Hola. Hello. Uy. Kamusta?
I've been very busy, as usual, and I haven't had the time to blog. But at least I'm breathing. It's just that juggling research and teaching can be very demanding. This is on top of the gazillion of personal things that I have to do and accomplish as a son, sibling, friend, writer, academic, lover (haha!) and as a superstar (kidding!). Nonetheless, here I am and trying to blog and tell the online world, "I'm alive!"
But let me share with you one of the things that is keeping me 'sane' lately. So I've started writing entries in a paper-based and private diary early this year. One day I was in a shop in the city and I just thought of buying a notebook and start writing about my thoughts on a wide range of topics which I often access through online and offline spaces. On a more important note, I promise myself to write down some of my ideas. I just feel bad sometimes that a great (for me) idea just vanishes without being 'immortalised'. Obviously the best way to capture my creative or critical reflections or ideas is to write them down.
Loud and proud, so far, I have already written 28 entries. They contain my 'no holds barred' narratives.I just feel like my 'other' self just starts writing whenever I'm in the mood. But to be honest, diary writing is therapeutic. It's like I'm provided a space to just 'be me'. It's where I can express my emotions, all sorts of feelings. Here are the titles of the entries:
(1) On being a migrant - double displacement?
(2) The phone and the sound of home
(3) On neoliberalism
(4) When the best is not enough
(5) Karaoke subjectivities
(6) A structured society
(7) Im/mobility is a BIATCH!
(8) Discursive infrastructures
(9) One day, so when?
(11) Relational selfie subjectivity
(12) In search of belongingness and intimacy
(13) I can write
(14) Photographs and home
(15) Care in the time of fake news
(16) Mobile media caravan and the myth of a free show
(17) The politics of mobilities
(18) Meanings as tags
(19) Glam up and YouTube
(20) The politics of space-time compression
(21) Capitalism, mobility and communication
(22) Erasing subcultures
(23) On privacy in networked connectivity
(25) The future of human labor
(26)Displacement and stability through mobile media
(27) Participatory culture, by who, for who?
(28) City, spectacle and rights
and the list goes on and on and on...
It is important to note that these entries were written while I was on the move. You might be asking, "why?" Personally, I find it fascinating to reflect and write while moving/experiencing different environments.For example, I often write while I'm travelling to the city, eating alone in a cafe, waiting for a friend in a shopping mall, having coffee while 'people watching', or even getting frustrated on not being able to reach a high note (yup, I love singing!). But don't worry as I don't write while I'm in the toilet. Hashtag, GROSS! Although I'm imagining a funny scenario:I am singing in the shower (like hitting a Mariah song, yup some dash of postcolonialism!) and my voice is detected by a sensor, and suddenly I'll stop singing and I'll say what's on my mind and everything will be written on the diary. Digital pen with sensors? I sense a Black Mirror-ish drama.
On a serious note, my entries essentially reflect my experiences as a migrant in moving in/through digital communication technologies.I do hope to publish my entries in the future. But for now let's keep everything in private. I am also drawing some of my upcoming small research projects from my 'musings' while on the move.
So if you're thinking of writing entries in a 'traditional' diary then do it. You'll be surprised.I also suggest that you deploy critical autoethnography. Write those stories and experiences by reflecting upon your position in our society.
I would like to invite you to my upcoming talk. I will be presenting a paper entitled "Rethinking mediated Im/mobilities: Uncovering the paradoxical consequences of mobile media use in the conduct of Filipino family life at a distance" in the 2018 AsiaPacific@ RMIT Seminar Series. Check the LINK.
I am looking forward to a critical discussion on re-imagining the role of digital media in engendering and undermining transnational connections.