BEST BOOK OF JOURNALISM
By Luis V. Teodoro
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The University of the Philippines Press
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“Language,” it is said in absurdist plays, “is often dislocated, full of clichés, puns, repetitions, and non sequiturs.” And we find ourselves overwhelmed by the poisonous words that filter out of the turret, drifting down like some mantra of state functionaries to help us imagine an impossible future.
Teodoro knows the irony too well: with the clinical eye of an academic, he marshals data and historical contexts to pin down the powerholders, sparing no one—much unlike other “pundits” who dribble words for their patrons’ pleasure. He sees through the charade of duplicitous sovereigns.
Teodoro spares no institution that lumbers like a dinosaur: landlords who perpetuate dynasties and form private armies; archbishops who sermonize about critical collaboration and power-sharing; the Supreme Court which lets slip, with indecent glory, its partisan patronage.