Friday, November 26, 2010

Facebook Politics

I know Enteng Romano III from way back when. Not personally, of course, but professionally. Before he rose to prominence as convenor of the Black and White Movement, he was already a high-profile consultant and speaker in the local IT scene. You might say I know him well from his many brochures and email invitations to his events. Later on, Mr. Romano turned his energies to political advocacy and, well, zoom! For that he had my respect.

I didn't expect to hear more of Mr. Romano, so his resignation last week came as Department of Tourism undersecretary came as a surprise: I didn't even know he had been appointed to the position.

In a way, it's sad. Mr. Romano resigned because of the flap over the "Pilipinas Kay Ganda" campaign. Mr. Romano chose the honorable way out. He owned up to the error, even though his name hardly came up in the furor. One would hope that his exit would provide closure to the issue, but since the real target seems to be Sec. Lim, it seems this will grab the scorn and the limelight for a few weeks more.

The irony is this: now that Mr. Romano has resigned, people are more sure that he was a decent, responsible man, unlike other officials who cling to their posts come hell or high water. Perhaps he shouldn't have resigned? Too late, folks.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

"Lesser Evil"

A friend posed this question to me long ago: "Would you knowingly have sex with someone who had HIV? Even with a condom?"

This comes to mind because today's national broadsheets both carry the same headline: "Condoms are the lesser evil" -- reference, of course, to how the newspapers chose to interpret Pope Benedict's words in the upcoming book Light of the World.

Lesser evil?

Indeed. But only in the sense that it is a lesser evil to wrap a towel around a steel pipe before beating someone over the head with it, as opposed to beating someone over the head with the bare steel pipe.

The moral thing to do, of course, is not to go around hitting people with steel pipes.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Corrupting young minds

Every semester since I started teaching at Ateneo I've managed to sneak in Ubuntu in all my IT classes. It's something new for the students and many of them go on to use it in their thesis projects. That gives me an exposure rate of around 100 students per year. Heh, I love corrupting young minds.