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First Crude Taste of Business Management

I was 17 years old, a (relatively) young sophomore in a university who developed a fascination for cheap film cameras. Photos shot with toy cameras can give happy accidents–wild colors, vignettes, flares, or maybe a double exposure. Lomography, the label for taking “casual, snapshot photography.”

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Speeches of Organizational Communication Students

Before we can become brilliant public relations, corporate communication, human relations, advertising, marketing, or *insert field here* practitioners, we have to be good presenters first. Form and substance in presentations are both vital to corporate success. Every day involves some form of presentation—whether for conversing with friends, reporting in class, reciting, or bargaining with a department store sales person. Even in the first phase of getting a job, like in interviews, who’d want to accept a scruffy applicant who cannot explain properly why she should be part of the company?

So the point is this: in the Organizational Communication program, students like me are taught that immersing into the corporate culture of our company, aligning strategies with company goals, or implementing changes in the organization cannot go without basic skills like presenting well.

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Stopping is Not an Option

There’s so much I have to accomplish. If there’s none (or just little), then I should already be a self-made corporate mogul, spending my early retirement at Monaco. Or Japan, whichever is cooler.  But I’m not.

Right now, I’m still a University senior who can’t afford to drop out (like what Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates did) to seek bigger endeavors. Unlike Mark Zuckerberg, I do not have the aptitude and luck to be the “World’s Youngest Billionaire.” (Due to the recession, he lost the title, but is poised to enter the billionaire’s list again.) Realistically, unless I win millions in a game show this year, I won’t bring home truckloads of money anytime soon.

With this circumstance, I will have to graduate first, and then work my way toward my desired end: a fantastic future.

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(New Social) Media Kid

When I was in first year high school, our Media teacher (or was it Library class?) showed a thirty-minute video about children of media. A crude characterization of these kids would be: kids–like myself–who have their televisions, and radios on, with their ears glued to a telephone, all the while trying to accomplish some school work. These are kids whose attention spans have become shorter compared to those from the 1950s; these are the same kids who have it (purposely without reference) all, yet still want more.

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Alvina might be a Care Bear, or Sharing is Caring
Open Source, by xkcd.com

Open Source, by xkcd.com

The Internet is for sharing. Mostly, anyway. I’m glad the Internet is a treasure trove of goodies–if it wasn’t, then I’d probably be a little less rich in productivity (and happy-making) tools.

Getting nice and free stuff from the Internet is pretty easy, and just about every website you’ll stumble upon has an entry about their favorite softwares.

I’ll join the bandwagon by detailing the applications I use for Quaddie (yes, I know it’s such a generic name for a quad-core PC), my desktop. Some I paid for–mainly because alternative applications don’t exist, or aren’t good enough. A number, though, I got for free online–and I’m not even talking about pirating software.

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Immersing Organizations into the Net

The basic idea of Christopher Locke’s Internet Apocalypso is this: markets are conversations, a quality richly found on the Internet; should a corporation want to succeed, working nicely with the Internet is necessary. To act otherwise would be fatal for the corporation.


Ranting like the RageBoy, Christopher Locke

But before I calmly reflect on what Christopher Locke wrote, allow me a few paragraphs to rant.

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One for Print

Print is not dead.

Saying that print is dead is like telling me the government has collapsed, that we have no more need for leadership. While the Philippines’ government certainly isn’t flawless, it continues to function to (hopefully) provide laws, services, and order for the citizens’ welfare. Even now, countries with bad governments are in a state of disarray—and life can get worse without any form of governance.

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