Just hours after the The Voice Kids Philippines Season 2 announcement of the Top 6 artists who could proceed to the Live Shows, mixed reactions from netizens buzz around social networking sites. The TV program which consistently becomes a worldwide trend every weekend boosted not only young Filipino talent but also, the country’s love for music.
However, if a certain contestant many people are rooting for does not make it, they lose their minds and express their bitter opinions online. Just like that, it’s as of everyone can be a “voice expert”, a “sport analyst”, or “specialist” is his/her own rights. Let the reality be old, PEOPLE HEAR WHAT THEY WANT TO HEAR.
This phenomenon is not only true is singing contests or any talent show. Do you remember how the people reacted when Manny Pacquaio lost to Timothy Bradley and Floyd Mayweather? (See: Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley the Aftermath, Memes and Funny Pics and Floyd Mayweather Jr., the Newest Meme in the Internet). Again just like that, everyone becomes boxing commentators. Unfortunately, people against public opinion become memes.
Is public opinion online reliable?
The question seems simple but it is actually very complex. There are a lot of variables to be considered here. Are these people in any way related to the contestants? Because we are human, we have our own bias and prejudices. That is natural because we have a natural tendency to be ethnocentric. We favor someone because he/she is blood related, he/she came from the same place, you are a fan since the first camera exposure, or simply as you know them personally.
Then, if someone has the same opinion with you online, you form an invisible alliance even if you don’t know that person. On the contrary, if someone argues with you, I can imagine how you wish to have the ability to punch people in the internet.
Before the advent of text messaging and online polling, the decision of winning a competition depends solely on the judges. Only when technology became very convenient that people were given a voice. Unfortunately, debates still continue due to some individuals feel that some winners are not deserving questioning public voting as “not a reliable method.” Some say data can be manipulated by buying of text votes and other campaign machinery.
In the bottom line, public opinion does not necessary reflect a person’s skill or talent but his/her appeal to the masses. Whatever is decided by the show, public opinion cannot do anything about it — especially if it is taped. Virtual whines are left unheard. And even after the contest, an artist’s career depends on the circumstances in the entertainment industry. Fanbase is only one element of the big picture.
Freedom of speech, expression, and information is exercised in a democratic country like the Philippines. Anyone can say his/her own opinions in the cyberworld.
Going back, even if Kyle, Elha, and others were heavily bashed by internet users in YouTube, Twitter, and other outlets, what can they do about it? After all, ABS CBN has the power to determine who’s gonna be famous while mobile and internet providers will become richer during the Live shows.
And oh, by the way, I still believe that online pulse is very powerful. Who knows netizens can demand a wildcard entry for this?
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