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The BBG Communications blog is kind of something I invented. I thought it would be interesting to discuss through different communication techniques things that I am interested in. I like to look at new job opps, classic car stuff, and sports.

April 2009 - Posts


    It is an inescapable certainty that the media has an enormous influence on the decisions I make every day. Every decision from what television shows to watch to for whom my vote should be cast is in some way influenced by the media. This is due in part to the fact that for most Americans, free time is far too scarce.

    Perhaps the largest reason that the media has such a strong influence on the public is that it is able to dedicate more time and resources to discovering and interpreting information than the average American is able to. Most people simply do not have the time to go out and research every decision they make so the information provided by the media is in many cases the only information they use. For example, there is a myriad of car dealerships around my home and my family needs a new car. Because my parents work full-time jobs and I work full-time outside of the school year, none of us has time to kick every tire on every vehicle at every dealership near my home. Because we are unable to retrieve the information critical to making the important decision of what car we should invest in and trust our lives to, we need some way for the information to get to us. Television ads often spark interest in some vehicles, then the World Wide Web and magazines are able to give a more objective look at potential purchases and whether they are the appropriate option for my family or not.

    Another important decision in which most Americans rely on the media’s ability to relay information to the public is that of who to vote for in national elections. Very few people have the time or ability to sit down with presidential candidates and evaluate each person, then go home knowing everything he or she would like to know about the candidates and make an informed decision on Election Day. Because very often it is impossible for the public to travel or make time to gather important information, we must rely on somebody who is able to do so and use their interpretation of the facts to form our own. While ideally nobody would be dependent on another person to aid in the decision-making process, especially when it comes to deciding who should head the Executive Branch of the government of the United States, it is impossible for the hundreds of millions of Americans to personally interview the candidates.

    While it is mildly unnerving that I rely on the word of others to make my own decisions, there does not appear to be a feasible alternative for the time being. The best that I am able to do is take the information I receive for what it is: the word of another person. That way I can determine how much faith I should place in the information I am provided and if necessary learn more about an issue before making a decision.



    Posted Apr 30 2009, 04:26 PM by abadicio90 with no comments
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    The egoists ask why we bother with questions that do not concern our own interests.  Indeed, questions regarding the salaries of professional athletes do not seem to concern anyone but the athletes.  However, as humans, we reserve the right to pass judgment and speak out for our beliefs.  Professional athletes’ high salaries are not the result of the universal recognition of talent, but the ambitions of squabbling team owners.  Professional athleticism’s perpetual struggle for more wealth demonstrates the lack of morale within the profession.  Furthermore, the players who are reaping in the benefits of inflated salaries serve as false idols to a multitude of generations.

    In the olden days of professional sports, athletes remained loyal to one team and earned as much as public service employees.  All that changed when radios and televisions became household items and sports programming offered escapism from the otherwise mundane world.  Knowing team owners wanted only the best; athletes started putting themselves up for the highest bidder.  The fight for the top players naturally escalated the price for professional athletes, thus driving up the price for the best as well as the rest.  Of course professional athletes are immensely talented, but the price for their talent has been rather inflated.

    The morality of a situation depends on whether it produces the greatest happiness in the greatest number of people.  Paying athletes millions of dollars augments their happiness but one wonders whether that money could produce even more happiness and well-being if it was used to aid the starving children of the world, or the survivors of natural disasters, or the orphans of uncertain futures.  These problems do not seem real because they are far away, but there are problems closer to home as well.  Could the money not be used to address homelessness and promote environmental awareness?  The happiness of so many could be achieved with just a tiny percentage of professional athletes’ salaries.

    Professional athleticism is the very embodiment of the American dream; those of ordinary descent and ordinary circumstances can become extraordinary overnight.  The dream of being a professional athlete is an enticing one; they are adored by fans and rival world leaders in fame.  However, the American dream is an ideal, and ideals are often unattainable.  Just because Allen Iverson and Venus Williams can bankroll tens of millions of dollars a year does not mean everyone can.  Athletes’ eight or even nine digit salaries are setting impossible standards for all the generations to come.

    Whether it is the gladiators of ancient Rome, or the Raptors of Toronto, men who provide sport and spectacle have always been the objects of envy and controversy.  While the gladiators fought to preserve their lives, the Raptors play to gain personal riches.  The millions of dollars spent on athletes could be doing greater deeds that benefit a greater number of people instead of a few select individuals.  The dream of becoming a professional athlete motivates many, but few can attest to success.  Not only are the athletes unnecessarily overpaid, but by being so they are harming more than they are benefiting.  Now the question stands, who will do something about it?  After all, you care, but you don’t really care.



    Posted Apr 28 2009, 02:18 PM by abadicio90 with no comments
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  • BBG Communications: HOW MUCH INFLUENCE?

