Reality behind Reality TV shows

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We can’t deny the fact that the television is the most influential form of media today. Just imagine how life would be so boring without a television.  Of course TV has a great impact on people because it is a good source of knowledge, education, information and entertainment. But the real question is, do televisions give us the whole truth?

This is where reality televisions comes in. Reality televisions are television programs that present real people and real situation which is often monitored by the public. Producers, advertisers, sponsors, and anyone who has a role in making reality shows benefits so much from this.  Here in the Philippines, the most popular reality TV show is the Pinoy Big Brother. I was once an avid fan of this. During my high school years, I would stay up late every night just to watch PBB. I even jumped for joy when the person I idolize became the big winner.

It’s just so amazing how they became big after the show. Because you know, they all started as normal people. Then out of the thousands who auditioned, they were given the chance to  enter  the Big Brother house , live there everyday life ,get monitored by the public, and when the show ends, they’re already celebrities and have a bunch of supporters screaming their name. Astonishing right?

Notice the people who won such reality shows. They are the ones who stay true and disclose themselves more often. This reflects to the viewers that if they would disclose themselves with other people and show their true color, they can build strong relationships and gain support from people. Of course, most people want to become instant celebrities too.  But because not everyone is given the chance, their behavior towards blogging, video and photo sharing are affected. Blogging has become their means of sharing their personal lives to the people. Video and photo sharing become their way of showing people that they have the capability of becoming celebrities. Who knows? You might be the next Youtube Sensation like Justin Bieber and Charice Pempengco. 

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Yes, there is nothing wrong with disclosures. It’s just that Reality TV Shows show to the public that it’s okay to be open, and it’s okay to share everything to anyone because celebrities also have done it themselves. But the sad fact is, everything is just a façade. Reality TV shows are not as real as what we thought it would be. Most of it is scripted just to add color and spice to the show.  Celebrities have to keep their privacies too. And as a clueless fan, thinking that everything is for real, there you are revealing your true self to the public and trying so hard to become famous. The fact that people are risking their own privacy just to imitate celebrities disturbs me. Now that you know about this, would you still fantasize reality TV show? Would you still risk you own privacy for nothing? Think about it.

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Who’s to blame, the policy or the person?

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In the year 2004, Mark Zuckerburg launched a social networking site where users can chat with their friends, check private messages, upload photos and update their personal profiles. Through time, this social networking site became enormously accessible to all that every single person that I know is a member of it. I bet you already know what I’m talking about. And yes, it’s the ever popular FACEBOOK. Nowadays, having a Facebook account is a daily necessity or even a trend. In fact, many users can’t survive a day without updating it.

Facebook has become a great phenomenon. But in any great phenomenon comes with a downside. Facebook may have helped many people in different ways, but at some point, certain issues were raised. One of the biggest problems that Facebook has been dealing with since its launch was the privacy issue of its users. According to the study about Facebook and Online Privacy: Attitudes, Behaviors, and Unintended Consequences by Bernhard Debatin, Jennette P. Lovejoy, Ann-Kathrin Horn, M.A. and Brittany N. Hughes, specific privacy concerns of online social networking include inadvertent disclosure of personal information, damaged reputation due to rumors and gossip, unwanted contact and harassment or stalking, surveillance-like structures due to backtracking functions, use of personal data by third-parties, and hacking and identity theft.

 

Even though Facebook have all these wonderful privacy settings found in your account, it’s just sad to know that not all users are using their privacy for their own safety. Studies have shown that a large percentage of users were aware about the privacy settings but only a little percent makes use of it. Facebook has provided privacy settings in which you can choose whether the public can see your profile, your Facebook friends, or only you. There is another thing that I do find disturbing, and that is a lot of Facebook user post their every move on Facebook. It’s just like their whole world revolves on Facebook. And I personally find it too shallow. You see, not all people are interested in everything you do. Not unless you’re a celebrity or something.

But then again, Facebook is a social networking site. You can’t keep everything in private. Facebook is made for sharing thoughts, experiences, and ideas. But we should always put in mind to be responsible enough in sharing personal information with others. Because Facebook has already gave you options. And at the end of the day, we ourselves have the power to control our own privacy. 

Youth Advocates: Hear Out and be Heard

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The youth of today’s society are enormously overtaken by the wonders of modern technology. In fact, most teenagers today can’t survive a day without using one. Social networking sites and cellular phones are some of the technologies that are widely used nowadays. Moreover, it is the easiest and most convenient way in reaching the youth to participate in advocacies.

In my opinion, I think that as a youth, engaging in social groups to support advocacies is the most expedient way in which most youngsters can be able to voice out their own opinions and giving them the opportunity to get involved. Apparently, as these teenagers reach adulthood, they may have developed a rational way of thinking armed with advocacy skills and power.

According to the study of Rosemary Thackery Ph.D., MPH (Empowering youth: Use of Technology in Advocacy to Affect Social Change) the youth advocates use cell phones and Social networking sites for 1) recruiting people to join the cause, 2) organizing collective action, 3) raising awareness and shaping attitudes, 4) raising funds to support the cause, and 5) communicating with decision makers. This is why using these technologies are very convenient since it can reach a large number of people. Furthermore, the technology helps the youth to enhance their own beliefs and way of thinking.

