Mission Training

As you can see, HQ is still only running at 40% its capacity.

Now that’s just short of saying that I haven’t figured out yet how to edit the layout of this blog, edit the entries, and manage the updates I get from WordPress. And honestly, taking this long to figure everything out is a bit frustrating knowing that this isn’t my first time to blog. And believe me, I should know–or at least I think I should–since I started blogging back when everything was still done manually in html, long before Geocities closed.

I used to have a MySpace account where I used to blog. Before Friendster was invaded by the now so-called Jejemons, I would write comments longer than the maximum number of characters allowed in Twitter. My first real blog host was Livejournal and I ran under the username superman_01 (Forgive me, I was 16.) I opened a Multiply account shortly after where I exported all of my previous entries from other blog sites. Today, I cross-post my entries in Multiply to my Facebook profile.

I think about this trouble I have and then think about my parents who’ve just recently found an interest in reading blogs. The other day they asked me how to start their own.

Now, this is tricky. We of all people should know that computers, the Internet, and parents are elements that don’t really mix very easily–well for most of the time, at least. Take for example the countless number of times I’ve tried to explain to my dad how podcasting works. Or think about the many other times you’ve had to answer your mom’s request to add new songs on her iPod just because you know it would likely take her at least two days to figure out how to do it herself.

It is then when I wonder how much more different the field of communication’s going to be in the future given all these technological breakthroughs. On top of that, I ask myself, “Will I be able to keep up?” Man, I’ve been to WordPress for the past three days and I still can’t figure out how to change a few things in the header. Now if I can’t even do that, how much more difficult will it be for my parents who obviously still have the desire to keep up? How about those who don’t even have access to computers? Will they be left behind just because they don’t the means to have the same “mission training” we currently undergo as agents in the field of communication? Lastly, suppose we’re now under “Mission Training 6.0”, does that mean “Mission Training 1.2” is no longer relevant in the field?

Agents, what do you think?

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  1. “Will I be able to keep up?” Now that’s the question for all of us who, in one way or another, are trapped in Web 2.0. Being in the middle of an inescapable Internet evolution, preparing our gears for adapting is the best thing to do, Agent Eric.

    Last night, while I was watching the footage of the OrCom Conference (yes, the matchless and unforgettable Sept 26 confe), Ms. Yoly Ong’s speech reminded me of how our country lags behind the rest of the world in terms of Web connectivity. Ms Ong mentioned that only 21% of Filipinos have access to the Internet in 2009. Back in 2004, the figure was but 13%. Imagine that. Not even a quarter of our population is online. And now, are we talking about keeping up?

    I believe empowering Filipinos to gain access to the Internet is on top of our to-do list. Before we set our minds to simultaneously evolve and improve with the Web, we first must break our way into it. Once we’re there, the adapting process shall follow. As we may have noticed, the Filipinos still need to travel far to match the pace of the Internet expansion. But as long as there are people who have the “desire to keep up” (your parents included), we’re on our way, Agent! :)

  2. Your mom is quite techie. My mom doesn’t know how to use Facebook, let alone an iPod. =))

    I can’t help but wonder… I myself am from Net Generation yet I (still) don’t know Photoshop stuff. What will happen to me in say, 2020? What great technologies lie ahead of us? Are we supposed to keep up with them? Is it for the better? Or should we maybe take a rest from all these digital things and re-learn how to value the quality time in actual face-to-face interactions? Hmm…

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