Citizen Journalism: A Misinformation Tool

But this “citizen journalism” has a price… Social media is now bombarded with “tabloid” news purporting to be facts with no reliable sources. Hundreds of posts can literally destroy a person with the citizen journalist hiding under a fictitious name since “citizen journalism” has no code of ethics or guidelines to follow. There is no restriction, even with the libel law, that will make a citizen, specially with a fictitious name and identity, accountable to what he writes. The result, cyber bullying!

Ika nga ni Ompong

With the advent of social media as a “shout out” tool for the average citizens, it has also become a popular venue where citizens post news and events supplementing or even driving the mainstream journalism. Ordinary citizens with social media accounts are now the modern-day “para-journalists” who post status updates and videos about crimes, traffic violations, and even boxing and concert events. Thus sprung the “citizen journalism” industry!

But this “citizen journalism” has a price… Social media is now bombarded with “tabloid” news purporting to be facts with no reliable sources. Hundreds of posts can literally destroy a person with the citizen journalist hiding under a fictitious name since “citizen journalism” has no code of ethics or guidelines to follow. There is no restriction, even with the libel law, that will make a citizen, specially with a fictitious name and identity, accountable to what he writes. The result, cyber bullying!

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How Hot It can Get?

The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion chili hot sauce…!

A friend of mine who went on tour abroad gave me this hot sauce. She knew that I am fond of chilis and hot sauces and she did some research on what’s the hottest chili in the world and this is what she brought me. She is really sweeeeeeet…!

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It is said in a recent study that the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion is now the new world’s hottest chili pepper, with some of its variants measuring more than 2 Million Scoville heat units (the Scoville scale is a measure of the ‘hotness’ of a chilli pepper or anything derived from chilli peppers, i.e. hot sauce). To comparatively know how hot it is, the popular “Habanero” chili pepper is registered at 600,000 SHU. One piece of this Trinidad Scorpion is equivalent to having three Habanero pieces! That’s how hot this Scorpion devil is!

Gotta use 10 swipes of deodorants on my underarm this time… It’ll surely result to a ginermous amount of sweat and tears!

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The Fruits of Labor…

Literally, the fruits of labor! Name all the fruits in the photos and you’ll receive a one year supply of mangoes on my account… Of course, they will be inside a photo! Were you expecting real mangoes? 🙂

I apologize for not posting or viewing your blogs consistently nowadays. I’m out of town on vacation due to the long weekend here in the Philippines and services of the telco carriers in a third-world country like mine are really awful outside of the cities … It was the 30th anniversary of the country’s EDSA People Power Revolution last February 25 (Thursday).

Wishing you all the best Friday night and a great weekend!

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I need a second opinion!

My doctor advised me to take Centrum SILVER, vitamins for 50 years of age and up, instead of the Centrum that I usually take since decades ago. I feel like I’m in the 30s and I bet you, I can still perform like a 30 year old… No violent reactions please!

But my doctor keeps on reminding me that I’m 50! I gotta get a second opinion and ditch this witch doctor out of my life!

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Squid, is it a forbidden food?

One of my favorite seafood without any scales, the Squid! It is really deliriously delicious!

I hope I am not offending anyone… but I would just like to know why was the squid treated as an “unclean” food by an ancient tribe of nomads and sheep herders? I understand as well that the squid is non-Kosher for my Jewish friends and it is haram for my Muslim friends. My Christian friends love eating squid although they also read and follow the same books read by my Jewish and Muslim friends.

Have a great lunch everyone…!

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