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The immortality of OC 152

September 25, 2010
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On one desperate night, I caught myself complaining about how our professors make me sigh, “Pwede bang huminga?” or “Pwede bang matulog?” I admit, I was also complaining about this communication blog. By the way, I’m down to my last for me to reach 15 blog posts! At long, long last. ūüėÄ ūüėÄ ūüėÄ Congratulations to me, and now it’s 11:34p in my clock. I got less than half an hour to finish this.

Back to that night I was talking about a while ago, I was able to meet once again one of my friends who graduated in OrCom two years ago, I think. It was Ms Mary Sha Dola (I hope Sir Barry would hear a “ting!” in his mind). She now works in PNB as I might not have been mistaken. While I was doing all the babbling, there’s just one specific statement that she said that made me still and silent:

“Halos lahat ng ginagawa ko ngayon natutunan ko kay Barry.”

And it really made me silent for quite some seconds. Then I realized, what should I be surprised about? In fact, it’s supposed to be like that. All this time, while we were doing this communication blog and writing all these posts, we were tackling mainly about new social media and its use in organizations. I felt like I was slapped on my face by someone invisible as I came to the realization, “Why do I do such complaining when in fact, it’s my fault why I undergo such very, very difficult times in maintaining this blog?”

Students are like that. Sometimes we put the blame on our teachers when they give us hard and demanding requirements while their only purpose is for us to really be equipped with everything that we need that they could provide to us. They share their knowledge and experiences. They make us see in a smaller scale what happens in real organizations. They teach us how to respond to stress and how to cope with ¬†and raise above all distresses. In other words, they just want the best for us. IT’S NOT EGO TRIPPING AFTER ALL.

Now this is my time to make it up to Sir Barry by apologizing for all the shortcomings and all the complaining. I’m sorry, Sir. ūüôā

We, students, should learn how to think like how organizations think. They know how to value investments. In the same way, all of the requirements that our professors give us are also investments in disguise. Because of them we learn and are continuously learning. We should also have a vision of the future and how the present could affect that future. If organizations do not take into consideration the problems they are currently facing, of course, in a matter of time they would suffer the consequences of their negligence. The same thing with us. If we do not take seriously the requirements given to us by our professors (not just with Sir Barry), we would lose the opportunity of using what we have learned because we actually did not learn. We only complained.

Organizations, as composed of people, are also like us. This could also work the other way around. People are like organizations. Because of this, we have to check how we handle our lives. How could we manage leading an organization if we, ourselves, cannot manage well our everyday agenda? (Well, my mindset here is that we are not just going to be members, but future leaders¬†of our organizations–this is my dream for every OrCom graduate).¬† Now we need to have a change of mind. We need to have a change of attitude. As I have said earlier, second semester is coming so near. In other words, our thesis proper is now to come. And come to think of it, we still have other classes next semester and we haven’t done yet our OJT portfolio. What more toxicity and stresses would we face? If we won’t have that change of mind and attitude, I know what’s going to happen next. History will repeat itself. Complains will hinder us from seeing our professors’ dreams for us.

This sem is going to end; OC 152 will not. The subject may be stopped to be taught to us but the learnings it provided and will be continuously given to us through the remaining part of the sem will always stay with us up until we come to our future companies.

Another reason why it is immortal is that it would always stay in my mind. Whenever I do facebook or go online, memories of OC 152 will surely haunt me.

THIS COMMUNICATION BLOG WILL SURELY HAUNT ME.

ūüėÄ ūüėÄ ūüėÄ

It’s fun to read all the status messages I made during those cramming and sleepless nights. Enjoy! ūüėÄ

Overwhelmed >.<

Still overwhelmed! 0.o

Still overwhelmed but holding on.. ūüôā

So right, Sir! ūüėÄ Thanks for a very fun day in Bayanihan Center! Now not overwhelmed anymore but excited to finish everything. And now they're done! Yey! ūüėÄ ūüėÄ ūüėÄ


The Two Qs in networking

September 25, 2010
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We’re down to our last academic year in UPM. The first semester is soon to end and the second semester is quite coming near. After that, we’re off to the real world, to the real field where the battle begins.

However, before we get into war, first we need to be trained. We need to be equipped with weapons that we will be using to defeat our enemies and to reign victorious in the end.

