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Do YOU have agency, or control, over your actions? If I told you I knew for a fact you didn’t, would you believe me?

If you believe, continue to read.

Can you believe that you have control? Do you believe that you can develop agency over any situation with training?

If so, continue to read.

You do have agency over your body, your mind, and your emotion.

That fact that you continue to read the words in this blog means you can make a conscience decision to empower yourself. It’s empowering isn’t it.

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Look around are you safe? Safe, comfortable, calm, attentive, receptive, open, ready.

If so, continue to read:

In the coming days and weeks, your thoughts will often turn to the consideration of important decisions you have to make, and important problems for which you have as yet found no solution. Even when you are not consciously thinking about these topics, your mind will continue to deal with them so that, when your attention returns to them once more, you are going to be surprised and delighted at how many potentially useful ideas you are able to come up with; and some of these ideas are even likely to catch you by surprise at times, emerging into your awareness while you are thinking of something else.

They might even enter your dreams at night, or you might wake up with some of these new ideas in mind; but regardless of how they make their appearance, they are going to be very helpful and beneficial to you. Of course, You will always try to make sure that you have sufficient information on which to base any final decisions, and you will always want to check out these new ideas to make sure that they are practical, just as you would check out information from any other source.

You will also continue to be aware that sometimes the best decision is a decision to wait or to secure additional information before acting. But nevertheless, you are going to be surprised and pleased at how much more clearly and creatively you are going to be able to think, and at how much more confidently and effectively you will be able to deal with the issues and problems which lie before you.

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This Suggestion was provided by Don E. Gibbons, Ph.D. Suggestions to Facilitate Problem Solving. Handbook of Hypnotic Suggestions and Metaphors (p. 130). W. W. Norton & Company. Kindle Edition.

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Social Media for Communicators Blog for Week One

What I learned after Week one in Social Media for Communicators is that blog stands for . . . uhh. OMG I forgot! (a quick Google search later). It stands for “Web Log“. Cool huh?! Well, I think it’s cool. I love Google. Anyway …

  • How you first used social media, and how you use it now.

When I first used social media it was in the form of instant messaging. It was called AOL Instant Messenger and my friends and I would text each other at home after school on it. This was around the time DSL internet became the new Dial Up; the way of accessing the internet. When dial up was popular we would just call people to say hi. We didn’t text. Three way phone calls was the cool new technology. What’s a three way phone call you ask? It’s when you call a friend, put that friend on hold and listen for a ringtone, call another friend, and return to the call on hold to have all friends connected at one time. That was our social media!

Right. Soo, we had instant messenger and would text each other once in a while, and try to find new ways to text strangers. When ICQ came out I learned we could talk to random people. IM and ICQ where messaging platforms that were used to talk to friends, colleagues, and strangers. If I remember correctly they had a roulette feature where you could click a button and have a random person show up in the text. I tried it once in a while, but even back then I knew to be aware of fake profiles and fake people. I was a teenager after all.

  • Any positive and/or negative aspects of social media use that you have noticed arise in your personal or professional life.

There is one negative experience I remember from using social media that arose in my personal life and it relates to my posts on Yahoo Answers. Back in 2010 Yahoo Answers was super cool to me, because I could talk to people through questions or answers and find categories that matched my interests. I had just got out of the military and had a falling out when it came to sustaining relationships; basically, I had literally no friends, and so Yahoo Answers was my way of communicating with people.

I don’t remember what the post was entirely about, but I think it was related to flatulence. Any guy knows fart jokes are a classic conversation piece. Well, I posted about the amount of times I would use the restroom in a day; about 2 or 3. Oh, I forgot to mention that every answer that was posted could have a thumbs up or a thumbs down. The post with the most thumbs up would be highlighted next to the question as the best answer.

My post had the most thumbs down, and to this day I don’t know why it was so hated. Maybe I had a sarcastic/cynical undertone that was making people thumbs down my post? Looking back in hindsight 2 or 3 times a day to use the pooper is a lot. Ultimately, I don’t know what created the community to hate on my answer so much. Yahoo Answers still exists today as well as ICQ messenger. Here are the links if you wish to check them out:

ICQ Chat https://icq.com/icqchat/

Yahoo Answers https://answers.yahoo.com/

  • Anything that surprised/excited/alarmed you from the data included in the Pew Research and Internet Trends reports.

What surprised me about the data included in the Internet Trends report: https://www.bondcap.com/pdf/Internet_Trends_2019.pdf

Is that America has the freest, as in least restricted, internet access in the world. It makes sense now, but it was a surprise. It makes sense now, because I know America is all about transparency, truth, and freedom! Like I always say, “America is the land of the free, home of the Whopper.” πŸ™‚

  • What aspects of social media you are interested in exploring further after consuming the Week One content.

