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the rebirth March 27, 2006

Posted by benj in Uncategorized.
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Blogs are definitely the rage of the past few months. I’ve been
initiated into this entire exercise of expression about a couple of
years ago, but I stopped keeping the journal when I realized my blog
was becoming as shallow like most of the rest of the blogs on the
internet that are just littered with online test results, rants about
how their day went and other stuff whose context would only be
understood by a small population of people who are also well-entrenched
in their very private social circle.

My last blog wasn’t that bad – I also used it to showcase my
bands’ music and other creative endeavors. I’d like to think it was a
step above the run-of-the-mill online journal, but in the end, I
couldn’t help but feel that it was just a few notches above what was
mediocre.

That being said, here goes nothing. 🙂 Kudos to these guys for inspiring me to blog again.

1 2 Hopefully this attempt doesn’t go for naught.

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Reality: and why it’s worth escaping from March 27, 2006

Posted by benj in Uncategorized.
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Just like in the US, the power and influence of the
political/societal observer cum-blogger has become undeniable in the
Filipino setting. Despite the fact that a good fraction of the
Philippine population has not yet experienced actually reading a piece
of literature that someone else wrote during his idle moments in his
boring eight-to-five workday, there is a growing sense of community
within the Bloggers’ group. Who could blame them? Aside from the fact
that their numbers are indeed growing, people from the opinionated
middle class and the elite have also taken their thoughts to
cyberspace. The community is now densely packed with people belonging
to different sectors (from the scion of former presidents, broadcasters and the current toast of email forwarders everywhere) of lay society who are connected in one way, shape or form.

That
is the blogging world as we know it – a microcosm of society filled
with buzz, rants and (few if any) raves about how the government has
performed (but most of the time it’s really on how much the government
has fared poorly). It’s a forum wherein almost all permutations of
possible solutions to the nation’s greatest problems have been cited.
This side of the blogging community has indeed become a ‘real’
community – the only thing that keeps it from being real of course is
the medium. It’s practically reliving what has transpired in real time
in a post-mortem report as seen by dozens of other people. There is a
sense of virtuality to it all considering 99% of the words said in
blogs wouldn’t really have palpable physical manifestation in the real
world.

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Sometimes, I really think it over. Why
don’t I write pieces similar to how these other great journalists have
deemed it fit? In the end, I came to the conclusion that I choose to be
more wary of a different ‘world’ than what these other people are aware
of. Since most of they have already assumed the other more…

+++To be continued