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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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Marie’s crush is Popoy. She wants to get his attention and know everything about him as much as possible. She likes the guy so much. The following are her ways of catching Popoy’s interest.

One day, she got a Facebook account hoping that she could get in touch with him through this. Sadly, Popoy’s in Friendster and a super-fan of it. She’s upset.

The next day, she created a Yahoo account to send him an email and to chat with him. Unfortunately, he’s in his Gmail account and having conversations with friends and classmates.

The next next day, early in the morning, she heard that her crush is into blogging. She turned her laptop on and signed up in WordPress. To her dismay, she found out that afternoon that he’s in Blogspot.

The following days got worse than before. She created a video and uploaded it in YouTube, but he’s never been in that site. He’s an Imeem buddy. Then she made a Twitter, planning to follow him, but he doesn’t have a Twitter account. She uploaded her pictures in Flickr wishing that she might hook Popoy by her charming poses, but he’s using Photobucket for photo-sharing.

Finally, tears flowed; she’s about to give up. “Maybe Popoy is not for me. Maybe he’s for Basha afterall.” Poor Marie! She was about to tell Popoy these lines: “Ako na lang, Poy. Ako naman kasi. Ako na lang.” *cry cry*

Few weeks later, though she wanted to mend her almost broken heart, she went to her OrCom 152 class. And this day turned out to be the start of bringing back the color of her life that she thought was already doomed. Yay! And the conversation prism of Brian Solis below is the key.

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Marie realized that:

  • Not all people use Facebook.Some of them use Friendster, Multiply, Twitter, Plurk, or what have you.
  • Not all people have Yahoomail account. Some of them have Gmail account or MSN.
  • Not all people use WordPress. Some of them use Blogspot.
  • Not all people watch and listen to videos in Youtube. Some of them do that in Imeem.

(Like “her” Popoy.)

Basically, she learned that people are diverse in the world of Internet and in the world of new social media. They are diverse as how cultures across the world are. The question is in what way individuals, organizations or companies will tap these people conversing in different communities since people, customers or consumers are not hanging in the same place.

She found out that organizations must do a lot of listening. They must hang out with their consumers, and humanize their brand. They must do an engagement plan or strategy, and customize their messages based on who they are talking to. And, they must also know where their stakeholders are.

So, Marie’s heart, with medicine strips and some stitches, has started to enlighten.

As of the moment, she is hanging out with Popoy—knowing more about her beloved crush and engaging him in her strategy (I won’t tell. Guess what it is!). She is using her Organizational Communication “learnings” as her charm in carrying out her plans.

For her, it is a “One More Chance” moment, a chance of her “lovelifetime” that she won’t let pass.

Wanna bet what will happen?

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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:

Number 1:

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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            Once upon a time in a land far far away, there lived a mean princess and her insane mom who used to talk about silly things under the sun. One day while the princess was eating her mom approached her. (The following lines are written in Filipino for the “humor” thing purpose.) 

            Mom: Mag-business ka na lang kaya pag punta mo ng Europe.

            Princess: Ano namang business?

            Mom: Yung unique, yung kakaiba!

            Princess: Ano nga yung unique at kakaiba?! *slightly irritated*

            Mom: Magtinda ka kaya ng tricycle dun? Tutal wala namang ganun sa kanila, papatok yun!

            Princess: Eh? *looked mom’s eyes intently *

            Mom: Ayos naman yun ha! Biruin mo ikaw magpapauso nun doon. Pilipinong-pilipino, wala kang kakompetensya dun!

            Princess: Sige pa ma, konti na lang mapapaniwala mo na ko. Konti na lang talaga. Teka nga, umamin nga kayo, kelan pa kayo natutong magdrugs??!!!

             These lines occupied my mind last July 4, 2009 when Sir Barry discussed about thinking and acting globally. I suddenly realized that my mom wasn’t in drugs when she was talking about selling tricycle in Europe (my bad). She had a point after all. Anyway, instead of talking about how my mom and I talk when we’re together, let’s just talk about last class meeting’s activities.

 Sad to say I can’t remember everything that happened that day because of that silly conversation with my mom which kept bugging me the entire class session. And aside from that, my uber-disappointment for losing in the quiz-with-a-twist took my enthusiasm away (I don’t like to talk about this thing). Or maybe I’m just so lazy to type for I just had a manicure few minutes ago. (I’m super afraid that my fierce-red nails will be ruined.) But here’s the thing! I learned a lot of changes in the market place, especially on the products before (which actually brought me to think of that tricycle-thing). Let’s just make it easy and short for our sakes.

 Before, the making of products was in a linear mode. Everything would start from the Organization going to the supply chain (business partners) until it became a finished product and went to the customers or consumers. Control over how the product will be or will look like was with the company or the organization. But as the old cliché says, “The only permanent thing in this world is change.” No wonder that this linear mode of the products before transformed into something collaborative.

With the new model of production, the organization is not the only one who has a say with how the product should be. Now, different stakeholders also take their part and give their say on how the finish product will look like. This turns to be possible because of mass collaboration, which helps a lot of companies innovate and change for betterment.