I’m not sure what aspects of social media im interested in exploring further. I kind of want to get my certification in Google Analytics. I think it’s free to learn and get certified, but don’t quote me. I know Google Analytics is super expensive to use, but to become certified may be free. Someone fact check that and post it in the comments. What else . . . Oh yea! I want to learn more about gaming and how that platform is playing a pivotal role in social medias expansion.

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What I Learned about Digital Communications at Syracuse.

What I Learned about Digital Communications at Syracuse.

First, never trust emails regardless where they come from! I opened an email from my Syracuse University email address that I never use, and therefore assumed was a legit email, and after reading the email I learned it was a proposition for an at home job. Yada, yada, yada and a few weeks later I lost $250.00. It was an email scam! I fell for it, but after filing my police report I learned people fall for the same scam often, and have lost much worse.

I have yet to get my money back, and likely never will. Oh, and I now hate Citibank. As a communications major the inability to have good communication with a customer representative (Citibank that’s you!) makes it even more difficult to handle problems when they arise… And that’s what I learned at Syracuse.

(Microphone drop. Looks around, smiles awkwardly and picks up imaginary microphone).

Testing, testing, can you read me? Good. I learned that with internet comes great responsibility, and great risk. Always be aware no matter where you are getting your information. Even if you find the president talking on your favorite news channel about how the world is ending, check other sources, because it could be a deep fake. See Deep Fake Kind of Like Lean Cake; It Ain’t.

Information we can find online is endless, and that goes for everyone and everything in between. Data analytics is the gathering of information that is found online and when organized correctly can predict behaviors, and in some cases even prevent illness. See What is Psychometrics?

I recommend all my readers begin learning about these technologies, because they are tools that can protect you, and help you survive in the warfare that is the internet. Think of data analytics, deep fakes, internet scams, technology, etc. as nuclear weapons, and the only way to prevent others from using said nukes against you, you have to have even stronger nukes on the ready, for the counter-attack.

If any of you have a good source on how to learn data analytics, like data analytics for dummies book; do they have those? Then, comment below with the sources so I, and anyone else, can read/watch/listen to the information and learn. Knowledge is power, power is control, control is security, security is peace of mind, and peace of mind is happiness. Don’t you want to be happy? πŸ˜ƒ

 

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What is Psychometrics?

What is Psychometrics?

Psychometrics combines two fields of study:

(1) Psychology, and

(2) Data analytics.

It uses the OCEAN or the Big 5 Personality test. If you ever taken a survey on Facebook that promised you an insight on what kind of person you are, or a personality questionnaire, then you are familiar with the Big 5 Personality test, or OCEAN:

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Openness (curiosity to the world around us).

Conscientiousness (goal-directed,  good impulse control).

Extraversion (high amount of emotional expressiveness).

Agreeableness (kind, affectionate, helpful).

Neuroticism (sadness, anger, instability).

Don’t you love acronyms? DYLA.

Analytics or big data, on the other hand, is the collection of, but not limited to, all one’s likes on Facebook, all one’s links and browsing history, and all one’s Google searches combined. Companies then analyze this data, compare it to the five personality traits, and decipher what type of person you are. Are you more likely to buy an American car? Then, you likely voted for President Trump. Do you follow Lady Gaga on Twitter? Then, you’re probably an extrovert. Making sense? You too can find out what your social media profiles say about you as a character by clicking on this link:

University of Cambridge Apply Magic Sauce Demo

It will require you to download your Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn data and upload them into their site. Cambridge will then use their application program interface (API) to create a footprint, or dataset, of your OCEAN personality. If you already know your type, feel free to share how you came upon that information so others can follow if they choose to do so.

Im an INTP Jungian personality type and 74% feminine on twitter, but more masculine on LinkedIn. I guess that’s a good thingπŸ€·πŸ½β€β™‚οΈπŸ€·πŸ½β€β™€οΈ?

Last thing I want to talk about is how big data can save lives in the future. Yesterday, I had visited my local VA hospital and had my blood drawn for a survey they are conducting called the Million Veteran Program. Details of what it enfolds hasn’t been disclosed yet, and understandably so, because of the confidentiality/integrity of the research. That doesn’t mean we can’t assume!

I did some research on a data breach, London Lab Advances Use of A.I. in Health Care, But Raises Privacy Concerns, and found out DeepMind, a London artificial intelligence company owned by Google’s parent company, had taken data from a hospital without fully going through the necessary hoops and loops to do so. Anyway, they did get consent from Veteran Affairs, because veterans are down for whatever, and found out they could predict kidney injury after analyzing records of over 700,000 veterans datasets. Cool huh?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments. Byeeee.

