#PHVote: Society, Science and the Media.
I don’t know what title I will give this article so, there it is,. Anyways it’s first title was “An Open Letter to Pinoy Voters” hope you could finish reading.
For sure there will be a lot of candidates which we will not know about. Since they do not have ads, and most of us do know politicians through advertisements. We are people who depend on media to know which is true or false, but a lot of people do not know that sometimes, news outlets giveaway false news. False news because they made mistakes, and to correct mistakes costs air-time. The bigger question is, how will we vote for someone we do not know? I remember when people regret the death of a politician, because he was a good politician, but we only knew him when he died.
Sometimes we are given other news instead of important ones, where people would prefer to watch celebrity news than our world’s harsh reality. Others simply cover up mistakes, or not tell them at all. As of now I want to research on running politicians, but I can’t really find enough info about them, if the info they give is real or not, or if the politician really said that but doesn’t really plan on doing it.
In the 2015 Budget the 50-day national defense budget is already the yearly budget of our science and technology department, which tells a lot on how we are doing in the field of science. It is great that we have a higher budget this year for education, I still think that science and technology deserve more funding. There is a lot of proof that a country’s internet penetration has a big effect on its GDP. But still, the Philippines has the slowest internet connection in SEA.
Today, there is still a war between science and society, and some politicians simply follow the masses, and tell them what they want to hear. The problem is that, the society does not believe in scientific proof, we have done this before for example in believing that the earth was flat, and the earth is the center of the universe, and we did horrific things to those people who proposed those ideas. Recently our people burned GMO Rice which was supposed to help prevent malnutrition, do not believe in global warming because they feel much cooler now instead of before, others do not get vaccinated because they believe it will make them sick, and some of them do not believe in medicine at all!
We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology. – Carl Sagan
Even in the recent typhoons a lot of people were hurt because they did not evacuate, even if the news said they need to. I guess even the media and politicians do have a fault, because as I know politicians have the power to have a forced evacuation, and the media can emphasize more, that people should evacuate.
Like how the media and politicians emphasized on the West Valley Fault, and how a magnitude 7.2 earthquake can affect us, I do know that we never know when it will hit, but the news said that it will be up to 7.2 magnitude which is the maximum, and that is moves every 400-600 years and the last one happened 357 years ago, (I will let you do the math). So why can’t they do that to climate change, why can’t they emphasize how much we need a fast internet connects, better public transportation, more funds for science and technology in the Philippines.
I still don’t know who to vote for, their advocacies are not released yet, but even though they are released, I don’t know if I should believe them. There are 130 candidates for presidency, and one already said he will put WiFi on the whole Philippines.
P.S. – I do accept negative comments/constructive criticism.
Sino gusto ng pagbabago! *lahat* Sinong gustong magbago! *wala*
— Mark Joshua Pineda (@Geekrology) October 24, 2015