For now, let me think about the tricycle business in Europe first, and just wait for the update. I’m still figuring out how this mass collaboration will help this tricycle thing be known across the globe.

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Have you imagined your self studying an evolution of something? looking back from where it started and to where it is now? Whoa! I always had this irritating feeling when i had to do so. For me, it was like digging the soil and studying every material, every particle, every molecule, every atom, or what have you, from the most bottom of it until you reach the top soil. Grrrr! Not really a nice thing for me.

But who ever thought that learning how comm evolve can be fun and easy? Believe it or not, we tackled communication evolution just through a three-letter model, BIS. B for Broadcast, I for Interactive, and Social Media. It’s a lot more easier than knowing how my brother evolved from a baby boy to an arrogant and paranoid king of the world!

Anyway, let’s just blab about about this BIS that rocked the world of OrCom 152 last Saturday, June 27, 2009, instead of that weirdo.

“We tell you.” This Broadcast model is more likely me in our house before, the time when my mom was in Dubai. It’s like, “Listen to me, and buy my stories. Don’t react, and please, don’t contradict. There’s no other world but my world. I didn’t need anyone’s argument. It’s like I will tell you my words, and that’s it! And people (my brothers) in our house just listened, and like what i want, they bought my stories. You get the point?

This model represents one-way communication and people’s passiveness.

“Tell us what you think of what we tell.” This is what Interactive model is all about. I will relate this to the first year stay of my mom in the house when she came back. “Listen to me, and buy my stories. And, oh, you have the chance to comment afterwards!” This time a commentator came. She would say her points, and I would pretend to listen. When her critics were good. She’s lucky, I would consider them. But if not, I would just smile and say “Got it mom. Thanks!”

You see? She came and stood up to say her comments but I never really accepted everything. I filtered them. And that’s what Interactive model is all about. (Please, don’t think that I’m mean or evil. Please. Please. I’m a changed person now, you know!)

“Tell each other.” I know you’re thinking now on how I am going to relate this Social Media model to my self. Well, sad to say (Just Kidding!) my mom got her power. And she’s absolutely loving it. She, now, has really say to whatever I will tell. And not only her, but my brothers as well. Everyone of us tell our own stories to each other, and everyone can react and comment. Now, there are various perspectives roaming around the house. And everyone of us make sense of the world by our collective experiences.

Hope, I make a good sense in relating these models to my experiences. If not, please tell me and correct me. I’m open to any comments and suggestions.

Well, well, well. I’m glad to know this BIS model. I am glad we don’t have to look back to the very first communication model, and study each changes that happened. The BIS creator is really great. Another bang!

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This is it, my first official and “academic” blog post! Inescapable! Unavoidable! Bound to happen!

I am not a fan of blogging ‘cause I’m kinda lazy typing a lot of words that bombarding my mind. I did blog before, but it’s just about my phone which left me out of the blue (I thought. But we’re going to have some kind of reunion this weekend). J Aside from that nothing more important, all are weird nonsense things.

This time is different. I’m gonna talk and tell about OrCom things, and everything (I hope) that’s going to happen in the name of the course. I wish I can give every detail in every story that I will post. To start with, I like to share the things that freaked me out regarding our newest subject OC 152, New Communication Trends.

Number one: the idea of meeting Lupita. I enlisted and registered on the said subject without checking the CRS regarding the professor/lecturer that will handle the class. It was few days after the registration period when someone told me that maybe the Saturday morning class will be taken care of “Mamita” (let’s just assume that she’s a she, and she’s an oldie) because the name of the prof is concealed in CRS. That’s the time I remembered the email of her saying that she will see me soon next semester on OC 152. Whoa! Wait! Wait! Wait! That was like a nightmare, indeed! Don’t get me wrong guys. It’s not that I don’t like Mamita. It’s just that I’m worrying bout her health, and it won’t be easy for her handling a subject on her condition. (Hey! Hey! Ok, I can read now what you’re thinking! Don’t think that way. Let’s just talk later about that silly thoughts of yours.)

Anyway, it’s a big relief to see Sir Barry in front of the class when I entered the room. Whew! *smile* “Breathe, babe! You’re kinda safe for now.” I couldn’t help talking to my self while walking.

Number two: blogging and podcasting. Hello world! I am not a techie person, and I dunno where my not-so-many knowledge about these stuffs will take me. “Operation Exploration! Brace your self, girlash!” I was most of the time absent on my computer classes during high school days because of extra-curricular activities and academic contests. What now?!

But like what Sir Barry said we are in the thick of social media. I think I can still manage to help my self with these stuffs than any other people. New social media is indeed new for many of us. I hope to explore and discover more about this thing, and hope that we’re all together on that exploration.

Lastly, number three: the room. GAB 105 is not the kind of room for Sir Barry’s class, for NEW social media discussion. I was used to go upstairs and see everyone in RH303. The room doesn’t justify the subject. Ha-ha-ha! “Sanayan lang yan!” (sorry for code switching).

But I am happy despite all these freaking things. I’m an OrCom student. I’m in UP Manila. And I am in my last year. “There’s no any other year.” (guess who said that).

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