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Social Media Is an Action Word.

Social Media Is an Action Word.

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You have probably heard of at least one of the following social media platforms:

LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Bumble, Twitch, Tumblr, Snapchat, WordPress, Tinder, YouTube, Twitter.

I don’t know if you noticed, but they all have a word of action in the title:

Twitter is the sound a bird makes when talking to other birds,

Twitch is a short sudden jerk,

Snap is the act of capturing the moment,

Chat is the act of talking,

TikTok is the sound of a moving clock,

Insta is informal for instant, and

Gram is old school for you got mail.

They all have this in common, because socialization requires action. To communicate one’s interest a bird “tweets”, to share one’s interest a person “snaps” a moment they experienced, and shares it with the ones they love. Therefore, every one of these media platforms are told we use as social animals to connect with one another.

Twitch is a sudden movement, or jerk, that is required when playing games with other gamers, and is likely a reason why it is called that. The ability to have quick reaction times when playing games gives one an advantage against another.

TikTok, pronounced Tick Tock in English, is the sound of a clock and if you are familiar with the platform you know that the recording limit is a few seconds tops. Lastly, Instagram is the instantaneous transference of a message, and in this case the message is visual.

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I don’t really like Facebook, so I will not be talking about it, but feel free to add your take on it’s relevance in the comment section below.

These platforms are appealing, because they give us the ability to express our interests with other people, who’s opinions matter to us, in turn reaffirms our belief system and gives us validation increase the feel good chemicals in our brains; the one’s that give us pleasure.

Since these social media platforms give us pleasure we associate them with that feel good chemical, oxytocin, dopamine, norepinephrine, and we seek it often in attempt to retrieve the same feeling we had initially when we first used the platform. Unfortunately, with all addictions this is a craving that can never be completely fulfilled.

Therefore, social media platforms have grown tremendously as a source of revenue for companies, and as a source of connection between one another, giving us a collective conscious creating culture, order, and a sense of meaning to our sometimes chaotic existence.

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Jokers Wild: a Short Film by Reynaldo Rivera

Jokers Wild: a Short Film by Reynaldo Rivera

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Hey  WordPress Fam,

I made this video for a class i’m taking; Multimedia Storytelling. I like the colors in the film. I used my GH5s, a white balance card(but its actually grey), and the profile Cine V on my camera. Then, I edited it on Adobe Premiere Pro, found royalty free music on https://www.epidemicsound.com, and exported it in 1080p 30 fps as a MOV file.

Let me know what you think, or if you have any suggestions for future videos on my YouTube Channel.

Thanks! ^_^

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Dear College Freshman, Do You Know Media Literacy?

Dear College Freshman, Do You Know Media Literacy?

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Dear College Freshman,

Congratulations! You did your time in high school and now are free. Education is important, and it might take you a long time to learn that on your own, and you might already know, but if you don’t already know, then this letter is especially important to you.

Just like Bobby Boucher, I learned the importance of… learning… [clears throat], by putting myself out there and making mistakes. Even though I know you will make your fair share of mistakes, as it is a part of the adulthood experience, I would like to help you minimize the amount of mistakes made by educating you on why Media Literacy is important to you.

To show how important Media Literacy is to you, heres Bobby Bouchers first day in class.

Media Literacy is fancy talk for take what you read with a grain of salt; including this blog post! Everything I say is 100% accurate and true; it’s science. You were adopted. It’s true! It’s science. Ask your parents right now if you’re adopted and they’ll say no, but you know deep down that they are lying. It’s science. Anyway, this is getting way out of topic. I don’t know if you’re adopted, and if you are, well… congratulations. Point is, take what you read, watch, listen to online, with a grain of salt. It’s not always “the truth.”

The most common example of this is “fake news.” Remember that one time, along time ago, when I said you were adopted? Haha. Well, thats an example of fake news. It’s overhyped information that you may find relevant, but has no evidence that makes it credible. The ability to know when something is fake, and real, is basically the definition of media literacy. Boom! End of blog. Mission accomplished. Well, almost…

This may be your first time away from your parents; away from someone looking over your shoulder telling you whats right and whats wrong. The choice to do what you wish with life is yours. If you still live with your parents, that is fine too. Just tell them to give you space. They’ll understand. It just might take a few reminders, but they’ll understand.

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Media literacy is the ability to discern what’s credible, and whats appropriate, from what’s false information, and what’s inappropriate.

Another way to put it is to think twice before you post media online. Give it a minute or two before posting it. Maybe, walk to the kitchen, grab a water, and come back to it. Still feel like posting it? Great.

Also, think twice before you read something touted as accurate and true online. Search multiple sources and see if they say the same thing. If they do, then it might be true. Even credible sources can be biased, so be careful.

