I just received SPAM mail from my sourceforge account
Look at this girl who wants to get married and what people write about her on the forum http://pro-dota.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=370
The hackers at least got hold of the users' details. There must be better places to get that info. Wonder what else they've gone through
Shirky would get confused I guess, since Philippine media at that time, kept reporting that the Philippines was the "text capital of the world" during those years and kept attributing Estrada's downfall to our text-happy countrymen.
Apart from the noise and the wasted electrons, did it result in her fall from power?
Fall from power isn't the only goal. People benefit from the transparency of government brought by additional info. Election is influenced by the amount of data the people get. What uncensored Internet brought the Philippines is that additional information—the things often omitted by news reports once Malacañang gets wind of it.
All that noise and attention brought by Social Media pushed favor away from people even slightly related to Gloria Arroyo. From the onset, her party's candidate Gibo Teodoro was really low in the ranks until he slowly distanced himself from her. Manny Villar's multi-million Peso campaign was derailed after Twitter reports came in that he received money from Gloria's side.
Aquino won this previous election more or less because of the noisy Filipinos on social networks. Well, I mean other than the death of his mother.
Though if they finally resolve the issue of making a proper multiplayer game with a definite ending, I might actually bite. There are a group of people (myself included), who still prefer, single player games with a definite ending.
Speaking as a Filipino, I know most of the country's been brainwashed thoroughly by American propaganda. The entire "We're the heroes" illusion is well received here. Until relatively recently, most people still think the Americans really demolished the Spanish in the local Spanish-American war, instead of an act to hide the Treaty of Paris.
Japan's goal in WWII was basically a unification of Asia so it could be independent of Western "superiority". Also anecdotal evidence (mostly from my grandparents) says that the Japanese themselves weren't the ones raping and killing the captured population, just the Koreans who worked for them.
This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.