About this blog

Note: we migrated this blog from its original http://blogs.abs-cbnnews.com/mariaressa in January 2011. Not all the comments, links and “likes” made it here. Apologies to those whose inputs were left behind.

“Oh brave new world! That has such people in it!
– William Shakespeare

I love the way Shakespeare’s famous phrase – and irony – has been picked up by authors through the years – Voltaire in 1759, Emile Zola in 1885, Rudyard Kipling in 1919 and Aldous Huxley in 1939. It is the inspiration for this blog.

In each of these works, the characters somehow are idealistic (or naïve) and jump into a future world with wonder, expecting the best of human nature. Often, they’re disappointed. In Huxley’s Brave New World, the protagonist hangs himself.

We are living in a brave new world – in the midst of massive change triggered by technology. It is changing the world because it is changing us, our relationships, the way we think, the way we feel, the way we communicate and, ultimately, the way we act.

Convergence is often thrown around as a technical term – the flow of content across multiple media platforms, but convergence is actually very much about people. It occurs within each of our brains and changes the way we interact with each other in our daily lives. Each of us finds our meaning and creates our interpretations and personal myths from the information we consume.

For a long time, I’ve felt first-hand how technology has changed my profession – journalism. From the fax to the cellphone as large as a suitcase to blackberrys, it changed the way we report. The internet gradually demolished the old world. Globally, journalism is being redefined by the migration of print and broadcasting audiences to the internet and social media. People want their news on demand. NOW is not fast enough.

Citizen journalists can be as powerful as traditional journalists, particularly in breaking news situations. Gone are the days when traditional gatekeepers, professional news organizations, defined the news. They are still powerful, but Twitter and FaceBook spread news faster, often in a more authentic way. I want to understand and harness – if possible – this democratization of power. Traditional broadcasting, the internet, social media and mobile phone technology for social change – that was my ongoing focus the past six years.

I remain optimistic and idealistic but am woefully aware of the dangers ahead. I’ve seen the wisdom of crowds turn into a lynching mob: Andrew Keen wasn’t wrong when he said our world is turning into “a cult of amateurs.”

Still, I don’t think we can hide behind barricaded doors. Our world has become more complex, and we have no choice but to embrace it.

We have to make sense of these developments, and be conscious of how they are changing us.

This is my attempt to understand myself, my profession and our brave new world.

Thank you in advance for reading and sharing your ideas!

79 Responses to About this blog

  1. Kristi-Ana says:

    You are very inspiring! Hope I can watch you more on TV.!

  2. Mike Salvadore says:

    I can't wait to read your new book. We must get together if you come to the Northeast or I could use a vacation in California if it's in your future plans. I still listen to your songs and think you should release an album. Your talent has amazed me since you played that first song for me in Seaside Heights on the night you moved fom TR. All the best, Mike

    • Maria Ressa says:

      We must definitely get together! Will let you know when am coming to US. What memories! So glad to hear from you.

  3. Junn Duque says:

    Nice piece Ma’am Ressa. A MUST READ! We have to find the courage to SAY NO to evil acts. Corruption is endemic – We must fight for it – it must to be eradicated!!! We must have to do what’s RIGHT – not just for ourselves, but for our COUNTRY!!! Mabuhay po kayo!

  4. philbasiceducation says:

    Hello. I hope you would take time to read my blog

    I seem not able to publicize these commentaries to Filipinos but I feel that it is important that
    Filipinos are made aware of the actual changes that will occur with DepEd's curriculum. Much of
    the discussion has been confined to the additional two years at the end of high school. There
    seems to be no discussion of the changes (and these are the ones that will occur before 2016)
    that will happen in the current 10-year system. Thank you for your time.

    -Angel de Dios

  5. jobelizes says:

    I just read your DRAW THE LINE artcle and message to FEU graduates. I self-publish paperbacks as a hobby and make Writings Book Series, as shown in my listing at http://www.amazon.com under "tatay jobo elizes" Can I use Draw The Line article in my forthcoming Writings-13? I sell books to earn royalty so I can give piglets to rural families in Phl. More about me can be seen at http://www.jobelizes.wordpress.com and http://www.groups.yahoo.com/group/pignet. Your fan. TJ

  6. billcars123 says:

    I totally admire you Mr. Maria. I consider you a hero in the news and media. I always watch you on ANC

  7. jaime says:

    maria is awesome. she took the Philippine media to new heights. maria lets have our own production.

  8. myra says:

    i admire you so much i love hearing you talk sounds like a brave angel to me keep it up Ms Ressa!

