Million People March against Pork Barrel Projects: from Potentiality to Actuality


In this paper, we endeavored to ask how virtual reality becomes a public space for advocacies, which call for crowd mobilization in the Philippines. We particularly analyzed the Million People March against pork barrel projects, which happened on August 26, 2013, in Luneta Park, Manila. We also discussed how micro-blogging sites (facebook and twitter) on the cyberspace stirred up the event even before becoming a physical and material event. We tried to use the concepts of public sphere introduce by Jurgen Habermas (1974, 1989) and as expanded by Lincoln Dahlberg (2007) as cyberpublic , and virtuality of Hayles and Deleuze (As Quoted in A. de Souza e Silva & Sutko, 2011). We also discussed the limitations and constraints to the participative and democratic potentials of blogosphere as explained by Cammaerst (2008).

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Joseph Reylan Viray, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, The Philippines
Kriztine R. Viray, Polytechnic University of the Philippines, The Philippines

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Conference: ACAS2015
Stream: South-East Asian Studies (including Thailand

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