Love (Money) Makes the World Go Round: A short criticism of selected TV commercials of PSBank

Recent television commercials of PSBank feature Luis Manzano and Anne Curtis as endorsers. For this paper, three of these commercials will be critiqued. The first one features Luis who is on a date in a restaurant. The advertisement opens with a montage of Luis performing romantic gestures in front of his date. Here is how the conversation goes:

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Capitalism In The Time Of The Postmodern Website

The content of the website Facebook depends mostly on user-generated media. Throughout time, however, it has become more of a link sharing website for people who want to share external content with friends. In this manner, the nature of the website is somewhat postmodern in that people can insert their own perspectives as a preface to the body of the text they are referencing and are able to provide their own interpretation of whatever it is they have shared. Continue reading Capitalism In The Time Of The Postmodern Website

GMA 7’s 24 Oras in a Post-Colonial Lens

For a number of years, the Philippines have been colonized by different nations around the world producing a melting pot of cultures, traditions and races. Our identity as Filipinos has been greatly influenced by the Spanish, American, Japanese and even our neighboring countries because of our openness in accepting their cultures. Now in the era of globalization, we are still in the arena wherein our very own culture and tradition is adopted from the more powerful cultures in the world. And media, being a product of this union of cultures, is not spared from its influence. Continue reading GMA 7’s 24 Oras in a Post-Colonial Lens

Friends

Friends was an American situational comedy created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman. Its 10 seasons were aired on NBC from September 22, 1994 to May 6, 2004 and has garnered multiple Primetime Emmy Award nominations and wins. It stars the ensemble cast of Jennifer Aniston as Rachel, Courtney Cox as Monica, Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe, Matt LeBlanc as Joey, Matthew Perry as Chandler, and David Schwimmer as Ross. Continue reading Friends

24 Oras

24 Oras, read as Bente-Quatro Oras, is the primetime news programs aired daily on the GMA network. Their weekday programming runs from 6:30 pm to 8 pm and is hosted by Mel Tiangco and Mike Enriquez, while their weekend programming runs from 5:30 pm to 6 pm and is hosted by Pia Arcangel and Jiggy Manicad. I will attempt to discuss the general news process of 24 Oras using Postcolonial Analysis. Continue reading 24 Oras

A Postcolonial Analysis of TV Patrol Reports on the Jennifer Laude Case

Gruesome murders of innocent people are heard in the news every now and then. However, only few of these incidents receive as much media coverage as the recent killing of Jennifer Laude. One of the reasonable explanations for the constant reporting on the case is that the media capitalizes on the country’s deep-seated resentment towards their former American oppressors by presenting a clear binary opposition of bida (Jennifer Laude, or Filipinos in general) and kontrabida (prime suspect Joseph Scott Pemberton, or the whole US military present in the country). Continue reading A Postcolonial Analysis of TV Patrol Reports on the Jennifer Laude Case

Saksi: Ilang nasalanta ng bagyong Yolanda na nakilala ng GMA News, nagpapatuloy sa buhay

I find it interesting that this newscast specifically covers a select group of people from the Yolanda tragedy and then returns to them a year later to check up on their progress. It seems like such a benevolent thing to do. Then it reminded me somewhat of the messianic complex that colonists have going on for them. (Mangoes, like, what even? But the little things, of course, we must remember the little things.)

The aspect of the report that really bothered me, however, was the way the news report smoothed over the tragedy and just proceeded to assure the audience that these people are now living their lives, moving on, keeping strong and all that despite having just lost their whole family. Of course there isn’t really enough time to actually cover a whole year’s worth of whatever these people had gone through to get to where they are now, obviously. Nevertheless, we are rather quickly assured by the report’s narrative that things can be overcome, no matter how horrific it could be. Continue reading Saksi: Ilang nasalanta ng bagyong Yolanda na nakilala ng GMA News, nagpapatuloy sa buhay

Evolution of the Family

The five-year-old sitcom Modern Family is multi-awarded for good reason. For six seasons, the show has consistently delivered solid acting, hilarious writing, and, as the name implies, refreshing unconventionality. Modern Family’s tagline basically sums up its premise: “One big (straight, gay, multi-cultural, traditional) happy family.” The mockumentary-style sitcom revolves around the family of Jay Pritchett and his two children, Clair and Mitchell. It starts of introducing Jay as he recently remarries to a younger Colombian woman, Gloria; Clair has been married for 20 years with her college lover, Phil; and Mitchell living-in with his partner, Cameron. Continue reading Evolution of the Family

A SOGIE Analysis of How I Met Your Mother

Marshall and Lily to their newborn son: “You’re gonna love the park, buddy. It’s a great place to meet chicks. Or-or dudes. Or both.” “Oh, we love you no matter what.” How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) generally shows this kind of acceptance towards the LGBTQ through plot lines and characterization that does not make a fuss over sexual orientation and identity. Continue reading A SOGIE Analysis of How I Met Your Mother

A feminist analysis of How I Met Your Mother’s final episode

How I Met Your Mother is an American sitcom that originally ran from September 2005 to March 2014, reaching nine seasons. As the title suggests, the program is about Ted Mosby narrating the story of how he met his wife as he tells it to his children. While this is the framework of the plot, the program focused on Ted and his friends Marshall, Barney, Lily, and Robin and their adventures as a gang. Other minor story arcs include Marshall and Lily’s husband-and-wife relationship, Barney’s womanizing antics, Ted and Robin’s relationship Barney and Robin’s relationship, among others.

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