Althroughout my stay in this campus, I met different kinds of professors and instructors who placed us in practice battles. With everything that they have required us to do (of course much of them very difficult to accomplish), they shared to us the knowledge and practical applications we will be needing after we graduate. However, these are not enough.

When we start seeking for job, it’s certain that we would take a very close look at the contacts that we have. Thus, establishing our networks even from the very start we learned to really socialize (either because there is a need to as it is required or¬†it just so happens) because of OrCom, greatly influences¬†the path that we are going to take several months from now.

Good thing the new social media that we are exposed to made it easier for us to build our networks. However, does it follow that because we have numerous contacts, it would ensure us better jobs? Or would it be more logical to assume that it is not with the number but it is with the quality of contacts we keep to ourselves?

Organizations, on a larger context, should always be able to take into consideration this kind of argument. Would it be better for them to exhaust their efforts and budget in order to gain so many customers (loyal or unloyal)? Or to limit their power to focus on a targeted group of customers who would be assuming loyalty and quality on a long term basis?

The internet made connecting with other people a lot easier. However, it is in the discretion of the organization to limit or manage their use of new social media in order to gain potential customers and partners. It depends on their purposes, goals and objectives whether they have to value quality or quantity over the other.

But here is a point: Does it necessarily follow that when organizations focus themselves on specific groups of people, these customers are really the best? What if because they limit their quest for customers, they were not able to find better ones which could have been attained when they continued their effort to reach out?  Because of this, companies should take extra effort to study about their target market. They have to be able to adjust to the demands of a fast-changing generation today. We can never know, tomorrow a company might just need to focus more on specific customers than to cater the needs of so many.

But as for us today, collecting contacts may be never-ending. Every now and then we meet new faces and get a bunch of acquaintances. That’s just so natural because we are social beings and we are OrCom majors. And it is also on our discretion when to use these contacts to help us with our needs.

Here’s a tip: If¬†you want your contacts to respond to¬†your requests, favor, or what have you, also be there for¬†them not just in times of need but for all the time. In other words, just be a friend to them– a true one.

ūüėÄ ūüėÄ ūüėÄ


I want to be PODUCATED!

September 24, 2010
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When I was about to make this blog post about podcast, I came across a website with the title PoducateMe (http://poducateme.com/). It caught my attention and I browsed through the site.

Let's poducate!

As I could remember from our class regarding this topic, podcasts are audio files that can be created by anyone and can be posted to the internet to be downloaded by others. These do not necessarily require iPods for us to be able to listen to them, even a personal computer can do.

What if one day one of our professors use podcast in class? I guess that would really be cool. UPM¬†would be getting a little closer to innovation–well, that’s really cool.¬†ūüėÄ ¬†

Now, I would be citing several circumstances when I think podcasts are advisable to be used.

1. When the teacher cannot come to class but the lesson seem to be so important that it should not be missed

2. When the teacher wants to do something extraordinary once in a while to be more creative in his or her teaching strategy. For example, he or she might record the story that is supposed to be read in class. Another is that the teacher could give the students an online assignment through a podcast.

3. When the lesson in class are the following: reading, speech, linguistics, debate and argumentation, foreign language (I remember my Spanish I and II classes. My teachers by then used only cassette tapes and a radio. However, there were times that we cannot really hear and understand what the people there were saying), and many more.

4. When the teacher will give a dictated examination

5. Students may also use podcasting for reports and other verbal school requirements.

And the list goes on…

Advantages of using podcasts in classroom settings (for students):

1. Students will be more enthusiastic with the lessons through this new strategy.

2. If the podcast is uploaded, students would be able to have a copy of recorded lectures, and thus, could help them in their review or note taking.

3. There would be lesser drop outs since they would be able to keep track of the lessons online.

4. During reportings, there would be no unnecessary communication flaws and the flow of discussion would be smooth and spontaneous.

Advantages of using podcasts in classroom settings (for teachers):

1. They would be able to create a different kind of excitement when teaching through this new method.

2. There would be a lesser threat for sore throats and incidences of having no voice due to everyday oral teaching for a number of hours.

