13 thoughts on “The Myth of Social Media and the Intelligent Voter

    1. Tintin Post author

      That’s why it’s even more annoying when people online blame those who don’t have internet access for the election results they didn’t like. Well, what the hell did they do then? How exactly does uploading 10 selfie photos a day or posting some inane, self-absorbed status message help the electoral process?

      I’ve met a lot of people, part of the so-called masses, who are clueless about Facebook but are highly aware of political issues and have sound, informed opinions. And those on social media think they’re smarter just because they’re on Facebook? Stupidity and hubris are a dangerous combination.

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  1. worddruid

    I read this quote on an FB link and it made me think how ironic it was that it’s actually thru Facebook that people get be such:

    “One very important factor is ourselves: most of us become ‘instant political analysts’ once every three years, but remain apathetic and self-centered the rest of the time.”

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    1. Tintin Post author

      People are well within their rights to be self-absorbed if that’s how they want to be on FB or Twitter. Sure, it’s annoying but such is the nature of freedom of expression. But please hold off on the delusional arrogance that you’re better than other people or you’re more knowledgeable about issues just because you’re on that platform.

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  2. Kai

    I like it when you write this kind of stuff, mga non-mountaineering posts. While it does not relate to the most common theme you have here in your blog, it shows how passionate you are about other issues as well. :)

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    1. Tintin Post author

      Thanks, Kai! I like to write about other things once in a while but I also don’t want to alienate readers who are mainly interested in the mountaineering stuff. I’m glad you’re okay with having a varied mix of topics here. :)

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  3. erwinagapay

    What a nice article! I also made a very long article about Nancy Binay here: http://wp.me/p3xMys-o I hope you read it. By the way, I’m 15 and kung makakaboto man ako, I wouldn’t vote for Nancy. Pero siguro mga 20 years from now, marami nang active sa social media like mga kageneration ko ang makakaboto and I hope na magbabago na yung eleksyon natin by that time. :)

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    1. Tintin Post author

      Hi Erwin! Thanks for your comment. Good job on the blog post. Your political awareness is impressive and I could say that you’re actually more insightful than a lot of people in my generation. (Great, I feel old.) Sana nga pag botante na ang henerasyon nyo, umangat na ang kalidad ng political discourse natin at magamit ang social media in a more productive way. Keep it up!

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        1. Tintin Post author

          That means a lot coming from, well, anyone. I can be awesome in some ways (such as devouring copious amounts of food) but writing is something I still have to work on. A lot. Every freakin’ day. *totally not complaining* But thank you!

          Mahigit isang dekada na since I took the UPCAT (yeah, I’m that old) so I don’t know if I could still say anything helpful. It’s good to review but don’t stress too much about it. Much of the exam covers what you learned (supposedly) in high school anyway. The questions were more tricky than difficult so aside from stored knowledge, being clever helps. (Again, this was 12 years ago so a lot of things may have changed since then.)

          Oh and bring food. Mahaba ang exam, nakakagutom. That was my most vivid memory when I took the UPCAT. Nagutom ako! Haha.

          Best of luck to you! I hope you do well. :)

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          1. worddruid

            I read may essay na sila ngayon or some trick questions or something. Wahaha Blink moment lang ang pagsagot sa UPCAT :D Although more than a decade na nga rin pala so who knows baka nagbago na :D

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  4. jebuzinjamonk

    Allow me to repost or qoute an FB post made by a Surigaonon, which says:

    Sa sobra na kantyaw nan mga “brayton”
    Kay sila anak nan panday, gamay ‘nan itomon
    An masa mialsa, mga idolo gisuyat sa balota
    Kay sa demokrasya lakip sab sila.

    translated in Tagalog, as;

    Sa sobrang kantyaw ng mga “matatalino” kuno
    Dahil sila’y anak ng karpentero, maliit at negro
    Ang masa nag-alsa, mga idolo isinulat sa balota
    Sapagkat sa demokrasya kasali din sila.

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