6 Things I Learned from taking a Communication and Society class

I have to admit, at first I definitely wanted to drop this course. As a Development Communication student, I felt like I had enough of Communication. I mean, we’ve been talking about this ever since we started, and I believe we’ll be talking about this also until college would end (and more and more years after. LOL). I wanted a breather, I wanted to take more electives about different fields of interest this semester, you know like, Astronomy or Witchcraft but fate plays a tricky game (Also SAIS is to be blamed) and I ended  up enrolling in DEVC80 titled: Communication and Society.

It was funny though how much I transitioned from the I’m not having fun in this class to the I’m so excited for my DEVC80 class later. I started out wanting the one and a half hours of communications class to end immediately, but then slowly wanting it to go slower. The class was fun. It had a dynamic in which, we were all having fun and at the same time getting to know much about the lessons in a more critical depth.

And I say this out of love and honesty that one of the reasons why it was an amazing experience was because of our professor. (She was as my friends say, “Hell’a funny) Our Professor had many interesting activities for us to tackle, from organizing events to presentations to pop quizzes to role plays, my classmates never had a chance to sleep, as every meeting had something to keep us awake and occupied. It was an awesome experience, one that I don’t seem to remember why I wanted to drop out off. I definitely don’t want to repeat it but yes, I would if it didn’t mean failure and it was just for the sake of learning.

Here are the Top 6 Things I learned from taking my Communication and Society Class

  1. Be careful what you look at Online

Do not look at Facebook Political post’s Comments section, you will hate everyone there or yourself—for even attempting to read that section. I don’t think I really have to expound on this. The internet is a vast network. There are all sorts of different things, people, people with different thoughts and beliefs and more, these information has the ability to make you feel things, think and see ideas differently and may enrage you or make you laugh. Be careful because not everything is real and is the truth. There are  trolls and satire news that will deceive you intentionally and for the sake of just making people think worst of the world. Don’t believe everything you see online. Strive to investigate and look for proofs, it will protect you and your online image (LOL)

2. MEDIA is POWER

Whoever controls media, controls the society and what they believe. Media is powerful. No matter what form or shape it takes after, media will always have the power to encourage people, empower citizens to move and take action or gather people and make a storm. It’s best not to underestimate Media and what it can do. Elections are won by those who know how to take advantage of media and businessmen earn billions of profit with a quick consultation in advertising and media. We must learn of it’s value and it’s massive potential. Media can be your Best friend or your worst enemy.

3.Communication and Media takes different forms over periods of time

There are many forms pf media, may it be print, radio, television or online. Communication however will always have two sides, there will always be a sender of a message and a receiever. What is important is that there must be an understanding between the two and that they should be able to find meaning in the messages that are sent and received.

4.MEDIA is POWERFUL but it can be regulated and contained

5.MEDIA is POWER yet it is only a tool

6.Difficulty is relative, We decide what is difficult.

Last but not the least, Difficulty is relative. It depends on who is looking at it and what that person has experienced and discovered. Some people may find Communications and Society difficult and intimidating at first like me, but after a while you just find yourself enjoying it and wanting more. This is for me the most important lesson, Don;t ever give up until you have tried it and lastly, never see things more than what they seem, Look carefully and strive for the truth. It’s worth the time.

Burbles and Murmurs – What we think when our minds wander

(Disclaimer – This post is of wild thoughts and of senseless ramblings. Don’t waste your time reading this. But if you do, I would love you forever.)

Whenever I feel a little lonely, I look up to the skies and think about all these silly things that would obviously never happen for me. I would think about money bearing plants and if ever the trees surrounding me could reach the moon and take me there. I would think about aliens and how weird it is that they still haven’t made contact with us (if ever they really exist) or if they did and why no one is talking about it. I think about the woman walking in front of me who was rushing and who seemed to be feeling bad about something because of the frown she was wearing. What was she thinking about? Why was she rushing? Is she in trouble? Should I ask her? I don’t think I’ll ever know. Maybe, I didn’t really care or maybe I did.


I walk more and I see all these people big and small, male and female, who have their own separate lives, not caring about anyone who isn’t a priority. Not caring about the people who was passing them by, not caring about the different vehicles honking by the side, not caring about me. 

Me, who was with them at that same area, breathing the same air, smelling the same scent of the wind. Me, who was busy thinking about what other people were thinking about. Do you think that I was creepy? Just standing there staring at them? Looking at people and thinking about what they’re thinking about? 

I stop and sit on a nearby bench and I open my phone’s camera and take pictures of what I was seeing. I see people lining up for ice cream at a dirty Ice cream cart, I see people waiting for cabs. I see kids running around holding their toys and their parents pursuing them, making sure they don’t get into trouble. I wish there would always be someone taking care of us, someone to make sure we don’t get in trouble, that we don’t get hurt, but life doesn’t work that way. We grow up and part of growing up means being able to handle ourselves — Being able to survive on our own. I wonder who *the hell* ever made up a rule like that. Do we grow up so that we could take care of ourselves or do we take care of ourselves to grow up? Is it selfish to wish for someone to take care of us? To protect us? 

I laugh because it’s funny how people are always thinking about themselves and what they need. I laugh more because I remembered I was one of them — who doesn’t want the best for themselves right? Who doesn’t prioritize their own needs? I look back again at those kids playing around. They’re fighting now, I guess because of one of the kids didnt wanna share his toy. How sad. Fighting over a toy. When countries and leaders fight over power, riches and lands. I wonder, how significant am i? How irrelevant are my problems? How much do I matter for someone living in spain? I dont.  

And then I get a text from a friend about something that was interesting and everything that I was busy thinking about the past few minutes vanished like the sun on a sunset. Never to be known by others, never to matter.

What about you? What do you do when you feel a little blue? Are you just like me? I really hope so.

Let’s converse. Hit me with your comments/questions/rants down at the comments section. I’ll be waiting! 🙂

#NoPlaceForHate: Empowerment of Netiquette or Anti-freedom of speech?

 

(Please note that this post was created to fulfill an academic requirement in Development Communication 80 – Communication and Society.)

 

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The Onslaught of Trolling and Social Media Wars

If you have ever engaged on an online discussion regarding certain national or political issue, then for sure you have seen how dangerous it is to voice out your opinions or question and argue with someone who has already commented. No matter what you say, what side you are on or who you are, there will always be someone who’s ready to bash on your comment and even about who you are. The comments’ aim is not to support or argue with the idea presented but to attack and try to humiliate the one who questioned what they are saying. These “trolls” as what people are now calling them has finally found their match. The online social news network, “Rappler”, has begun an aggressive moderation and clean-up of all the nasty and disrespectful comments that are posted on their social media platforms and on their individual news stories. The campaign, started on August 26, 2016 gathered hundreds of reactions, a mix of rejoice and anger.

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The Abuse of Media Freedom and its Gullible Audience

 

(Please note that this post was created to fulfill an academic requirement in Development Communication 80 – Communication and Society.)

It was April 22, 2014 when thousands of Filipinos and their foreign relatives rejoiced after news about the removal of US Visa requirements for Filipinos spread like wildfire on social media platforms. It was shared by 10 thousand people on the social media app, “Facebook” and had exactly 711 “5 star ratings” and 540 comments on their main website, the Adobo chronicles. The post was good news for many people, as getting a US Visa as very difficult and traveling to the US was not possible without having a Visa approved. The post received many positive interactions, a mixture of happiness and inquiries, of when it will be official, flooded social media websites, none of which questioned the validity of the post and actually confirmed it.

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