I have decided to write about this topic due to the fact that this is one of the most interesting topics that we’ve discussed in our GLOBDEV class, and I believe that it is a topic that is very evident in our society nowadays. We live in a society that depends on information and communication to keep moving in the right direction and do our daily activities like work, entertainment, health care, education, personal relationships, and anything else that we have to do. The media has a very big impact on our lives since it basically affects us as a society and as an individual in terms of decision making. In a business perspective, the media makes lots of money with the advertising they sell and that we are exposed to. We buy what we are told to be good, after seeing thousands of advertisements, we make our buying decisions based on what we saw on Tv, newspapers or magazines to be a product we can trust and also based on what everyone else that we know is buying and their decision are also base don the media. In terms of politics, we are all exposed to what the media wants us to believe, which is not necessarily the truth. It affects our way of thinking when in comes to our country’s economic, social and political aspects. I personally believe that everyone is affected by what the media tells us and what it wants us to believe. It is the biggest influencing factor in our society nowadays, and it’s basically something we cannot avoid.
Honestly, I don’t really see that much gender inequality issues in the Philippines. I think that nowadays, women are given just as much privileges, power, jobs and responsibilities than that of the men, compared to that of our history. Maybe there is inequality, but i think it’s rather shallow. An example of which is the difference in the treatment of parents to sons and daughters. Clearly, guys are more trusted mainly because it is in the stereotype of guys or in our culture for men to be able to defend themselves at the time of need. I consider this as shallow, because it’s not one of the factors that make our country poor. I think that The main issue is that the people should choose the right leaders to lead our country, have it to be a man or a woman. People look at men and women the same way nowadays. Most people won’t underestimate your power and capailities just because your a woman. People don’t judge other people based on gender. However, gender preference is a different story. People judge other people based on their actions, and that’s where we should base our potential future country leaders.
In our previous GLOBDEV Master Lecture, Prof Francis asked for a raise of hands of students who wanted to work in multinational corporations in the Philippines. I personally want to work in a a corporation as such (preferrably an FMCG type) after i graduate. It was my goal since high school. Not only did i want to (eventually) earn a rather high salary, but also because I dream of launching my very own product in the market. Some people may think that most successful multinational corporations in the Philippines are full of blood-sucking, competitive people. I, myself, can’t defend that some corporate people may have that kind of attitude as well as crab-mentality, but i believe that this idea should not be generalized. I believe that a person should do something he or she loves for the benefit of the common good and not for selfish motives. I, for example, would want to work in a company such as Nestle or Kraft Foods because of my dream of helping other people by bringing to the market something that may be of their convenience and practicality in life. If people had this kind of mindset instead of just taking advantage of an already successful company by brutally corrupting it, or for other selfish reasons, a lot people would want to work there as well.