People say that cartoons are only for kids. With their hilarious content and outlandish characters, this form of entertainment is only suited for quelling children’s imaginations. However, through careful observation, it is oftentimes in cartoons do we find complex issues addressed in a manner that is not only fun but very understandable. My favorite example of this would be the yellow fellow from Bikini Bottom, SpongeBob SquarePants.
Can you guess from which recent film this line came from?
“Ang mundo ay isang malaking Quiapo, maraming snatcher, maagawan ka, lumaban ka.”
The news article published in Philippine Star last October 4, 2011 featured what an employee of the Public Information Department of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) did to earn “pogi points” for his department (or for himself?). In it were three DPWH officials inspecting the damaged sea wall last September 28. The photographer altered the picture by positioning these 3 officials closer to the wall they were checking. The picture was uploaded on the Facebook account of the department. Moments later, a blogger adept in photo-enhancing software discovered inconsistencies with the photo’s elements. Feet floating on the ground and background image not carefully camouflaged, among other things confirmed the suspicions of dishonesty. This irked the public and gained the mockery of thousands of Filipinos.
The title of the editorial in Philippine Daily Inquirer issue last August 15, 2011 read “Britannia Burning,” meant to be taken both literally and figuratively. The article talks about the riot that started when a police was shot in Tottenham, London. What began as a peaceful protest at first later turned violent, with a few business establishments burnt to ashes.
According to the social analysts, the unrest was ignited by social networking. How? Because of the convenience and accessibility of social media, the unrest easily spread to thousands of internet users. Sounds farfetched but not impossible, isn’t it?