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Reading Response #2 Dr. Sun Hee Teresa Lee Love Letters influence on Filipinos In Dogeaters , signs and various discourses including TV, gossip, and radio programs bombard the Philippines’ world. The Filipinos create a reality within the constraints of the various discourses that is superficial and underlies reality. To put into Jean Baudrillard’s terminology, The Filipino’s ideas exist partly in the “simulacrum” or, “semiotics extended from its common one; a copy of a copy which has been so dissipated in its relation to the original that it can no longer be said to be a copy” (Cain, 1732). In other words, the pervasive discourses create a false world that the Filipinos inhabit. The discourses serve as vehicles for ideas to be conveyed about identity and roles within society. The popular serial radio show, Love Letters is an extremely powerful discourse in the novel to convey ideas of national identities specifically among lower class citizens. The ideas expressed within the show exhibit underlying themes of power struggles among classes and a reinforcing theme of the proletariat overcoming the servant or peasant. The dominant themes in the serial are reinforced every episode and the government controls the media tenaciously. Any opposition to the government’s views are quelled and censored by the Special Squadron urban Warfare Unit. The Episode of Love Letter #99 begins with the audience’s introduction to Dalisay. Dalisay “is a beautiful young servant who’s been deflowered by the handsome Mario, the son of wealthy landowner Don Pedro de Leon…” (Hagedorn, p.12). Immediately the audience learns of a young subordinate woman who has lost her virginity to a man of the proletariat class. The
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This essay was uploaded on 03/18/2009 for the course ENGL 3377 taught by Professor Rivera,joh during the Fall '08 term at Colorado.

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