Yesterday, I was reading the comments to the recent article: The "Bring 'em Back Act". They were somehow very satisfying. Mature perspectives. Intelligent observations. People bringing new information to the table to supplement the original article. "Great!" I thought. And as I was basking in the satisfaction, jim-e-cricket popped in with this remark:
- Best discussion ever, thanks...hope we can keep up the quality and some of these comments plant a few good seeds on good soil (before it is too late)!
Yes, that's it exactly.
The Society of Honor does not aspire to be a chat room for social amusement, or a place where people show off by putting others down with immature insult or smart-assed one-upmanship. What is the point of that, if we seek to display a healthy regard for ourselves and others? The blog does not promote an agenda, other than to think, often playing off of cultural differences, east versus west.
Joe Am's articles are designed to be mildly provocative, and sometimes more than mildly. The aim is to whip up the reader's cranial electrons with a stirring stick, from headline to closing line. The goal is not to pronounce truths, but to suggest them, or draw a few deductions, or even put 2 plus 2 together in a way that we get 7. The idea is that READERS will bring to the table a lot more experience, information and perspective than Joe Am could ever hope to accumulate. And the aim is to do the stirring up of ideas in a way that is . . . well . . . just a little dramatic, a little irreverent, a little literate. So that readers WANT to see what is cooking today at The Society of Honor.
Then we are operating, not as Joe Am the pseudo-oracle, but as a society of intelligent people interested in the well being of the Philippines.
Like the concept that Dr. de Dios expressed in the "Bring 'em Back Act" thread regarding tertiary schools: the best case is quality over quantity. Let other blogs shoot for popular readership and the titillation of insult, we will shoot for intelligence, insight and information and, hopefully, in the way we influence others . . . action.
Interestingly enough, readership is up. And it appears, from recent comments, to be quality readership.
I hope so. The blog needs a certain critical mass to have greater influence on opinion makers.
That's when we jointly are doing the best work we can for the Philippines.
Thank you to all who follow the blog, and especially to those who help build it by contributing their observations, information and opinions.
Read on, write on.