On Social Media’s Positive Side


Armitav Acharya (American University) keynotes via Skype presentation: Global International Relations (IR) and Regional Worlds: A New Agenda for International Studies on Friday night (March 23) at the 2nd Philippine International Studies Organization (PHISO) International Conference at the Ateneo de Davao University. Acharya later engaged in a virtual open forum.

In theory, said Albert Einstein, theory and practice are similar, but in practice they are not. Even in Computer Science practice, we assumed it would always make our world a better place. There’s the rub, just when we think that that science is stabilizing, everything changes. (McNamee 2011)

Instead what is happening is that “software” / “automation that made internet platforms so profitable” is “eating the world”, according to the early investor in Facebook, Google, and Amazon, Roger McNamee. Disrupted by the use of ICTs and the integration of social media, some users grapple with helping their world get out of the “jaws of internet platform monopolies”.

Despite social media’s dark sides due to little or no supervision (e.g. undermining democracy, fostering psychological addiction, etc.), its special aspects of importance means so much more. Social media is becoming relevant in decision‐making including our safety and efficacy. It can do what the tri-media can do. It provides what government communication agencies can provide. It powers globalization and economic growth (McNamee 2018). In other words, the special aspects of social media’s relevance in modern societies are NOT substantially outweighed by social media’s damaging effects. It’s good to note, though, that there’s a need for some to restore balance in their lives. McNamee is almost all over the place, telling them (perhaps us) to “disrupt the disrupters”.

Disrupting them means we become promoters (vs. disrupters) of the superhighway with our talks/posts of innovations ‘‘not just as a way to watch more TV, but as [a] way to revolutionize education, medical care and working at home as well.”


Campbell, W. Joseph. (1995). The Year the Future Began. Oakland. University of California Press. Available at https://books.google.com.ph/books?isbn=0520273990

Goodnight, G. Thomas, and Green, Sandy (2010). Rhetoric, risk, and markets: the dot-com bubble. Quarterly Journal of Speech. Available at https://www.researchgate.net/publication/248927361_Rhetoric_Risk_and_Markets_The_Dot-Com_Bubble

McNamee, Roger (2018). Social Media’s Junkies and Dealers. Available at https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/internet-platform-monopoly-threats-by-roger-mcnamee-2018-01

Lakatan or Latundan (Photos)


LAKATAN (left) has a brighter yellow shade usually with a rounded tip and is longer than other local banana types like Latundan (right). The photo was taken near Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City.










BANANA Farming in the Philippines (RM Alviar Facebook account)

For bananas’ nutritional differences, please check out this link from Philippine National Health Research System http://www.pchrd.dost.gov.ph/index.php/news/library-health-news/4617-10-benefits-of-eating-a-banana that was lifted from the Philippine Star’s MIND YOUR BODY By Willie T. Ong, MD