Graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in economics and master’s degree in finance, and fluent in English and French, she is no other than Beatriz Aurora Pinzón Solano, also known as Betty La Fea. She is a very knowledgeable woman with very impressive curriculum vitae but has an unpleasing physical appearance, which makes her search for a job, matching her education and experience, unsuccessful.
This is not a new issue, and Betty is not the only person who’s suffering from the bad fate of not having a pleasing physique. In fact, many people are enduring the “biasness” of the society regarding one’s look. Reality bites. The cliche “Don’t judge the book by its cover,” has no space in the present society that we have now. Almost everyone is guilty of judging one’s personality through his/her ‘cover’. The discrimination based on appearance is a real existing problem, especially inside organizations. Most of the time, one is assessed through his/her height, weight, and physical characteristics; the competency is just a second matter.
A lot of companies are considering striking physical appearance as an important element that an employee must have. Some does not accommodate applicants who seem to be unpleasing for them. And some employers base the paychecks to their employees’ looks. These ideas seem to be absurd, but it is the reality that many people are facing. This is a cruelty that is made by our existing society.
Such discrimination is a real occurrence with huge effects on the lives of those discriminated against. Discrimination based on the different components of physical appearance including height, weight, and general pleasantness or unpleasantness of appearance results to rewards for those blessed with certain attributes, and penalties for persons failing to measure up to the given standard.
Isn’t it substance more significant than form? Or is it the other way around?
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One of the subjects in Organizational Communication is OrCom 145 or Psychology of language. I remember the time when the instructor asked us on how our language represents us. I was sitting the whole period and thinking how I will answer the question. Since I didn’t have the opportunity to share my response to the class because I still had nothing to share up to the last minute, maybe it is now my chance to discuss my late reaction.
Honestly, her question is really hard for me to answer. It is not simply like saying my language represents my nationality (Filipino), as if I am a very nationalistic person. I think it is more than that. The answer is very complex, like how complex language is. So, let us just put it this way; let me first know something about me that I can relate to the language I’m using, and use it to answer the very challenging question.
I will start on my known and unknown part. To be able to discuss it better, let me use the concept of Johari’s Window. This window is used to know one’s self. It has four parts: (1) known to you and known to others, (2) known to you but unknown to others, (3) unknown to you but known to others, and (4) unknown to you and unknown to others. These things make the concept of self complex. It’s like the idea of me having a so-called self which I am not really familiar with. Like myself, there are something in the language I am using which I am aware of, and, also, not aware of. With this aspect, I can say that my language represents me as an individual with known and unknown sense of self.
The way people and things change and grow is also another thing that will help me relate myself to language I’m using. Like me, my language grows and is open to changes. As I grow my language grows. As I change, my language changes. I just can’t remember, or let me just say don’t know, how many words were added to my vocabulary since I was younger up to now. Also, like me, who is open in learning other language or vernaculars, my language is open to use or borrow some words from other language. Who knows that Filipino and English can be use together resulting to the so-called “Taglish” (which when you use with maarteng sound will make you “conio”)? Thus, I can say that my language represents me as an individual in state of flux.
I’m going to leave these lines to end my attempt of answering the challenging question. Pilipino ako kaya mas madalas kong gamit ang Filipino o mas kilala bilang Tagalog. Kaya lang may mga bagay lang talaga na di ko alam tungkol dito, gaya ng di ko pagkaalam sa ibig sabihin ng salipawpaw at salumpuwit, at kung bakit walang tagalog ang toothpaste at cake. Ayan tuloy, I’m sad na.
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It’s been ages since my last post! Almost two months! -_-v
But now that I have the time and the will to write again, let me start for another entry. 🙂
For this post, I like you guys to compare and contrast the following videos in the context of communication evolution:
And Number 2:
What can you say?
Video number 1 is an audio-visual presentation made for our OrCom 143 class, (I was in 3rd year that time.) and the other one is a video blog created and conceptualized last July, 2009. Both are uploaded in YouTube.But don’t dwell on the dates on when they are made. Look at the two videos with the concept of communication evolution in mind.
Here are some challenging questions that might be helpful to you in comparing and contrasting the two videos:
- In which video do you appreciate more the evolution of communication?
- What made the first video better than the other, and vice versa?
- Are the two videos comparable? Or are they contrasting?
This entry seeks opinion and participation from you. You don’t necessarily have to answer the questions above since it’s not a game show with a million peso prize. But whoever leave a comment with the best content will get a hundred peso bill or a hundred peso load as a reward! No kidding! 🙂 🙂 🙂 (I know it’s cheap, but it’s for real! Hahaha) The person with the best comment will be posted on the end of September.
But it’s not the prize that really matters, right? It is the squeezing of juices from our minds. It is how you make brilliant ideas out of this.
Still, May the best commentator win! :))
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