Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Philippine Defense Squad dot Com

Based on one of my responses to a comment in my Lynch Mob post, Miguel has put up a list of all those times when Filipinos (over)react en masse to (oftentimes) trivial issues.

I reproduce the content here:

This text file seeks to become a comprehensive listing of all instances of times when Filipinos overreact to criticism (both deserved and undeserved) by descending upon the subject like a swarm of angry bees and inflicting their wrath through letters, blogs, Photoshop contests, and other zany means of reaction. Anyone who figures out how to contact me is welcome to contribute.

* the spoon incident in Canada, which really turned out to be the fault of the boy;
* former Chief Justice Isagani Cruz's comments against gays;
* Art Bell's racist comments against Pinoys, actually a hoax
* Digital Pinay incident
* Filipinos getting angry over the Faye Nicole San Juan incident, which later turned out to be a hoax
* the Subic Rape Case
* Claire Danes goes to the Philippines; gets declared persona non grata after making a few remarks that some people didn't like hearing
* Americans go to Jollibee and get flamed by a thousand angry Pinoys who can't bear the thought that other cultures might be weirded out by other cultures
* Malu Fernandez receives flames and death threats after putting her foot in her mouth--she then resigns from her job due to the wrath of the blogosphere
* "Young Radicals" Google bomb Gloria Arroyo's website so that it is returned upon searching for "sinungaling"

We are the Indig-Nation.

Now, before you flame me for putting up this list, I need you to consider a couple of things: my posting this list is not a statement on the justness of the cause. Rather, it's to encourage people to look back at those past times (and there are many) when we act like an unthinking herd. Often, too, that indignation manifests itself in inutile, ineffective, and superficial ways.

It certainly would make an interesting sociological study as to the whys and wherefores and hows. Even more interesting: how come some issues really worth voicing anger about -- the Jonas Burgos abduction, the desecration of the ten Marines, the ZTE contract -- garner so little reaction. But then again, I'm not a professional sociologist.

Also read:
Sean's post
Justified Outrage
Psychology of Outrage

And, because much of the indignation stems from criticism on what we eat and the way we eat: Culinary Hallmarks of Our Cultural Identity.


  1. one factor: in the cases you cited, there are clear-cut "villains" involved, and the issues are those that even average people can relate to. ZTE contract, marines being killed, jonas burgos - who do you blame? the government as usual? kung si gloria nga nakalusot sa hello garci e, there definitely wasn't enough indignation over that.

    yeah you've got to wonder sometimes. the things we choose to care about.

  2. My original comment was too long, so, it became a blog posting:The Spoon

  3. Hi, Rina: hmmm, does that reduce brouhaha of this sort to an interactive theater -- where we can boo and hiss make-believe villains to our heart's content -- while the real culprits scurry away in the night undetected?

    Hi, Robert: had a good laugh over your post.