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Finding Social Responsibility and Public Good in Political Economy: A Reflection Paper on the Definition of Political Economy

A reflection on: The definition of political economy based on Vincent Mosco’s book “Political Economy of Communication” A reflection paper for my Political Economy of Media class, submitted Aug. 18, 2019 This reflection paper presents the definition of political economy based on Vincent Mosco’s book “Political Economy of Communication.” According to Mosco, political economy is “the study of the social relations, especially the power relations, that mutually constitute the production, distribution, and consumption of resources.” The way I understand this definition, political economy

Philippines’ 2019 Measles Outbreak: An objective look at what DOH and WHO facts say and what media reports

As news reports and social media posts continue to cover the 2019 measles outbreak in the Philippines as early as January, a number of people and institutions already expressed its connection to the paranoia following the Dengvaxia scandal. While this may have some bearing in certain cases where families insist of no longer vaccinating their children, examining the statistics available from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Department of Health (DOH) presents a more objective look into the situation, which

Dealing with the Momo Challenge viral hoax

A number of news reports and social media posts about the “Momo Challenge” created mass hysteria on the third week of February 2019. While this challenge has been circulating around various online platforms for quite some time, the recent influx of legitimate reports and posts about it poses more risk even after it was debunked as a viral hoax. As of this writing, people, mostly scared parents, continue to spread warnings about it, while ironically passing on even more fear by sharing

A Post-May 2019 Philippine Elections musing

After the Philippines' May 2019 Elections, this is a wake-up call. Education, popular art, and media arts. Plus advocacy projects to educate masses on who to vote for the next elections and the rest of future elections. This should include practical solutions to help alleviate their economic issues, their need to sustain themselves and their loved ones on a day-to-day basis. We can start with our own domains. Films. Teleseryes. Tabloids. Facebook pages. School projects involving students, and possibly their families,

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