    The media has many forms. As a child, I once watched a television show that described different people as being, “all shapes and sizes.” The same can be said for today’s media. It comes in such forms as announcements over the radio, commercials on television, or pop-up ads on the Internet. You could also think of newspaper articles or graphics in a magazine, as tools of the media.

    But does the media really have such a large impact on our day to day choices, or even life changing decisions? I must admit, I can look at a weekend newspaper and see an advertisement for a local pizzeria, look at the steamy crust, the melting cheese and feel hungry. However, if a friend told me that the place was not very good, I would not even consider going there.

    About a week ago, my sister saw a pair of shoes on a certain celebrity on a TV show, and absolutely had to have a pair just like them. When we found a pair like them in her price range, they just didn’t look good on her. I gently told her so. She ended up not buying them.

    After researching colleges on the Web, I found picture after picture of large brick buildings, beautiful sunny weather and young people studying all over each campus. As enticing as that demographic is to a high school senior, I knew better than to apply without a personal visit first.

    The media does have a certain amount of influence over our decisions. It can sway our opinions and even let us fantasize for a moment that the product, place or idea is exactly as good as it seems. I was influenced enough by the media, even as a child, to decide today to include that memory in the opening of this paper. However, I believe that our environment and relationships, the people in our lives, have much more influence over the choices we make.



    Posted Apr 20 2009, 05:12 PM by abadicio90 with no comments
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    “Beep…Beep…Beep…Beep”, the alarm sounds, but she doesn’t wake up. For my mom, there are two options, go to work or back to sleep. The answer isn’t as easy as yes or no, especially when it’s a job you aren’t happy with or have no connection to. As for my mom, without completing high school, college, or any training certificate at all, she only wants to sleep in order to rid herself of her chosen life path. When she does go and come home from work, she’s tired, no exhausted, in every way possible, just wondering what she has to show for all her hard work. Thus, I believe the most important decision in order to be happy and successful is to choose a career, not a job. One that not only provides you with the funds to live on, but more importantly, one you are happy to wake up to.

    Happiness isn’t hard to come by when you’re making money, right? NO! Money doesn’t equal happiness; it is only a bill payer, not a home maker. As my deadline to choose is coming, the question is, what job, better yet, what career will be right for me? Seeing my mom suffer and steadily work harder and harder, I realize that the path I take must lead me to financial security, but at the same time I also know that I don’t want the rest of my life to be based on how much money I can make or how many things I can have. I want my life, now and for the future, to be based on happiness, so I will need a career that will provide me with that happiness when I’m at work and at home, because to me, when I am happy I am successful. Successful in the way that I am not basing my life on money or greed.

    “Beep…Beep…Beep…Beep”, the alarm sounds. I wake up.


    Posted Apr 17 2009, 05:08 PM by abadicio90 with no comments
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  • Best Job for Me

    My dream job would have to be a high school teacher and a youth pastor position at a small church in my hometown. I’ve always loved being around people and would relish the opportunity to use my God given talents in the service of teens, who are looking for guidance. High school can be a very difficult time in a young student’s life and some of the decisions made during this time can affect them for the rest of their lives. While some young people go through their high school careers without any troubles or mishaps, countless others make poor decisions and face the responsibility of those decisions for life.

    Just this year alone I know of at least eleven young women in my graduating class of less than two-hundred and forty that have became pregnant or have already had kids. This severely limits their options as far as their futures go, because they now have to take care of their kids. While kids are an awesome gift of God, I know that many of these ladies now regret their past decisions.

    As a youth pastor, a teacher, and hopefully a varsity soccer coach, I would try and work with my students to help them make the best decisions possible. I would try and help them any way possible to get a job in the area if that’s what they want to do or to help them prepare for college if that is the route they are wanting to take in their lives.

    Another reason I would love to have this job is because it would provide me with a great setting to one day start up my own family. I love where I live in tiny Wakulla County, Florida, and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else, as long as this is where God wants me to be.

    Also, I’m not afraid to admit that I would also enjoy the flexibilities that teacher’s enjoy in their work schedule. The time off from school that all teachers receive would be awesome for me just to sit back and relax to recover from the grind of the school year. It would also provide me an opportunity to spend time with family and friends, while also enabling me to help out in the community if there is ever a time when I’m needed.

    These are all reasons why being a teacher/youth pastor/soccer coach would be my dream job. I really believe that I would love these occupations. True, they might not be the most prestigious of careers, or the best paid. But I would be able to make a difference in my, or any other community that I settle down in and enjoy my life. And to me that is the most important thing in life. To live my life to the fullest, enjoying every moment of it, while doing God’s calling for me. I mean life’s too short not to enjoy it, right?

    Posted Apr 09 2009, 01:19 PM by abadicio90 with 1 comment(s)
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