3. They would be able to practice what they would teach to the students, and thus, master the lessons more.

4. They would still be able to conduct classes even when they are absent.

5. It is much costly than on writing lessons on Manila paper or acetate. It would also be a less hassle for them not to write on the whiteboard or blackboard.

And when there are advantages, of course there would also be disadvantages regarding podcasting used in schools.

Disadvantages for students:

1. Not all students have devices to use for listening to podcasts.

2. When the person speaking is not credible or his or her voice may not seem to be good, students may find it boring to listen.

3. They might just not come to school once they learn that lessons are available online through podcasts.

Disadvantages for teachers:

1. Not all teachers have devices to use for podcasting.

2. Not all teachers are so much into technology, some would just like to settle with the traditional.

3. They might encounter more hassles in the recording, editing and uploading of the podcasts on the internet due to techinical difficulties.  

Again, and the list goes on…

Though there may be disadvantages to using podcasting in schools, why don’t we give it a try. In fact, there are schools such as the University of Washington which are already using the podcasting program. UP Manila is a very free university. Whatever kind of teaching strategy a teacher would want to use, he or she could readily do and execute it. If one day UP Manila would go podcasting, I would be proud about this small step to upgrade the university’s way of teaching.

ūüėÄ ūüėÄ ūüėÄ


Campus organizations go online

September 24, 2010
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Universities are our training grounds. They are the birthing place of future leaders, business people, managers, professionals and the like. They are the nesting place of students who would later on excel in the field of work they would be having in the near future.

Student organizations are perfect honing place to prepare us for practical work in our future companies. They expose us to real work with other people in order to attain certain organizational, as well as personal goals. And even at this point in time, the use of social media comes to the picture to save student organizations at the end of the day. If corporations at large need new social media in their everyday functioning, looking at a micro level perspective, our school organizations could also benefit from the use of these means.

How?

Establishing community

Student organizations can keep a website for themselves if possible. If not, they could resort to using social networking sites or blog sites which could help them further establish their existence as organizations in the campus. They could maintain a Facebook page, a blog or a Twitter account.

UPM CAS Student Council 2010-2011 Facebook Page

Advantages:

1. It could be an avenue to attract more students to apply for membership even through online means.

2. It sets the feel of belongingness and connection to current and past members of the organization.

3. It keeps members familiar with the names and faces of the set of officers and other members of the organization.

4. It serves as a database of the members wherein the alumni’s contact details would still be kept.

Information dissemination

UPM Student Council Facebook Page

Social media is one fast way to disseminate information to members regarding announcements, meetings, general assemblies, activities, gimmicks and others. Through this, everyone will have be kept updated with the latest happenings in the organization and all will be kept posted with what efforts they need to exert for a certain event or what have you. Moreover, those who are inactive for the mean time might also feel that they are still part of the organization and that they are always welcome to help and participate.

Promotion and Publicity

Student organizations are absolutely fond of handling events for different purposes. It is through social media that they would be able to more efficiently promote their events, as we know for a fact that a large number of students in universities always go online. Some students are so much busy with their academics that they do not even have the time to roam around the campus, thus, are not able to see posters and announcements in the bulletin boards (if there might be). However, once posted online, there would be a large chance of the announcements’ being read and then passed to other members as well. In SNS, for example, they could place the poster of the event and include all the details about it. This strategy would be much of a lesser hassle for both the leadership and membership of the organization.

Documentation

UPM Indayog Dance Varsity's Events

Past activities of the organizations can be recorded through their website, Facebook account or any organizational blog. They could upload pictures and make an album about the event. Seeing yourself on a picture on one organizational event could leave a satisfied feeling of your being a part of it. One could also make a write up about what has happened in the event and post in any page it might be placed. Through this, they would have something to report to the administration about the activities of the organization come accreditation time.

 Fund-raising

Social media can also be a means of fund raising for school organizations. First, they could sell some stuffs through sites such as Facebook and Twitter. They may tag people in their networks, even those who are not members of the organization and inform them of what they are trying to sell. And as they tag members, each one would also be accountable to take part in the business to earn money for whatever purpose they are pursuing. Second, they could also use it a means to contact people who can be eyed for sponsorship and right there and then provide the packages that the organization aims to offer to the sponsors. And third, with the list of alumni kept in the contacts, they could ask from them solicitation or any other help to raise funds.