Look at Fox news; credible. If Fox news said Trump is the best President in the world they are telling the truth, but are being biased about it. Trump is Republican, and Fox news is Republican. Therefore, Fox is Trump. Of course, Trump thinks he’s the best President in the world. It’s logic. Simple logic, but biased and subject to personal opinion.

Now that you know, feel free to say No to media illiteracy. Bobby Boucher said no to Momma:

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The One With the Teacher Taking My Yo-Yo.

The One With the Teacher Taking My Yo-Yo.

It starts with a solicitor given permission to present yo-yos to the entire 3rd grade class. Everyone buys a yo-yo, including me, and they become an instant hit. I start learning tricks and sharing techniques with my classmates.

The teacher confiscates my yo-yo because I wouldn’t stop playing with it in class so I run home to my dad and cry hysterically. I ask my Father if he could get my yo-yo back, and he agrees, grabbing his keys, and loading his piece; a handgun.

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I created a monster. My Father was an alcoholic and drug addict, and had been known to make questionable decisions. Bringing a loaded handgun to an elementary school was one of them.

Trying to deescalate the situation I tell my father that it’s not a big deal. We continue to walk around campus, we walk through the halls, and literally no one is to be seen. I tell my father again that I don’t need my yo-yo and that the teacher promised to give it the next day.

We go home. The end…. Kinda.

TL;DR

Watch the video!

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Digital Convergence Future is Now.

Digital Convergence Future is Now.

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Digital Convergence can be compared similarly to Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, in how the best of two things combine to make a more resilient creation.

A strong man can be compared to a monopolized, capitalized, company. A company that has energy invested in it, and breathes life into materialism.

A beautiful woman can be compared to a sleek, masterfully crafted, technological device. A device that everyone wants, but only those that can afford it have.

Throw in the Apple[commerce] tree and the snake[desire] impulse, and you got a little baby Jesus[iPad Pro 11inch].

I like my iPad Pro 11 inch.  But, this isn’t specifically about the iPad. If you have an iPhone or an Android capable phone, then you can relate to what i’m saying. Also, if you’ve ever used the internet you can relate to what i’m saying; and if you’re reading this then duh, you can relate.

Convergence = Evolution.

Technology is evolving just like the human race. Look at me for example; I’m Filipino and Salvadoran. I haven’t done ancestry.com yet but I do know my Fathers Mom, my Grandma, is Chinese too. So, I’m Filipino, Salvadoran, Chinese, and Spaniard; since Spain conquered both the Philippines and El Salvador at one point.

But, I digress.

When you get a chance, and only if you’d like, watch this educational video on Charles Darwin:

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Now, I would like to thank a great contributor to humanity; Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and Steve Wozniak. Steve Wozniak is just like me, because I bet a lot of people don’t know who he is since he is an introvert, and not like Jobs; an extrovert. However, other than being an introvert I am not as cool as Wozniak. All these people helped make the computer accessible to the everyday person, and after several iterations turned into the iPad Pro 11 inch. I’m not saying the iPad is the new computer, but it did evolve from it.

The iPad allows me to write this blog, watch youtube, listen to Bach, and tweet my thoughts, all at the same time. For real πŸ§™πŸ½β€β™‚️… This is some wizardry. If you look at my image, the mind map, then you can see what I mean:

iPad
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The arrows point to items that connect, and ultimately, it all connects to the one iPad device. At one point it took many devices to enjoy such luxuries. Devices of the past that led to this are the a-track, the cassette player, the Atari, the Nintendo, the Sega Genesis, the Super Nintendo, the Playstation, the cd player, the television, the boob tube, the flatscreen, the light emitting diode (LED), the organic light emitting diode (OLED), and even the lightbulb played a contributing role. I hope you get the idea.

I can play Minecraft, or I can write a research paper, or I can use Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) to drive to Taco Bell. I have the route memorized by now, but that’s not the point! The point is GPS was a military technology that used to require a separate clunk of device, but thanks to the freedom of information act some tech nerd got the patent info and incorporated it for every day use. Thanks tech nerd πŸ€“. Without GPS we’d be parked on the side of the road unfolding a massive map fighting with our significant other, friend, or family member about where we are exactly. We’d have to talk to strangers, and ask for directions πŸ˜². Yikes!

Not too long ago a typewriter was what people used to write pertinent information on, and not long before that they used the printing press. Did you know that in the medieval times only priests of the church knew how to read and write, and hence were the only ones capable of writing anything. More often than not they chose to write and rewrite the bible. Every bible was written by hand… by hand!! I’m already starting to cramp up typing this blog.

TL;DR

Appreciate your history, and know that the future is now.

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