  9. Nonie Pomarin says:

    Seeing You In Person Had Just Inspired Me Even More To Become A 'Back Pack Journalist' In My Own Simple Ways. You're One of The Best Speakers I Had Ever Listened In To. More Power, Ms. Maria Ressa… I'm A Fan…

  10. Patricia says:

    Hi Ms. Maria. I emailed you po using the email above. I'm a student at Miriam, and would like to interview you. Please reply. Thanks po.

  11. senorica says:

    Hi, my name is Rica Facundo and I'm from the Association of Communication Majors in Ateneo. We're planning a Social Media Summit this coming December. We'd like to invite you to be one of our key note speakers. If you're interested, I can send you more information via email. Looking forward to hearing your reply! Thanks!

    Rica Facundo 🙂

  12. glenn says:

    hi miss maria.where can i have your video of 9/11 the philippine connection?i really needed it,if its not much of an asking 2 u.pls badly need ur help.my email is tuts1914@yahoo.com

  13. BernadetteYoung says:

    Great blog, love the website. We met in the early 90s in the Philippines. I am back in Chicago, but I think I have caught you a few times on CNN over the years.

  14. Lia says:

    Dear Ms.Ressa,

    I know u probably get this a lot but I just want to ask if would be interested in being a judge for one of the advocacy-journalist program of one of the Philippines’ top univirsities.

    Please let me know.And even if you say no I just want to say I think you’re one of the most courageous people I know:)

  15. Alex says:

    Hi Maria! We would like to invite you to speak at the 6th ICCS Convention on Media Communication at the University of the Philippines on August 13, 2011. Can I ask for your email address so I can send you the formal letter of invitation. Thank you very much.



  16. Sheila Marie A. Erilla says:

    I’m so happy that I stumble upon your website. I’ve only been in the Philippines for a year and your name seems to be familiar. Then I started to recall memories of you and I remember that you were on CNN and I use to be proud of boasting about you because you were, a Filipina who made it. Now you are no longer with, “ABS CBN” but I still crave for your point of view. You possess empathy for “human interest” and that’s what I would like to do in the future.

    Thanks, for inspiring me.


    JUNE 30….

    YOU HAVE GUTS TO GO INDEPENDENT AND SHARE VIA BLOG… u need not go into the trap of commenting in every show/program revamp and restructuring within abs… ms ressa opted to get out of the network… i prefer to read her in this blog….IN PURSUIT OF TRUTH….thanx…om shanti

  18. freddie says:

    i admire your expertise on terrorism, more power!

  19. pam says:

    I really took quality time to listen your commentaries. Every time you appear on tv, I'm like listening to you in person. 🙂 Can't explain the feeling. Basta, i've learned lot from you. I also enjoyed the 'fun-facts' you often feed @twitter Keep it up po!

  20. francis cordero says:

    Extremely great! I never thought of watching your videos more enhancing than reading them on text. Certainly I'm going to wait for more articles and videos to come… Mabuhay po kayo Ms. Ressa.

  21. Kaye Jimenez says:

    All the best always, Ms. Ressa. Godspeed!

  22. danny o. salunga says:

    As SVP of ABS-CBN News Dept. I hope and pray that there will be some segment that will tackle the SSS pension in which millions are involved esp. the recent bill submitted to congess to increase the pension.
    just imagine the current pension now receiving by our seniors.

    Thank You and God Bless,

    Danny O. Salunga
    OFW in Saudi Arabia and
    SSS OFW member

    • Maria Ressa says:

      Hi, Danny, I left ABS-CBN at the end of last year. Am in Singapore writing a book for the next few months.

  23. Raphael Espinosa says:

    I've always look up to you for your credibility and integrity. I know you're doing this for all the right reason – because the world needs to know. Keep up the good work and may God bless you always!

  24. Lz Ching says:

    The most credible and respectable journalist the Philippines ever had…
    Keep up the goodwork… been following your career ever since your CNN stint..

  25. jaymie perez says:

    Ms. Ressa,

    the first time that i have heard you during an interview, you have not only cught my ears, but also made me to listen more deeply with the incredible ideas you have, you truly did inspired me…

    thank you,


  26. jaja says:

    you are simply the best!

  27. mario says:

    Thank you Mam, you are really inspiring, I hope you will consider writing an unbiased report (which you always do) on how our President is faring so far, our mainstream media is really compromised.

  28. francis cyril says:

    I really like your site… I do have another reason now logging in the web in order to watch and read every articles you posted in here. More power to you.

  29. mommy says:

    I love Maria Ressa!