Student leaders must be¬† able to think about these things if they want to further improve their organizational system. They have to adapt to what is common to students today–the use of social media. Strategic leadership may lead to increased number of members, faster information dissemination and promotions, larger funding, thus, strengthening and solidifying the organization.

I know you have your organizations right now. You might have one, two, three or even more. But the thing there is that are they already strategic enough to go online? If they are already into it, what do you think are the aspects to improve on? If not yet, what would you suggest for your organization/s to do?

Thanks for answering. ūüėÄ ūüėÄ ūüėÄ


How much is too much?

September 24, 2010
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Who on earth does not love the internet?  

NOT ME.  

It is safe to assume that there might be some who do not want the internet due to technological failures, however, most of the people today, most especially the youth, are greatly into the internet. We were born with the growing trends of the internet quickly developing every now and then. We cannot deny the fact how it is able to give us fresh new bits of “something to talk over or about” almost every day. It dictates our way of living. It directly influences how we live our lives.¬†¬†

Internet addiction disorder or IAD is much being talked about and researched by scientists and psychologists nowadays. There are certain assumptions that state that IAD is another kind of mental disorder. However, concrete results are yet to be found to further support this assumptions.  

Whether or not this may be true, one thing is for sure, too much of something may be detrimental in one way or another to the persons involved with it.  

Just last May 28, CNN reported about this case: Jail for couple whose baby died while they raised online child.  

According to Kim Dong-young, a lawyer with the Korean Legal Aid Corp, “This is the first legal case regarding internet addiction in Korea.”¬†¬†

Because of so much obsession to the 3-D fantasy game Prius Online in which they nurture an online girl who gains magical power as she grows, the parents of the three-month-old Kim Sa-rang, went to the extent of starving to death their child. He was neglected until he died as his parents indulged themselves in too much playing the game.   

Oh, here's the mastermind.

 Today, internet gaming is already gaining so much popularity in South Korea, which some 21, 500 internet cafes meet everyday.  

Now this brings us to the issue regarding internet and gaming addiction and their effect to people today, most especially to the youth. If parents could be so much hooked on internet games, what more would be for teenagers whose minds are easily captivated by online and virtual things?  

To test your level of addiction to the internet, you might want to answer this Internet Addiction Test.    

Now, I would like to present what Ria Tirazona, a practicing psychologist, gave as four D’s regarding the more tangible signs of unhealthy computer use and also provide my personal suggestions on¬†how¬†to prevent them:¬†¬†¬†

Dysfunction: People are losing track of their time and are being able to neglect their responsibilites. They tend to compromise their work, family, school and relationships because of too much time being spent on the internet.

 Possible solutions: People should have keep a fixed agenda everyday which they should strictly follow. They have to know their priorities and learn to value what are more important and urgent to do. They should be sensitive with the time that they spend using the internet. They should impose discipline on themselves by, for example, playing games only when they are finished with the things that they have to do or when they have vacant hours. 

Distress: People have became emotionally attached to the internet. Their addiction partnered with their inaccessibility at a certain time to the internet might cause great deals of anxiety and stress to them.  

 Possible solutions: They have to invest their emotions on other things. They should expose themselves more to their work, studies, family and relationships rather than the internet. For example, they might find time to play badminton with their family and go malling with them during free times.   

Danger: Spending so much time using the internet could pose disadvantages to people’s health. They might not have enough sleep and appropriate intake of food as they skip sleep and meals, respectively. Moreover, long hours of sitting and facing the computer could also bring harm to ones health due to lack of exercise and too much eye exposure to the computer’s screen.¬†

 Possible solutions: If there has nothing to be done so important over the internet, such as assignments or work, make it a point to have enough sleep and rest. People should also balance their lifestyles by engaging themselves in physical activities such as exercises, jogging, stretching and the like. They should also have short breaks while using the internet for long hours so that they may be able to let their eyes rest every now and then. 

Deviance: Sometimes people who are addicted to the internet portray characters and behaviors that are not accepted by the society. This might lead them to hide into secrets the things that they do online. 

 Possible solution: They have to have a standard in choosing the kind of websites or portals they will visit. Yes, there might be freedom on their behalf, but they have to be very careful with how they they use their free will over the internet. 

Everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial. We have to be very practical and smart in dealing with our use of the internet. It should work for our advantage and not the other way around. We should be able to give ourselves limitations and self-imposed standards. It’s better for us to regulate our use of the internet than the internet to regulate how we behave and live.


Thesis it! (This is it!)

September 18, 2010
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We’re down to our last year, Seniors! (hopefully :D) In a matter of months, we’ll be wearing our sablays as we march our way to Gab Roofdeck and PICC. Could you imagine that? Yesterday we were just first year students who have been bombarded with Math 1 and Math 11 but now we are about to use what we have learned in Statistics for our thesis. Yes, for our thesis.

Now it’s a matter of life or death for us.

Data gathering is one of the aspects of research that makes our thesis-ing (as some of my graduate friends have called it) much of a hassle. We are so much familiar with survey questionnaires, interviews, observations, and focus group discussions as some of the commonly used research instruments. Back in high school, we were required to conduct a descriptive research about the effects of television viewing to the academic performance of first year students of Roosevelt College Cainta. That was the first time I learned how to make questionnaires. The harder part was to give them out to respondents, wait for them to finish answering, and then to collate and tally all data for interpretation and analysis. Whew. There was just a sudden flash back.

Back then I was not aware of how the internet could be of good help to our data gathering. Back then I never had an idea about SPSS and was not really into using MS Excel. In other words, we did it the very manual way! ūüė¶

From ignorance comes knowledge. And because of this, I would no longer do the same mistakes I did before. It’s time to be more practical and to do things the easier way.

Email Surveys

People in corporations rely so much on their use of their emails and in case our respondents cannot be easily accessed through personal, face-to-face encounters, we could make use of our emails to send to them our survey questionnaires. However, we need formality attached to them. We must first make our target respondents fully aware of our intentions for them not to regard our emails as spams. We could, for example, attach a cover letter expressing our purpose for having them receive our email.

Online Interviews and Focus Group Discussions

When I was in BD Philippines, I was asked by my supervisor to schedule an online interview through a somewhat video conference between her boss and one of the applicants who passed the preliminary interview. In the same way, this can be done in our data gathering. However, this could not be applied in all researches, most especially to those that need to detect nonverbal cues.

On a bigger group, video conferencing could also be employed. My supervisor and other employees of BD Philippines usually talk with their bosses in Singapore through this avenue. This is their typical means of meeting with one another. In researches, this can also be done given that there would be a moderator to the focus group discussion.

The internet has given us alternative ways to get our researches done. However, we are fully aware that these strategies have limitations and problems on their own. There are disadvantages like slow internet speed, urgent things coming up to either the researcher or the respondent that’s why they could not meet online, and the like.

The point here is that internet should be used for our advantage. It’s not ego tripping, just wanting to do it the online way. It is in the discretion of the researcher to know what is best for his or her thesis.

God bless our theses batch mates! We will graduate all together! ūüėÄ ūüėÄ ūüėÄ

WE SHOULD! ūüôā


It’s a world of online curation

August 12, 2010
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You don’t need to be a graduate of BA Philippine Arts in UP Manila to become a curator.

Without you being aware of it, you are actually one even by now. However, you cannot be seen in museums, touring people while telling them stuffs about paintings, sculptures and other works of art. You can be seen online.

Online curation is one of the current trends today. You may not be familiar with the term, but you do it almost every time you go online. As Sir Barry pointed out, it is “a critical assessment of things”–things on the web. Online creation goes in the form of rating blog posts, pictures, and/or videos, liking a stat message in facebook, retweeting posts, commenting on uploaded pictures, making a review about a movie (whether you loved it or you didn’t) and the like. In other words, online curation is a feedback mechanism one does during his or her usage of the internet.

The nature of online curation or any means of feedback using NSM gives us an avenue to just be us, to just be human again. Giving feedback is our very nature. We react so quickly–to gossips, new hits (movie, songs), news and the like. We flatter so many times. When pleased, we become so overjoyed we tend to spread around why and what we are so happy about. With just one stat message on YM or FB, instant broadcast! ūüėÄ On the other hand, we also complain a lot. We murmur and tend to always be unsatisfied with the things around us. We want more. We want better. We want perfect. We do all of these because we are emotional beings.