I personally support several advocacies using these technologies. One good example of it is the DREAM PROJECT PH. I once attended a talk about this project and I immediately fell in love with its advocacy. This project aims to shape the dreams of the Filipino youth, teaches the culture of dreams, inspires the youth to dream big and enable dreams for the Philippines. But since it is Negros Occidental based and I can’t support the cause in person, I just simply share it to my friends in facebook and ask them to support the project. It’s just so nice how they have reached a large amount of people using the social networking sites. And through these technologies, they have acquired sponsors from the different parts of the Philippines.

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We are in a generation where you don’t have to stand and shout out loud to be heard. We are in the generation that is well equipped with technologies where we can voice out our own opinions and support advocacies in our own simple ways.  The technology made its way to reach us. Now it’s our time to reach for others as well. Don’t limit yourself. Explore, participate and be aware. Support advocacies. Hear out and be heard.

The Limitless Uses of Facebook

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The major problem of the government today is education. Out of the P37.1 billion of the government’s budget allotted for state universities and colleges, only P6 billion will go to operations and P3 billion goes to facilities and equipments. Notice how small this is and knowing that it will be divided to hundreds of universities and thousands of students. It’s obviously not enough to sustain the needs of every Filipino student today. Not even enough to give free education to everyone. And where do the schools and universities get their funds? A little part of it is from the subsidy and mostly, they rely on the private donations of their alumni. But unfortunately, it is very difficult for the universities to maintain strong   relationship with each of their alumna because  the direct mailing, phone calls and face to face interactions require much effort and money plus the fact that we are talking about a large number of people. And what tool do most universities use in order to reach their alumni more efficiently? –FACEBOOK.

There are 1.11 billion people active users of facebook everyday as of March 2013. Just imagine how facebook can be a very useful tool in reaching a large number of people. Facebook has become a low-cost tool in a very sufficient way of communicating. The study “Building Stronger Ties with Alumni through Facebook to increase Volunteerism and Charitable Giving” by Harmonie Farrow and Y. Connie Yuan shows how social networking sites especially facebook caused great impact in volunteering and giving charitable gifts. Factors such as overcoming physical distance, reaching large audiences, and increasing the frequency of communication are mainly the reasons why social networking sites became very useful tools for promoting stronger ties between individuals.

Since ‘signing up’ in facebook is free, everyone can have an easy access and can communicate with others efficiently. Joining in facebook groups can also be used as an interactive group in which the members can post and comment. Through facebook, you can also contact your old friends and keep in touch with them.

Apparently, facebook today is not just intended for posting random photos and statuses only. It’s already a tool for extending charity works and volunteerism. It has been also a great help for state universities and colleges. It’s just good to know that the universities are making their own move and don’t just only depend on the government’s subsidy. It’s also amazing how the alumni never forget to help their Alma mater. Just as what a popular Filipino saying says “hindi ka makakarating sa iyong paroroonan kung hindi ka marunong lumingon sa iyong pinanggalingan”.

sources:

http://news.yahoo.com/number-active-users-facebook-over-230449748.html                http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/376623/more-state-subsidy-sought-for-poor-students

A Sense of Community Through Blogs

I usually express my own thoughts on my personal journal. I’m not really that type of person who shares everything to people. That’s why the thought of making a blog and knowing that anyone can read, comment or even criticize my work is so intimidating. However, upon knowing how blogs can be very helpful, a part of me was also thrilled to share to you my personal thoughts.

BLOGS. What do usually come to your mind when you hear the word blogs? Basically, blogs are used to disseminate information like current events, showbiz reports, entertainment, latest gadgets, stories, and most importantly the hottest news through internet. We can say that the internet is now one of the major sources of information. In our generation today where most of the people are busy with their own lives and only have a little free time, catching the news on TV and radios or reading the newspapers seems like a big burden. In this case, reading blogs would be very useful. Through internet, in just a click away, you can have easy access to the specific news you’d like to read about. Plus, blogs also have commentaries in which you can read the viewpoints of different people in certain news.

In the hurricane Katrina disaster that hit the New Orleans last August 2005, the blogs made an impact in which it was used as news and information source during emergency and disasters. Given the fact that the telephones, TV and radio channels, and other communication devices were not available because of the hurricane, blogging was indeed a big help. Through blogging, the people were able to call for assistance, extend their helping hands with each other, look for missing people, and acquire updates about the hurricane. Blogging also doesn’t need much effort news casting it in televisions and radios or printing it and dispersing to different places in the world. And because of the worldwide information dissemination through blogs, the spirit of companionship, support, and unity was highlighted for the group of individuals who extended their help to the victims.

Most of you might ask why I tackled most about the hurricane Katrina. This is because according to the article that I have read (Blog Functions as Risk and Crisis Communication during Hurricane Katrina), the said hurricane was the first major crisis where blogs are widely used as a communication medium. Through the massive use of blogs during that time, it helped build a stronger sense of community between people even oceans apart. It’s just nice to think that the love and willingness to help other people are still present these days.

Most of the people today especially teenagers spend most of their time in the virtual community wherein they can make friends with different people, communicate through miles, and post random things. While reading my blog, I would like you to take time and reflect. Instead of wasting your whole day listening to music, sharing photos, and trying so hard to become twitter stars, why not read blogs that are worth reading? Blogs that will teach you lessons, give you big opportunities, or just simply touch other people’s lives.