Dear New Social Media,

In Uncategorized on September 25, 2010 at 1:42 pm

It is amazing how you gave me and millions of others the voice to be heard. You made communication between me and the manufacturer of the facial wash I use everyday, the network I subscribed to, and the mall I stroll around spontaneous and interactive. Directly or indirectly, I can now take part in improving brands, products, and services to serve the best interest of consumers. You made it possible that I need not try them to test for quality myself I simply need to search sites for opinions, forums, and testimonials.

As a student, you have been extremely of help. Since I make no money yet, you provided cheap and convenient ways so I can supplement my research, home works, or reports. You also allow me to connect in real time with friends, classmates, and even family that reunions became quite popular these days. Another of your wonders is the fact that you can make anything viral. From videos, photos, ads, literatures, etc., you turned ordinary people into producers, contributors and tastemakers.

I also appreciate that I can express myself the way I want to around you. I can manage people’s perception and impression of me. I have the power to design my own page and select only the ones I like without having you offended. You even question my apparent dislikes and feed me suggestions of what you think will interest me. I don’t compensate you for your work yet you never ask for anything in return. You even continue to evolve, for my sake.

When I feel down and lonely, you’re there to comfort me. When I’m filled with glee, you’re there to share it with me. New Social Media, please stay. I hope we would grow old together.


Back when…

In Uncategorized on September 25, 2010 at 1:36 pm

Not so long ago, technology has yet to sweep the country. We do things manually most of the time, we communicate less quickly, and we access information the traditional way-books, newspapers, flyers. Technology though, has successfully changed the face of the earth today that we seem to have officially outgrown the classic. And so please allow me to refresh your memory once more of the good old days..

Remember when pay phones were such a hit? Before iPhones, touch screens, and instant messages, the telephone had been our saving grace. A seven digit phone number is all you need to connect. When the need arises, all you have to do is look for a phone booth or local store and five pesos is all it takes – chat all you want for three long minutes. Another classic feat which surely stands in our homes until this day is the twelve/fifteen/thirty-volume encyclopedia. It is the ultimate display of our parents’ love and concern for our future, if only they saw google search and Wikipedia coming.

Who can forget the ever-reliable snail mail? Simply, simply, simply wait one to two weeks and you’ll know how your loved ones are doing. More so, mails are delivered by your friendly mailman at the comfort of your own home. You can even enclose pictures and choose your own stamp. At some point in the past as well, we must have heard or even saw beepers. It was quite a revolution as it was one of a kind: wireless. It is an operator-mediated messaging scheme where you receive zero offensive messages as the operator edits it out. Who says technology can’t be at all evil?

Backtracking will not be complete unless there’s the famous family computer. Long before personal computers became portable as in laptops and Playstation into PSPs, family computers were already just as small, handy, and easy to use. Also, one way or another we must pay tribute to cassette tapes. It has been our iPod and our little MTV for quite some time. Those were the days of the booming music industry thanks to piracy, file sharing, downloading, and the list just goes on.

We may not recognize it but sometimes the old feels like new. Technology can seem as overwhelming as it continues to evolve without notice. Before we know it, flights from Japan to the United States could span only four hours or doctor-patient relationship could become all the way digital. Reminiscing the era when things were not as complex, extensive, and immediate feels refreshing once in a while. Living in the now is a necessity. But reliving the past is just as fancy.

The Facebook user that you are (too)

In Uncategorized on September 25, 2010 at 1:14 pm

The Juicy Pulp

You know the latest – what’s in and what’s hot. No matter how remotely impossible and surprising that the news is out there, you have access to it like you’re from CIA or the Smithsonian. You must have been a TV reporter or a devout journalist during your past life. This just in, you sometimes kill the thrill for someone.

The dawn of the dead

Similar to a zombie, you only spring back to life during full moon. Your friends may not even know you’re on Facebook or that you use the computer for that matter. You lack the commitment to log in and approving friend requests take you a lifetime. As evidenced by your inexistence, you should not have been in the list in the first place.

The Hallmark Greeting Card

On a lighter note, you are just sweet.  You have a calendar of birthdays and every special occasion. You feel required to greet every celebrant which is very nice of you. People rely on you as well in uploading photos of events and gatherings. You have the heart for memories and sweet nothings, no get to together will be complete without you.

The CHILL sauce

Despite the challenges, demands, and hardships man confronts in life you are without a doubt blessed by the gods for having so much time to chill. And this you have to make known to many. In fact, coffee shops and fancy restos leverage on people like you so as to increase economic growth and gain a competitive advantage.

The archbiSHOP

As in the previous, you are an addition to the list of the wonderfully blessed few.. Many suffer from sickness with no means to proper medication, some die of poverty and hunger, while others endure the pains of cheap labor and yet you score the biggest dilemma of all, which stilettos or cellphone to buy. You are not to be blamed though. Shopping is a painstakingly, difficult job you have to do it even on Facebook.

The Deep-seated Dirt

You are in constant battle with no other than, yourself. Your thoughts run deep, so deep that it is located at the core of the earth. On Facebook, you seem problematic and often confused although you stimulate people’s minds with your playful thoughts and words; Aristotle, Socrates, and Plato would have been your clique if they were still alive. Learn to take it easy though, too much thinking leads someplace.

The “Quote Unquote”

Your stat would have been impressive if only it was an original creation of yours. Very nice of you though to include the author/writer which as we know it is the rightful and legal thing to do. One-two sentences are fine but the entire lyrics of a song aren’t! It should occur to you that people also know how to read.

The REACTive Ingredient

You do react. A lot. Your presence on Facebook and in your friends’ cyberlife is just undeniable. You comment on anything especially if it concerns you and you share files you find interesting enough. You are one of those who make Facebook not just a fun interactive place to communicate, but a reactive one at that.

The OrCom Student

You must have hated WordPress at some point. Thesis is your favorite noun, wasted is your favorite adjective and stressing is ultimately your favorite verb. You’re always on Facebook, as the venue for Haggard Anonymous is situated there. Despite all these, you’ve learned how to manage though. And damn well you do.