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SM holds the Philippines’ 1st CINEXPO

The 1st CINEXPO held last Feb. 17 to 18, 2009 at the SMX Convention Center brought together movie industry companies, media partners, ad agencies, film professionals, and student organizations for the first ever cinema convention in the Philippines. The event opened the door to the discussion of the latest cinema trends and issues, networking and partnerships, and exhibition of films, various media products, and services. The CINEXPO featured the latest technological advances and the changingcurrents in cinema where film producers, production

The Impact of the Critical Development of the Internet in the Current State of Philippine and Global Media

Midterm paper for my Political Economy of Media class The Philippine media and global media in the Information Age are clearly evolving towards the critical development of the Internet, forcing existing media systems to integrate with the world wide web. Cyberspace has gone a long way since its milestones in the 1990s when a household that could afford Internet service back then primarily used the email platform and chat messaging services as alternative forms of communication, alongside the utilization of search

(Media Review) The Accidental Catalyst: Examining Pressreader-aggregated Articles on How Disney’s Mulan Sparked Media Campaigns Addressing the Plight of Uighur Muslims

A media review for my Media Theory class analyzing the increased Uighur Muslims coverage after the release of the Disney live-action film "Mulan" After the straight-to-streaming release of Disney’s Mulan in the Disney+ platform in the U.S. and other selected countries on Sept. 4, 2020 (‘Mulan (2020)’ [IMDb], n.d.), this live-action adaptation of the Chinese legend came under fire after viewers discovered the acknowledgment of the government security agency in the Chinese province of Xinjiang in the film’s closing credits. Xinjiang authorities are accused of the

Worksheet on ‘The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception’ by Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno

Worksheet Instruction: Answer the following questions; discuss in two sentences each. A worksheet for my Media Theory class for the lecture on Ideology as Instrumental Rationality and the Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno essay "The Culture Industry: Enlightenment as Mass Deception" 1.      Why is the culture industry an industry? (p. 42) The culture industry is an industry because it works as an amalgam of the different dominating aspects of culture and entertainment in the public sphere with the masses mainly targeted as its consumers. It

Annotated bibliography of selected readings from the Plaridel Journal, vol. 17, no. 1

An annotated bibliography submitted for my Media Theory class Labiste, M., & Chua, Y. (2020). Duterte’s Polemic Against the Catholic Church as Hate Speech. Plaridel Journal, vol. 17, no. 1, 1–33. www.plarideljournal.org/article/dutertes-polemic-against-the-catholic-church-as-hate-speech/ Labiste and Chua examine Duterte’s populist politics by putting into context what constitutes hate speech using a local lens. They explore his political playbook for a reconstruction of a more consistent narrative indicating his ideology and agenda, which impose themselves as more political than moral and theological. Using content-related analysis and rhetorical

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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