European Based Columnist Explains Why Democratization is Considered as the Enemy of Philippine Media

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European based blogger and regular columnist of The Manila Times, Sass Rogando Sasot, also a well-known personality among netizens supporting Pres. Rody Duterte explained the main reasons why democratization is considered as the greatest enemy of Philippine media.

According to Sass Rogando Sasot, it is not President Rodrigo Duterte nor his social media supporters that pose a great threat to Philippine media but the condition that allowed them to exist which is democratization.

Democratization is the process of opening up, of breaking the walls that separates those who have access to power and those who don’t. As a process, it’s a never-ending series of unfolding from exclusion to inclusion. As Buddhists would put it, behind a wall is another wall.

The international political analyst also gives an example, there was a time when women weren’t allowed to vote and run for office. When they were able to succeed in demanding change, politics underwent democratization.

When compared to the Philippines, technology-facilitated democratization is interrupting traditional media’s monopoly on producing narratives about current events.

For the oligarchs and to people like Trillanes, the democratization of social media is a menacing process as it prevents people like him from controlling the narrative, but for ordinary netizens and the rest of us, this should be a welcome development as a free market of ideas, enabled social media, is now breaking up Big Media’s monopoly.

To know more about the commentaries of Sass Rogando Sasot just head on to the official website of The Manila Times.

Source: The Manila Times

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