ARE THE PEOPLE BEHIND THE CLOSURE OF CHIKTIME HAPPY NOW?
If I were you, dollface, I wouldn't want to be going around admitting this.....
Based on the online information that has been sent to me, it seems like the blogosphere is mourning the loss of the website everyone loves to hate, Chikatime.com.
(I don't look for material myself because as it is I don't even know HOW to begin to look seeing as I already have a hard time looking for my glasses or my dogs...)
When SOOZY HOPPER DIED, I cried.
Now that CHIKATIME CLOSED, I am so fuckin' angry I want EVERYONE TO KNOW!!! (But I have my ways of dealing with anger----at a bookstore near you!)
Although I am very new to blogging, there are several points that irritate me about people who want to 'control' the content of cyberspace.
1) As long as there is no racism, sexism, child pornography and/or bestiality, the contents of someone's blog is really NONE OF ANYONE'S BUSINESS.
If you want to control the contents of a blog, then I suggest you take it up with people in trad-media where they can REALLY CONTROL what is published or aired. Cyberspace is the last territory (actually, a very new one like a housing development on reclaimed land) of vigilante journalism.
There is also the option of putting up YOUR OWN BLOG to fight other blogs...
But mine is simply to promote my books and "gather information"....
2) The ones who complain are usually those who want to be public figures by being famous for being famous but without any effort at all except by getting dressed and showing up. Some even get dresses for FREE!
But, sadly boys and gheys, being a public figure is like marriage where from store opening to scandal, ya gotta be there, baby. If you put yourself out at every party, you BETTER be ready when scandal comes a-calling. Better yet, if you can't stay away from scandal or bad behaviour, stay away from the cameras!
What is SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND?? You don'd have to go to UCLA Film to get it!
If you can't take the heat, why go into the kitchen in the first place? Just watch cooking shows on TV!! (I love the ocean but I have sworn off beaches so I simply watch National Geographic!)
(This is why I have abso-fuckin'-lutely no sympathy for socilialites and movie stars but have a lot of sympathy for royalty because they are literally 'born in captivity' to the public and papps)
Also worth noting, social climbers with 'information' to hide. Perhaps Chikatime hits hard because like they say in PR, "If there's smoke, there's fire!" FIRE FIRE FIRE!!!
3) Is the Philippines REALLY that big a tech-society that they know the word 'cybercrime?"
The following are excepts from a story in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
"The cybercrime bill would contain definitions of cybercrime, punishment of such crimes and provisions on cooperation with the international community, among others.
Last year, the DoJ created a task force to deal with cybersecurity issues in legislation and investigation....The task force worked closely with the Council of Europe, a private organization, and local experts composed of IT practitioners and other stakeholders."
Okay--do you think the Council of Europe really cares about the contents of Chikatime when they had the Nigerian Gold Scam going around cyberspace for years? (I think they caught the guy last weeek)
"Among the top priorities of the group was to work for the passage of the cybercrime prevention act, which failed to pass in the previous Congress. -----Meanwhile, Sy said that two major cybercrime cases were filed by the National Bureau of Investigation this week. These cases involve Internet libel and qualified theft."
If something failed to pass in Congress, Top Priority ba 'yan?? Kung Top Priority bakit it didn't pass?? With the I Love You virus originating from the Philippines, global phishing, identity theft etc, we concern ourselves with LIBEL and QUALIFIED THEFT....OH MY GAS!!! (as Chikatime would say)
Suddenly we have made cybercrime a priority in a country with NO WI-FI and LIMITED BROADBAND???
How many times have I been on MSN messenger with someone in the Philippines and THEIR network dies??? HUH?? Or more elementary, their phone has no signal!!
(and suddenly we are HIGH TECH CSI-24 Cybercrime investigators!!)
I have a feeling the NBI has NUTTIN' to do with Chikatime's closure....
4) Why did these people CHOOSE to pick on Chikatime and no one else? The God of Cyberspace knows there are SO MANY other such sites!!
As far as I'm concerned, they have NOT BROKEN any law (see point number 1). Who could take themselves SO SERIOUSLY to have them closed down? Many of Chikatime's subjects of ridicule STILL enjoyed the blog while it was up. The best thing about Chikatime is that it had no alliance (unlike MANY people we know with TOO MANY...), no agenda and no identity (but so what??)
AND SO WHAT if they were 'in Makati lang pala or General Santos or wherever making 20,000 a month..." Clearly, this is yet another example of playground mentality (rich vs poor) because if this was put up by the head of a call center who owned a WHOLE building and who had the whole government in his pocket, this closure would not have happened, WOULD IT???
And now, kiddies, before I close, I leave you with this wonderful quote from Mr Bennet in Pride and Prejudice...(and if you are READING this blog or have READ CHIKATIME and DO NOT agree with this, you are a HYPOCRITE!!)
"For what do we live, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn."
Yan lang pow.....
Later today, I will have more news unfit to print.
If I remember to post.