Truly the age of information and technology is a boon and a bane.
When we can see in real time how our elected leaders spend their time inside their august halls, it profits us to know if we made the right choices or not. And here the benefits of technology are only too clear.
But when these same leaders begin to act like little children wrestling for control of the schoolyard, we see only a bunch of power-hungry persons trying to play to the emotions of their electorate.
Because, really, all these honorable Senators were doing were grandstanding in an effort to be recognized and hopefully get re-elected in May.
In the old days when it was only necessary to deliver a good speech and hope that your message was brought across successfully to the reporters who were going to write their story, the Senators only needed to give a good pose for the photographers to snap at.
Those were the days when formality and proper decorum were observed inside the halls of congress and profanity and insults were a part of the real world not theirs.
In those days, honorable men would walk up to the lectern and at least pretend that, for a brief period in their lives, they had the honor to represent their constituents and acted in a manner befitting a true representative, with honor and dignity.
But television and live coverages changed all these. When the first congressional hearings went live and the actors, because that is what they have turned into today, found out they garnered more viewers by being dramatic, everything just went haywire.
We see today the Senate and Congress hearing just like we would watch a noontime teleserye or Kris Aquino and her expose’s. And they all contain the same thing, drama without substance, all played out for our entertainment.
Senator Nene Pimentel makes a rude and base aside to Senator Mar Roxas who in turn makes a (bad acting) reaction. Then the whole proceeding explodes into chaos.
Isn’t this something we would see in a tele-novela, when two opposing beings first insult each other and then end up scratching each other up?
Senator Juan Ponce Enrile making an expose’ attacking Manny Villar looks too much like Kris Aquino charging Ayen Austria on SNN.
And mind you, all these examples are on national TV, espoused and even prayed for by the big networks to milk the ratings. And where do they get the ratings? The same place where the politicos get their votes, from us!
So our lives have fallen to nothing but an act, a big script that needs to be played out, with these politicians as the stars and we are the fans.
I can actually feel for Senator Mirriam Santiago and her decision to just walk out of the proceedings this afternoon if I did not know that she was also playing the audience.
We are now victims of our own technology and the only way out of it is if we can force ourselves from watching these kind of shows and demand for a more substantial content driven programming.
But as it is, we do not direct programming, even if we are the target of these shows. Sad to say we are at the mercy of the programming gurus who decide what we should watch and actually tell’s us so.
And the sadder part is that we enjoy these farce and slapstick. We actually want to see more of these. So here we are, at the receiving end of what should be a wonderful technology but is used as an entertainment tool.
And believe it when we say that that is all our national leaders are good for. We pay them in the billions of our personal and tax money to entertain us. And they say politics is boring!