Dis 20, 2014

Annotation 1: Solacito’s “Pader”

Solacito [1] uses the structure and language of pre-Timeline Facebook to tell her story in reverse. A lover lays bare her feelings to an unresponsive beloved through posts that are, in turns, crazed, hostile, and pining.

We find at least four ephemera. Most glaring is the mortality of the lover. We begin (in the first two pages) and end (in terms of chronology) with word of Karla Fajardo’s death. Next, the gender of the beloved, Bianca Mendoza, whose change of partner signaled her shift away from being a lesbian. As had been posted on her wall: “Condolence dude... err dudette na pala! XD pero condolence talaga.”

Third, language itself, in particular the J3j3mon register. Consider by AnA GaRciA’s defense of Bianca—“Hey! wG kUnG anO2x iNiiCp hA!!!?! d qAh mY kZalANan”—posted on Christmas day.

Fourth, the platform. While it seems Facebook won’t go the way of Friendster or Multiply in the immediate future, the end remains a possibility. To prevent its death, FB has to be very responsive to its market and must provide timely corporate changes in as non-disruptive a manner as possible. Its change to the Timeline signals the end of the FB Wall [2], the format that provides both title and narrative structure to this story.

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[1] Solacito, Riena Marie L. “Pader.” In Ang Pagtatapos. Unpublished thesis. March 2012: 33-45.
[2] Timeline of Facebook. Wikipedia. Accessed 20 Dec 2014.