publicity through the blogosphere? Will they continue blog ging out of passion, or be more concerned withÂ generating revenue,Â increasing traffic and acting as the PR of different companies? Make no mistake about it: these are also temptationsÂ that journalists face, th ese are also tests that someÂ among our ranks might fail. TheÂ difference is th at as journalists weÂ believe in a code of ethics that we must live up to, and we strive to meet the standards of our profession.Â Â As blogging becomes more mainstream, however, what happens when bloggingÂ allow s individuals to exercise power without responsibility? What happens when our l oyalty to our friends is stronger than ourÂ responsibility to our readers?Â Wha t happens when we forget the need to find the truth, no matter who might get hu rt along the way? Here's an excerpt fromÂ Father Cuyos' invocationÂ reprinted in the Infotech article written by INQUIRER.net reporter Erwin O liva, who also covered the Philippine Blog Awards and was one of the finalists in the News and Media category for his blog Cyberbaguioboy:
In a blogger's prayer, Fr. Stephen Cuyos who blogs about Linux and his love for open source, called on bloggers to use this Internet innovation fo r God's work and to be "bloggers for truth." "Help us to be steadfast in our Christian commitment that visitors may find in our blogs a source of encouragement and inspiration. Give us strength to procla im your word, that we may play our part in breaking down the walls of hostility in the world and use our blogs to strengthen the bonds of friendship, solidari ty and love," he prayed.Visit Father Cuyos' blog for a copy of the full prayer.
HERE'S the list of Philippine Blog Awards winners in the major award categories:
Photo Blog --
Fashion and Lifestyle --
Ivan About Town
Podcast -- Happy Slip
Photo Blog --
Fashion and Lifestyle --
Business -- Reflections of a BizDriven Life
News and Media -- In side PCIJ
Ivan About Town E
Entertainment -- Retzwerk
Mist eryosa.com And the special category awards winners are:
- Far from Neutra l for best blog design
- Kwentong Tambay for best OFW blog
- Blu3zin3 for best Free Custom Theme
- iPAP for best plugin/extension blog