They say women are much more emotional than men. While that may be true, we cannot attest to the fact that NSM gives us equal opportunity to be emotional–to express all that we have inside. Online curation is a release of our emotions, may be them positive or not. And with the rush of emotions that we have, we can either make or break something that we are curating about.

Words are very powerful. Just one post regarding the poor services of McDo can already cause strings of comments worsening the issue. People have the tendency to make things worse through “panggagatong.” But they do this all because they feel the same resentment with the one who made the blog has. This is why companies should be wise enough to counter all the negative things blurted out about them in the internet. If NSM is the one used to destroy a brand image, it can also be used as the means to restore what has been destroyed. However, it is another thing to counter negative feedback without personally opposing those people who made the dirts. Companies must always have a double or multiple win mindset. They should not only settle on cleaning their names, but they must also be able to win those people who gave destructive feedback about them and have them on their side. That would be like a sure grand slam for them! ūüėÄ

Words should build up and not destroy. I just want to point out something as I end this blog. We have all the freedom to express ourselves–what we like and do not like, what we want and do not want. However, we have to be responsible netizens in such a way that we have to be very careful in posting or commenting. We can ask for innovations to companies in gentle ways. There’s always a second chance for all. Nobody’s perfect. No company’s perfect. As OrCom practitioners, I think we are the ones who could communicate negative things in a manner that would not destroy but help improve everyone–whether they may be people or organizations.

Let our words be used to bless. Let our online curation be used to bless as well. And blessing others to its simplest meaning pertains to “making others happy.”

Is that hard?

ūüôā


Can you do my hair?

August 3, 2010
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With paper bag strips and a few tips from Michelle Phan–here we go, instant curled hair!

¬†When I first watched this video clip, I really had fun. I was wondering how these paper bag strips could actually curl one’s hair (with me knowing nothing about curling, rebonding and the like).

New social media is a means to an end. It’s a portal of everything–but as for this post, I will only include three aspects: creativity, trust and knowledge.

Creativity

NSM knocks¬†us off of our feet with all that it offers to its avid fans and supporters (the consumers). With the trend of YouTube or just the simple application of uploading photos and videos on the internet makes one introvert expose himself or herself to the public. The internet gives us things to do and makes us think of things to do. What Michelle Phan did was a creative one, knowing that she has several online video clips regarding beauty tips that are cost-free and can be done alone at the comforts of one’s house. Good thing, she is beautiful (meaning aesthetically appealing). If not, I do not think people will take time to watch her post no matter how helpful her tips are. Creativity involves not just the idea, but also the process on how something is being done. And it is through NSM that these aspects are being maximized.

Trust

We have to admit it, sometimes what we see in the internet wins so much of our trust. We rely so much on what we see, read and/or hear in the internet. We believe on the job postings on online classified ads, on forums about certain products, persons or personalities, and many more. I remember a friend telling me of video clips on the internet regarding hair cutting which are being watched by people of USA. They use to cut their own hair because they do not trust hair cutters. Have you ever had a hair cut that you disliked? Or for the use of a more Filipino statement, have you ever had your hair murdered? Well, Americans would not afford to have their hair be treated like that. At least if their hair get destroyed, it was not done by any other else. That would be less hurting and irritating on their part because it was their own fault.

Knowledge

Knowledge¬†may be¬†equivalent to: because you “know”, you have an¬†“edge”. NSM is a river of knowledge that flows constantly and is never ending. Technically, people who have more access to the internet and¬†are more updated on online stuffs tend to¬†have an edge¬†over those people who are their opposites or who have lesser access than with what they have. They seem to¬†carry this kind of impression of being more knowledgeable upon knowing the latest trends of music (latest bands¬†and/or artists¬†and songs that are in today),¬†movies, websites, games. applications and the like. True enough, knowledge is power. And with¬†the access¬†to NSM,¬†people tend to¬†feel more intelligent, more up-to-date, more trendy, more in, more powerful.

NSM is¬† very intelligent. Because of the power that it projects when one has¬†much access to it, people start getting themselves with it, while those who are already submerged in its influence tend to¬†thirst for¬†more of it–for power.

There’s no escape now, it’s contagious, very contagious.


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