Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The real essence of deep critique on P-Noy delivered by the truly cluey

In his initial stocktake of the general landscape of ciriticism routinely lobbed onto President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III, John Nery identifies what he thinks are three key classes of critiques against the President which he labelled in with words usually construed as slurs: politico, inglisero, and hacendero.

In fairness to Noynoy, those words basically describe a class of not a few Filipinos who on one hand would "help out" during a calamity (and grandstand about it in incessant tweets, Facebook updates and photos, and blog articles) and, on the other, happily cloister themselves in fortified residential enclaves effectively building a comfy antiseptic pretense around them that shields them from the bigger wretchedness of the country they proudly call theirs. Small wonder that the groundwork for such massive calamities build up right under their noses even as they fiddle away in their soirées.

That such a class of people exist is not a groundbreaking revelation (and that an Aquino, no less, belongs to such a class is certainly no scoop), and as such I think Nery could have exercised a bit more insight in choosing his specimens.

I believe the essence of the real and deep critique of Noynoy of the truly cluey that routinely flies over most peoples' heads is that he represents the profound vacuousness of The Filipino Vote and the National "Debate". Noynoy embodies Shelley Gare's Triumph of the Airheads -- a propagation of a national "debate" renowned for its focus on the droll and unintelligent, the trivial or the irrelevant.

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