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January 29, 2010

“Information is the currency of democracy.”
-Thomas Jefferson

In a world where mass media and communication dominate the flow and elaboration of information, people find themselves squeezing through loads of information bombarded unto them by both conventional and nonconventional means of dissemination. While it is crucial to recognize the right of each person to have access to information, especially to those that really affect daily existence, mass media and communication managed to extend their work and influence beyond just informing the people. Mass media and communication are rapidly building on their capacity to subtly, if not tacitly, impose the kind of information they wish the people to be aware of without the essential regard for impartial and nonpartisan treatment of information. Yes, while it is still a case of fulfilling their obligation of informing people about matters, information to the point of imposition, no matter how implicit or indirect, is not a case of responsible mass media and communication.

Aside from the art of understated imposition, manipulation in the kind of information that people are to receive also casts a dark spot on the field of mass media and communication. While what the people might receive is still considered an act of fulfilling responsibility to the right to information, selective disclosure of information cripples the ability of each person to judge and decide for his or her own good. Moreover, choosing just a part of the entire picture for the people to see is also an act of depriving the people to think which later on induces unwanted repercussions. This is where mainstream mass media and communication comes in. With the selected information for the people to take note of, mainstream mass media is able to cunningly dictate how they want the people to see just one part of the big picture and how they wish the same people to react to what they perceive with their own eyes.

Unfortunately, the country has been a fertile territory that breeds such kind of mass media and communication effort.

With the emergence of technology and the utility it provides, only a small percentage of the national population exerts extra effort to look into the information fed to them through a more critical and alert type of discrimination. Most of the citizenry settle for the kind of information they receive from mainstream mass media and communication, blinding them with inaccurate insinuations, erroneous references, and worst, false hopes and aspirations. The same people are left to sightlessly grapple their way in the dark alleys as they hope to eventually reach the truth. Some are even overwhelmed by the idea that the present character of mass media and communication has so much power over them that they cannot do anything to counter irresponsible exploits instigated by the interests being pursued by the members of the fourth branch of the government.

It has long been due the people see something that will bring them closer to the truth they have been looking for all this time.

Mass media and communication have been highly successful in depicting the government as a fault-ridden and defective entity. Almost all information pertaining to the government, especially when launched in mainstream mass media and communication, is touching on the sore spots of the accumulated into the incumbent administration. Yes, while it might be an effective way of meeting attempts at providing checks and balances when it comes to the dealings and agenda pursued by the government, too much passion for that side of the bigger picture of reality denies people a more genuine experience of their entitlement to proper and sufficient information. In the middle of all the failures and fiascos the government has knowingly and unknowingly committed, it would be a good sign of rationality to look at the reasons why foreign investments continue to come in, why infrastructures continue to materialize, and most noteworthy, why the country has not yet despaired and succumbed to civil war and anarchy.

It is in this unassuming space of the universe that more room for decisive and evenhanded assessment of the current Philippine government will be provided.

The World Wide Web has been a favorable arena for many different kinds of information that can be freely accessed by billions of citizens of the planet. Teeming with information and floating on a minimally regulated setting, the internet is rapidly becoming a dynamic and expanding source of diversified sets of beliefs and credence for many. The ability of the online world to provide seemingly endless streams of information and data has entitled boundless influence and power to almost all those taking part in the hustles and bustles of the internet. Such abundance in information is thrown and splattered unto the screens of the unsuspecting consumer of the services provided by the World Wide Web. Nevertheless, judgment of the information leading to the development of opinions and beliefs still depends on the discretion and decisiveness of the individual. And it is within such understanding that the proper and sufficient amount of information be made available to the critical reasoning of each citizen so that the truth may be reached.

Good Job Gov is a modest yet significant attempt at providing a more informed and responsive perspective when it comes to the government. While it may speak of the commendable efforts and accomplishments of the national government, it does not wish to impose in any way that the government is a very respectable body. Good Job Gov simply aims to show the average person what he or she does not usually witness in mainstream mass media and communication. In straightforward terms, Good Job Gov plainly wants to extend information that would allow the average person to make better judgments and decisions when it comes to understanding the relationship he or she has with the government. In doing so, the convergence of sufficiency and more defined objectivity among various pieces of information encourages the average person to think and to make a steady journey towards the truth that everyone desires to achieve.

At the end of the day, having access to accurate and adequate information is a more compelling currency of democracy.

Joshua Alarkon is the Editor-in-Chief of Goodjobgov. He is currently studying in Ateneo De Manila University, with a major in Management Economics, minor in Development Management.


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