HeadHunting and Blogging as form of Resistance

Posted: July 16, 2007 in All and Sundry, Musings, Random Observations

read nino’s piece professor as headhunter about college education and the recent rise of call centers in the philippines. the biggest question is that “are we as university professors obligated to cater to this business of information sweatshop?”

i couldn’t help but nod in agreement while reading the entry. there are so many issues (dilemmas even) to consider as a state university professor. especially if you often take your job as a heavy responsibility, a social calling, and not just a job, which you can switch off after 5pm. perhaps, we’re just idealistic people. despite the times when i often tell myself to chill and just take teaching lightly, i often find it difficult to do so. thanks to my mother. she taught me the values of social awareness and responsibility at a young age. imagine having martial law stories as bedtime tales. and imagine waking up to bombo radyo everyday since god-knows-when and listening to all those people who’d visit our house on weekends discussing the latest project on gender awareness and women empowerment, urban poverty and the like. the downside to this education i got from my parents is that i have become increasingly passionate when it comes to visions or missions and very idealistic, sometimes to a fault. these things are very hard to shrug off. so when i became a teacher, i brought all these baggages with me, which i don’t exactly regret having done.

and speaking of issues, my blogger friends from malaysia are now facing different dilemmas. issues differ depending on socio-cultural contexts. for us here, it’s the growth of information sweatshops, the decline of the educational system, and what not. for my malaysian friends, it’s their country’s apparent lack of true democratic processes, among others. but i admire how activists and concerned individuals alike use blogging as a tool to subvert the hegemonic power. i’m amazed at how they have created a cybercommunity to disseminate alternative information outside the clutches of their government’s control.

when i was there in KL last year, i saw the good side of an urbanized highly-developed country. i loved it. but then i also recognized the fruits of development labor. such is the case if people allow government to function as big brother. while walking around, you’d notice how people behave in KL, and feel that such behavior is socially constructed within a panopticon’s control. that is a hasty generalization, i admit. but an observation nonetheless. i don’t pretend however that my country is the epitome of beautiful stabilized democracy. we all have our own concerns.

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