Why Filipinos Want to Take Over the Blogosphere

People are asking Abe Olandres why the Filipino takeover of the blogosphere is such a big frickin’ deal here in the Philippines.

I explained that our generation (i.e. Filipinos) have become known around the globe as any of of these types of people — domestic helper, nurses, sea men, care-giver, or call center agents. In short, we’re looked down by most as cheap 3rd-world laborers. I have aunts that are working as nurses in the US for decades, uncles & cousins on a cargo ship at sea, relatives who are domestic helpers (OFW is the proper term) in Singapore & HK, older cousins who graduated as nurses but ended up as care-givers in UK and even more younger cousins who are now waiting for their Nursing Boars exam results. So, a fellow Filipino taking over a top position in a pre-dominantly western niche is real news.

Having worked with the Information Technology and Electronic Commerce Council during the Estrada administration, I can see where Abe’s coming from here. Too much of the IT trade promotion work done at the dawn of the 21st century focused on turning Filipinos into anonymous low-level BPO drones powered by Starbucks and shallowness. The big hoopla over Filipinos’ success in the blogosphere is fueled in part by our own rebellion against that Faustian bargain.

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8 Comments on “Why Filipinos Want to Take Over the Blogosphere”
  1. paenggoy says:

    But one cannot expect most Filipinos to make money by writing or managing web logs. I also have doubts about promises made by the government and big business that most Filipinos will be able to use computers and the Internet soon. Recall that this is the same country that has not even been able to provide basic education to most Filipinos for over 70 years. Even today only around 15 percent of our roads are paved!

    Finally, this reminds me of the dot-com bust.

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