Feeling the texture

Some references in "Lacson and the texture of our experience," today’s Newsstand column:

As yet, I do not have a copy of Bishop Soc’s statement before the Senate, coursed through Sen. Noynoy Aquino. Here is a link to the official website of the Diocese of Balanga, which he heads.

The crisis in CICM, which led to the formation of a new religious order, the Missionaries of Jesus, came to a head in 2002. Here is a news report from that time. And here are some pictures of the "renegades" at work.

The section on Lacson requires its own post.

The reference to Roger Silverstone led me to discover a pioneering genius  in media studies; I am grateful to Anjo Lorenzana of the Ateneo de Manila’s Department of Communication for pointing me in the right direction.

The forum on career options in media featured the ubiquitous Sev Sarmenta, a veritable one-man show; the coolly cerebral Kristine Fonacier, must-read magazine editor; the irrepressible Guia Gonzales, who is producing an independent movie featuring Judy Ann Santos; and me.

I was impressed with the evocative closing remarks of Margot Orendain, and with Lorenzana’s engaging introduction.

I reprint his last three paragraphs:

As we are all aware, media is a powerful institution in society. It is a source and shaper of ideas, knowledge, opinion and behavior. Television, print, radio and new media like the internet provide information, stories, images and sound that influence our realities, tastes and lifestyles. In the words of a well-respected scholar, Roger Silverstone, “media provide the texture of our experience.”

Having said this, to be in the media industry is to be part of knowledge and cultural production. To be able to produce and reproduce culture and knowledge is of course political. It is in this context that I would like to remind our students that to be part of this industry means to be part of a powerful institution in society.

As we talk about what one does in this industry and how one can be successful in it, let us also be conscious of the responsibilities we have as producers and regulators of knowledge and culture. Are we in media to support the profit seeking motives of the industry? Are we in media to help bridge social, economic and cultural divides? Are we in media to advance our personal interests? With these questions I hope this discussion becomes more meaningful.

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