10 Levels of Intimacy in Today’s Communication (according to Ji Lee)

10 Levels of Intimacy in Today's Communication This is a photo that Agent Zid once tagged me in on Facebook back when I was only¬† getting started with the social networking site. I remember wondering what this picture was all about the first time I saw it on my profile. Back then I didn’t even know how to untag myself from some of the photos I was tagged in on Facebook.

I look back at this now and think of how out of the 10 levels of intimacy (as “appropriately” depicted by Ji Lee) in today’s communication, six of those involve the use of the computer. If we count those that involve the use of modern technology, we’d count eight. Wow. I mean, is this how “essential” new technology is now when it comes to socializing?

Now, I, by no means actually disagree with Ji Lee. I believe that intimate communication is characterized by the “richness” in the communication “channel”; in other words, the more you are able to say and the more ways you are able to say it, the better. Okay, so I understand that’s not the best way to put it simply, but I’m sure you get what I’m saying. That is why I must agree with Ji Lee when she put talking face to face as the most intimate level of communication. Nonetheless, I do want to look a little bit deeper at how the emergence of new technology affects the dynamics of intimacy in communication.

The emergence of all this new technology grants us, users of it, the choice of using more means of communicating. Now, think about that apology you’ve been wanting to ask from your professor. In the past, we probably would have just had three choices: Talk to the professor personally, write him/her a formal letter, or not try at all. Today, you have email, text messaging, and even Facebook chat. Now granting that your professor is your friend in your Facebook, would writing in his/her wall be the best way to do that?

That situation gives us a picture of how all this new technology is changing–and will continue to change–the dynamics of how we communicate. Given that, I believe our role then is to know and choose the best way of getting our message across–even if that’s just you wanting to greet your friend on her birthday. In some situations writing an email may be the best way to do it.¬† Other times, only face to face will cut it. And still for other instances, changing your Facebook status may be enough. Either way, we need to be reminded that we are the ones who make that choice. That it is us, not the technology, that defines the sincerity and level of intimacy in our communication.

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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?

Alpha Mission: Field Evaluation

In this information and communication generation, the Internet has become a field of specific interest and concern. As mentioned by Bill Gates in his essay on shaping the Internet Age, the Internet may very well be humanity’s best invention.

The Internet has made information sharing a common thing. Communication lines that were not available before have now opened. These open lines of communication have allowed people from opposite sides of the globe to communicate with each other as though they were sitting right next to each other.

From here on I think about the Internet and how it has so far impacted my life and this generation. I think about how my aunt first met her life partner on an online social networking site. I think about the other three blogs I’ve managed in the past. My friends watch full HD movies online. Children now no longer have any idea what an encyclopedia is thanks to Wikipedia.

And from here Bill Gates goes on to talk about how the Internet is still in its infancy. Given such an argument, one can only think of the many more possibilities that will come with the development of the Internet, its “expansion”, and its influence in this generation. And then there’s also the dangers that come with all those. Privacy, online spread of computer viruses, and Piracy are only some of the many other issues that come to mind when I think about what comes with the Internet’s reaching of its full potential.

I believe that given such an evaluation this “field”, it only makes sense for those of us who will be immersed in it to make sure that we are learned, updated, and well educated about the Internet. Further, it gives us the responsibility to know well the strengths and weaknesses of the Internet. For taking in such a responsibility is only inevitable once we acknowledge our role and part in shaping the Internet Age.

Mission briefing

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