I love New Twitter. It’s easier to use and very intuitive (like a Sony Ericsson phone, but that’s another story).
I was going through the site’s new features last Friday, however, and I noticed something that struck me as weird. I knew about promoted tweets already, that Twitter had finally figured out a way to make money for its investors. I read about promoted accounts, which I think is a good idea. But promoted trends?
By definition, a trend on Twitter is something that’s supposed to naturally, well, trend, by nature of its being tweeted about a lot. Case in point, the Lost finale, Venus Raj’s “Major Major,” and Ateneo’s 3-peat. Trending topics was a good idea because marketers and sociologists could, at any given time, take a look at what tweeps were interested in (and watching, reading, eating, listening to).
Now, when companies are allowed to pay money for their brands and activities to trend on Twitter, it flushes the system’s integrity down the drain.
Yesterday, the priest at our parish talked about the RH bill. He said that the bill is going to lead to abortions. My advice: do your homework, Father.
Section 5, letter F, number 5 of the RH bill:
"(5) Prevention of abortion and management of post-abortion complications"
The same priest went on to say something like this:
"Sinasabi ng mga supporters ng RH Bill na nakikialam ang simbahan. Ang tanong ko sa kanila ay ganito: kung sabihin sa inyo ng anak ninyo na hindi na siya mag-aaral at maglalaro na lang ng video games buong araw, papayagan niyo ba siya? Tulad ng mga matitinong magulang, kailangan magsalita ang simbahan laban sa mga bagay na hindi makabubuti sa mga mamamayang Pilipino."
Err… Really? That’s your argument?
Personally, I think that’s where the problem lies. Our priests today may not be Spanish prayles who think of everyone else as indios who need to be told what to do, but coming from Father whatsisname’s analogy we may just as well be.
We’re not children. The Church shouldn’t treat us as such. Our Creator gave us free will and reason, right? We’re the only species with the ability to think for ourselves, and we’d be doing God (and ourselves) a great injustice by not using them.
And let’s face it; the Church isn’t exactly infallible. Do we need a history lesson to remind us about the Crusades, the Inquisition, the incidents with Galileo and other conflicts with scientists and learned men?
Lest we forget, our national hero Jose Rizal wasn’t exactly fighting for Philippine independence. He was against theocracy, or Church rule. What he wanted, like it or not, was a Philippine voice in the Spanish Cortes. More than a century later, we still have the same problem: a lack of separation of Church and State, despite what’s written in our Constitution. Block voting, anyone?
But going back to the homily yesterday, Father whatsisname’s solution to the population/poverty problem wasn’t the RH Bill. It was more efficient tax-collection, and the elimination of corruption. He then went on to compare us to Korea, and how they did/do so much more with the same money.
Again, Father, do your homework. Korea also has no state religion, which is tantamount to saying they enjoy “true” freedom of religion, as opposed to Catholicism being the “de facto” state religion of the Philippines.