PTB vs. PWiT: Philippine Crab Mentality Online

Okay, I don’t understand why people have to create something out of nothing, i.e., pit Pinoy Tech Blog against PWiT.

(Backtrack: Pinoy Tech Blog is the Philippines’ Premier Technology Blog while PWiT stands for Philippine Week in Tech: Current News, Views and Reviews. A mere parroting of their taglines? I’m avoiding any subjective descriptions here. An added note though—PWiT is obviously a play on TWiT, which stands for This Week in Tech, a netcast turned network of netcasts headed by Leo Laporte. It is also a play on the Filipino word for “ass”.)

The trouble with PWiT is that is reads like a mainstream media blog, like say Engadget. Or CNET. The writers are from mainstream media – just check the blogroll which links to a mix of personal blogs and MSM websites. So, why is the PWiT crew writing for this blog and not for their own publications? Some have blogs of their own, such as Hinge Inquirer and Summit Media?

(Okay, I just quoted half of the whole post. The “source of the controversy” was actually less controversial.)

Stop right there. So what if they’re from mainstream media? So what if “they’re not writing for The Man”? What’s wrong with mainstream? (Did I just say that?) Mainstream is the primary target market in any business, right? Now, even target markets aside, is it so hard to believe that these bunch of PWiTters aren’t writing for the money?

There’s nothing bad about competition, but the question is, is there competition at all?

That is the most disappointing of all.

Both blogs have but the best intentions for Filipinos and technology, but we hope we don’t bring into it our notorious Pinoy penchant for crab mentality. Just blogging is hard enough already. People with nothing better to do will always think of mentioning something along those lines and cause more harm than good.

Filipinos are moving into the blogosphere just as they have invaded the rest of the world. It’s just unfortunate that we’re bringing both our good values and our bad ones.

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  2. remember how, when we were kids we would beat on our siblings whenever we felt that they were getting more attention than us? the philippine internet community as a whole is relatively young, and generally it’s still in that stage where it finds it more interesting to beat on each other than to actually help each other out. (i should know, i glorified it.)

    that said, people will eventually grow out of these tendencies, just like everyone eventually matures and kinda mellows out given enough time. that’s just the way of these things, and has nothing to do with racial or cultural tendencies at all. (in other words, it has nothing to do with the fact that we’re Pinoy; it’s simply because we’re immature.)

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  3. Actually, if you’ll see the second quote, I just picked out the “notorious Pinoy crab mentality” from it. I just think that it’s sad, silly, and pathetic, considering that news about “Pinoys taking over the blogosphere” ought to be a sign of maturity already. Why step backwards and bring one another down?

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  4. Pinoy Crab Mantality
    This is a trait of Filipinos that contributes to the severe poverty that we are facing nowadays. Instances occur when somebody is on the top, his fellows will let him down no matter what happens. I think this is an idiot thinking and no sense. It can cause a lot to the growing Poverty of our country….

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