Interwebs chismis: Random links from Google+.

Despite the issues that have been coming out of Google+ as of late (such as the mandatory banning of NSFW material and its insistence on using one’s “real” name), I’ve been enjoying checking my G+ feed.

It’s true that part of it was because other blogs and social networks is no longer accessible at work (not that I’d make too much of an issue about that).

It’s also true that, so far, my general Stream is not yet populated by inane posts from games, Foursquare, or one/two-word status updates from people telling the world they’re bored or busy, or what day of the week it is.

And once the throng from Facebook start invading Google+, I could still easily shove them away by placing them in an appropriate “Not Worth Reading” Circle.

Here are two interesting links recently shared by friends:

The University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication issued a statement to President Aquino on the first year of his presidency:

End Human Rights Violations; Stop the Killing of Journalists!

‘Mr. Aquino was elected on a promise to end poverty by ending corruption. But in the first months of his term he also pledged an end to human rights violations and the killing of journalists, while assuring the press community that, unlike his predecessor, he would defend press freedom rather than undermine it.

‘But a scant month and a half in office, in August 2010, in apparent ignorance of the self-regulatory regime in the media, Mr. Aquino threatened to file criminal charges against some of the journalists who were in violation of the ethics of their profession during the coverage of the August 23 hostage taking incident, while refusing to take any action against his friends in government who were primarily responsible for its bloody conclusion. In the ensuing months Mr. Aquino kept up his criticism of the press, accusing them at one point of irresponsible behavior, while, in a call reminiscent of Joseph Estrada, he urged the business community to advertise only in “responsible” media organizations.’

Last night at the apartment, Leo suddenly said, “Today is Aquino’s State of the Nation Address, no?”

I was answering Bern’s text message while facing Markee, who was watching a DVD in Leo’s laptop. Both of us looked at each other after three beats and answered Leo: “So?”

I’m ashamed to say we’ve become politically apathetic.

Fact still remains that the Philippines is currently the third most dangerous country in the world for Journalists. While working in Manila is usually okay; but provincial journalists (who are outside the rather glamorous image of TV news anchors, and are actually working to bring about the news that are ignored or glossed over by the bigger media networks) are always at risk of getting killed by political enemies.

At this point I am abruptly changing my topic.

Tobie shared an entertaining blog post from Joe Mulvey about his attempt to engage a colleague to read comics despite said colleague’s indifference towards the medium:

What do you REALLY know about comics? The Great Debate

JoeMulvey: So I do this kind of online experiment where I get people who don’t read comics, to read comics. I interview them before and after they read the books and see if their perceptions about comics have changed at all. Would you be interested?

Dennis: Hmmmmm. Why?

JoeMulvey: Sorry?

Dennis: Why should I do it?

JoeMulvey: HA! Wow, to be honest, no one’s ever asked me that before.

Dennis: Really?

JoeMulvey: Yeah. I either get a yes or a no. You’re the first one to just ask why. I mean, do you want to hear my pitch for reading comics?

Dennis: Sure.

JoeMulvey: Ok. Well, honestly, comic books and comic book properties are a pretty big resource in other types of media right now. Millions of people are willing to see the movies, watch the TV shows or play the games but they don’t seem willing to give the actual books a chance. Which is why I’m doing this. I don’t know your personal thoughts on comics, but the most common perception I run into when it comes to them is that they’re for kids. Which couldn’t be further from the truth. I often compare comics to television. Where as TV DOES have programming for children, it also has programming for adults. Someone wouldn’t throw on the TV and see Spongebob and then walk away from the TV forever, designating it as a thing just for kids. You realize that that specific bit of programming isn’t for you and you search out one that is. It’s the same for comics. Superman, Richie Rich or the Flash might not be for you but there are a TON of other books out there that are. You just need to find the right channel for yourself. Because right now there is no other entertainment medium that is as innovative, exciting and diverse as what you’ll find in the world of comics. And it’s time people stopped missing out.

Dennis: Ok. I’m interested.

JoeMulvey: So you’ll do it?

Dennis: Well, here’s my thing. I get your point and I’m sure you have your opinions on it, but if comics are this great resource for entertainment and everyones making comics into something else, why is it that I’ve heard of or seen the other things but not even heard of the books? You get my point? How good can they really be?

JoeMulvey: Well they’re obviously good enough resources to make other things off of. But I get your point and that’s the problem. I mean there are tons of movies that I’m sure you’d have no idea were based on comics. A History of Violence and Road to Perdition. Hell, The Dark Knight is one of the highest grossing films of all time and Heath Ledger won an Oscar. The material can’t be completely for kids.

Dennis: Yeah but that’s exactly what I mean, in other mediums it can work, maybe just not comics.

JoeMulvey: Yeah but you’re saying maybe, because you haven’t read the books and seen the quality of storytelling that they have. That’s why we could have this discussion before and after you read the books, IF you do the interview.

Dennis: I just find it really hard to believe any great medium is completely hidden or some great secret treasure. If comics were as good as you think they are, more people would know about them. No?

I agree with the commenters that Dennis made some valid points (so he wasn’t being a complete douche; at least, initially). But there’s really no hope of winning over someone who had already made up their mind about something.

If I could have my way about it, I will likely end up spending the entire day online, reading. But mundane existence beckons (and I never forget to count myself lucky how I could talk about stuff I read in the Interwebs because that in itself is a privilege available only to maybe 20% of the world’s population).

My tummy is growling. It’s time for breakfast.