Post Colonial Analysis of ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol

TV Patrol is a news program daily aired on ABS-CBN. It is anchored by Ted Failon, Noli De Castro and Korina Sanchez. Applying post-colonial analysis on the text, we can tease out elements that manifest the cultural dimension of colonialism of the Philippines.

First let us see the content of the news. Predominantly they are about crime and poverty. These are the topics that make it on the broadcast. This situation articulates how Third World countries such as the Philippines are viewed not only by other countries but all the more, the Filipino themselves. The text is manifesting that meaning that the Philippines is a poor and unsafe country. The text participates on how Filipinos view themselves and their view on the place where they are living in. I think this further encourages their high regard for other countries and culture, especially the First World countries, particularly those at the West. Filipinos then assume that their country is poor and so much left behind as compared to other nations. Continue reading Post Colonial Analysis of ABS-CBN’s TV Patrol

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Postcolonial Analysis Series of TV/Online Ads – Coca-Cola: America is Beautiful

These advertisements features different people from differrent races singing a song titles “America is Beautiful”. The advertisement, that lasts longer than a minute features singer of different races, singing the song in different languages. Some include, Hindi, Senegalese-French, Hebrew, Mandarin, Keres, Arabic, Filipino and English. The playlist named #AmericaIsBeautiful features the girls from different races singing the song in their native languages. Although there is indeed an attempt to include various people from different races around the world, it is ironic that the song is indeed glorification of America. Continue reading Postcolonial Analysis Series of TV/Online Ads – Coca-Cola: America is Beautiful

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

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