I remember one of the first few questions Sir Barry asked the class: How much have you changed in the last ten years? At that moment, I literally couldn’t force an answer out of myself. I never liked personal questions about myself: I hate digging deep in me to find out what my favorite songs or hobbies are–as well as being asked to describe myself. So I didn’t even try.
As I sat there ready to play Who Wants to be a Millionaire, I couldn’t help but feel amused at the Vic Sotto’s question: What is Organizational Communication? It was the one question I’ve been asked for the most part of my past four years in college. It was the same question I almost always answered in autopilot—to freshmen, to clients, to internship interviewers, to my mom’s amigas, to high school batchmates, to relatives, and to so many other people who’ve gone in and out of my life in the recent past.
You know the Internet has made a lot of people filthy rich. And that’s the problem. You just know; unlike a “lot of people”, you’re not actually involved in the entire process of making yourself filthy rich.
Even if you wanted to, you just don’t know how. There’s either too little or too much to work with. There are a lot of walkthroughs giving general guides as to where you can start, but what I’ve noticed about the few articles is their lack of specificity. For people who are just about to make the Internet a melting pot of cash, it’s hard to know where to begin without a detailed companion on how to earn money online.
Organizations like PCD
How would you react if the Pussycat Dolls suddenly released a single featuring all five members singing equal parts of the song? I bet you didn’t even know there were five members in the group, did you?
To answer my own question, I would feel very surprised, even uncomfortable. What, after about 15 songs where Nicole Scherzinger sang majority of every song (or more like the entire song, with the other four dancing sensually, sometimes skankily, along the tune), they suddenly decide to do things differently and actually give a fair chance to everyone in the group?
Remember when we were in class and didn’t stop bitching about the disadvantages of the broadcast model of communication? Somewhere in my vague memory, I even remember reciting about the disadvantages of traditional media–print, radio and broadcast. And it’s not just me–most classmates of mine didn’t think the former trio worked for them anymore.
We will no longer need the projections of the oft inebriated Paula Abdul or the dawg-laden remarks of Randy Jackson as to who they think the next world class singer is.Filipinos here and abroad don’t have to pimp their kababayan, who’s in the running for some pop star title, through old school media.
In a tone equal to that used by Christopher Locke in the Internet Apocalypso, I ask: who the hell is Christopher Locke? Who is this man, talking in an authoritative, sometimes even assertive, manner? I am abhorred: where are the academic sources to support his claims? Where are the dates? The statistics? References?
True, we Filipinos may be lagging far behind in terms of technology of all sorts–robotics, genetic advancements, even nuclear breakthroughs.
This lag, however, does not at all curtail the Filipino’s use of the Internet. One only needs to look at our self-assured awards–texting capital of the Philippines, first mobile payment service, and so many other social media breakthroughs–to be convinced that we are, indeed, a growing breed of new social media users.
I am excited. Shamelessly excited, as a matter of fact.
From the moment my professor, Sir Barrientos, gave the class his syllabus for the course Communication Trends and Style until the end of the period, I couldn’t help but squirm with excitement: we were having a subject on new social media!
I wasn’t excited because I was a social networking frenzied boy, but because the subject opened up an ocean of possibilities I always knew was out there. I couldn’t help but think that this subject was the exact impetus that I needed in order to get my online writing skills jolted to life. After all, the thought of getting closer to that dreadfully low grade is probably the only kicking I need to, well, jolt me to life… next to losing money, of course (Blame it on my Ilocano upbringing. Hehe).
Looking back, I could only remember snippets of my professor’s orders. I was in la la land thinking of different, although a bit related, things: the unfinished courses in internet marketing, the niche blog I’ve always planned on creating, the unread lessons in search engine optimization, the clients that always asked for my writing samples, the personal websites of other freelance writers I’d feel jealous of…. all the frustrations pent up in the 2 years that I have been freelance writing online.
In other words, I had a self-serving purpose. The website I always wanted to put up would finally materialize, I thought to myself.
But I’m getting ahead of myself. There is, after all, a thesis to start (and finish), a semester to overcome, a whole lot of projects (a definition: purposely vague) to work on, and an academic year to survive.
And, currently at the top of it all, an aspect of social media to explore, understand, and blog about!
So, Sir Barry, OrCom batchmates, online and offline friends, would-be clients, Google searchers (Google Adwords shall be my friend!), and anybody else who stumbles upon this yet undeveloped piece of a site: welcome to Arvin Razon’s Empire.
You see, there are a lot of reasons why my excitement is warranted. :>