Friday, July 11, 2014

Usapang names: The Tito Bhoy effect


When it comes to naming children, Filipinos are among the most creative (and cruel, depending on how things go) people in the world. It’s actually a wonder that there are no national laws being strictly enforced (if they exist at all) about how we name our kids. If you think that a naming law is silly, think about it this way: Denmark, for example, has a list of acceptable names. If you want to name your child with something that isn’t on the list, you have to get church and government approval – and still follow rules for gender and conventional surnames.
So, how do we codify the Filipino way?

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Don’t be a Drone: Some reflections on how people are with their jobs

By: Richard Leo Ramos

There will be heaps of advice, on how you shouldn’t stay too long in one job, and always look for better pay, and higher rank. If you have kids, then it’s even more important to find a job that will take care of them. Once you have more resources, you’ll find time for your hobbies and interests.

It’s the perfect lifestyle. However, you have to ask yourself: does it get to be repetitive? Is it a bit of drudgery? Many people will instantly tell you that, of course, you have to learn to love the job, or at least find a job close to your interests that pays well. And it you don’t like the job, then you should just suck it up and think of the money, and how it can at least give you the chance to afford a nice hobby that you like.

Does that sound fair? Would you bite that apple? If you do, then what you should do is prevent yourself from becoming a drone.

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Photo: ”Wind him up” by Newtown grafitti, c/o Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Balancing digital freedom and online responsibility

Anonymity and the Internet
The Internet is still as raucous a global community as it should be. However, in the bid for total digital freedom, many people are forgetting that with freedom comes responsibility – even in online communities.
So where do people make mistakes, what makes people cross the line from espousing freedom, to being abusive Internet trolls? Well, it’s not actually a simple situation.
Fighting the “Man”
One important facet of the issue about freedom of speech and human rights online is that it serves as a release-valve for social pressures. The online world is where people now take their soapbox issues and grievances, be it legitimate or not. In that way, it is actually a sort of social equalizer, in that as long as you have access, it does not matter if you are rich or poor. You have a voice, and that is very important.

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