  30. pat vergel de dios says:

    Ms.Maria…. the brave ,extremely intelligent lady…. I admire you so so much. I wish you can be back on TV so we can listen to your commentaries. There is a big difference in listening and blogging…..but for now…blog will be fine. MORE POWER….. Mabuhay!

  31. Mr Blass says:

    Thanks! A cup of coffee, a no-salt biscuit and your blog will become my daily morning fare from now on. Keep the faith and the good work!

  32. Corinna says:

    Ms. Ressa, first off, thank you for being active in the net albeit "disappearing" from the broadcast airwaves. They don't quite know what they lost. Love your entires, and, more importantly, you don't have to 'go under the veil' of objectivity. As you said in your Storyline interview, being human and a citizen of a country already sets you for a particular stance.

    I must admit that while I'm a fan of your website, I've only gathered the courage to comment due to vested interests. I'm a student taking up my Master's in South Korea, and am preparing to write my thesis re women journalists being practitioners of peace journalism in the coverage of conflicts and wars in nations. Specifically, I have chosen several journalists, such as you, to study how they have chosen to cover the minorities, such as women and children, conflict resolution and the humanization of the results of conflict on all sides.

    Given this, I would just like to inform you that I intend to use information found in this web site, as well as from the documentaries and news reports you have made, in order to make the analysis related to my thesis question. Further, I was hoping to implore for your help in such that, if you have other articles or books that you have written or have been written about you that can be of help, please do not hesitate to send their titles so that I may find copies of them.

    Thank you, and know that I am following your laudable works and performance.

    Corinna Bianca Estarija

  33. ester says:

    Thanks Maria Ressa. I agree with you in toto and if i may add to your # 3 recommendation is to be courageous enough to say it all even if its all against odds — tipping point to honesty and public accountability follow. After all, what happened lately is a natural occurrence of karmic law (e.g. Lacson, Chavit Singson, Garcia, et al)

  34. vivian says:

    wow! ang galing! now im INSPIRED!!!! to work on my writing 🙂
    Keep up the good work!!
    Continue to be an inspiration to others!
    God Bless! 🙂

  35. charlie says:

    maria ressa and anthony tabierna are my idols. kakaiba talaga ang mga punto de vista ng mga taong may mapanuring mata at ginagamit ang malaking karne sa kaloob-looban ng kanilang kokote upang ibulalas at ipahayag ang mga bagay at pilit na pinaamoy sa madla ang masasamang bahong pilit itinatago ng mga taong tiwali at makahudas.kapag englishan na, maria ressa idol kita, ngunit kapag ang opinyon ay nasa sariling wika natin nakaimprinta, anthony tabierna, the best talaga. ang pagiging mamamahayag ay hindi trabaho ng mga duwag. ang mga mamamayan ay magiging bulag kung wala sila. may God bless all the journalist in the philippines.

  36. tess A. says:

    I am a grandmother appalled at the rapid changes I have seen in my short lifetime. I love that you care enough for our country to express what needs to be express if we are to discern what is happening to us. I never tire of passing on the ideas across the dinner the table to my children and grandchildren. And oh yes, I also know how to post on FB. More power to you and may there be more of you to keep us all on our toes and running towards what is good.

  37. Grandier says:

    I consider you as a brave voice in this country of ours. WE need people like you who is still keeping that idealistic/realistic torch alive and burning! I hope there will be more like you who can inspire everyone to do better. More power to you!

  38. Regina says:

    Dear Ms. Maria Ressa,

    Your words are so inspirational and our team from VMS (video blogging mobile application) would like to include you in our pool of bloggers, local and international. To learn more about VMS, please visit http://www.ironroad.com and http://www.vmsplay.com.

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  39. Vanessa Ordaneza says:

    You are an inspiration! A well-rounded, brilliant and fantastic journalist. I hope you will have your own show.

  40. Alex Ginete says:

    So proud of you…..
    Keep sailing Ms. Maria Ressa….

  41. Joshua Lee says:

    an intelligent woman. i always adore the way she speak, soft spoken but authoritative. 🙂

  42. Padsdanny says:

    I am really proud of you specially for choosing to work in the Philippines despite the many offers you have abroad . Keep the pinoy in you . Mabuhay ka!

  43. lito rimando says:

    a true journalist at it's best,more power to you! ms.ressa God Bless !

  44. Brenda says:

    So proud of you Maria.
    Brenda (TRHSNorth)

  45. christopher says:

    i really love maria as a journalist. professionalism and strong ethical standards is a must to succeed

  46. resty odon says:

    wow the maria ressa as blogger. welcome, welcome!

  47. JM Ganotisi says:

    I Hope you can give feedback to the newscast of revamp TV patrol and Bandila?

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