On July 15, Nuseir (Nas) Tassin aka Nas Daily released episode two of his recently-launched podcast, Nas Talks, called Philippines: The Country of Social Media, with his friend and fellow content creator Wil Dasovich.
In the podcast, as the conversation progresses throughout the episode, the two seasoned hosts get into a heated but *respectful* discussion on the role of content creators in news coverage and "infotainment," (as Nas defines it). The discussion among the two quickly became a hot topic on social media and news sites, with many firmly taking sides and posting their own opinions on the issue. And while there's definitely a lot of perspectives to be learned in the online conversations, some comments, have taken a turn for the worse with outdated name-calling across anonymous usernames. Nas Daily has since taken to Facebook to "correct something."
Part of the statement read, "Wil and I are good friends. The podcast was very friendly. But when you write it down in text or an article, it looks like it was all serious and grumpy. It wasn’t.
"I don’t want anyone to use this podcast or my conversation with Wil to further anyone’s political ambitions or use it against Wil. We are both trying to figure out what to do with social media. It’s a whole new world for both of us. And we’re doing our BEST to make it a NET POSITIVE to the world.
He went on to encourage his audience to base their own opinions on research rather than other people's opinions, and to listen to the full episode for more context and better insight into their conversation.
Nas Talks: Episode 2
Here's what the episode was about:
Almost half of the Philippine population are logged in to Facebook — that's 50 million people! What's crazier is that they spend 10 hours a day on social media, way more than any other country in the World. Why is that? Joined with popular American-Filipino content creator Wil Dasovich, Nas discusses why Filipinos love to stay connected online, and the positive impact that social media has brought to both of their live.
The podcast begins with Nas and Will talking about their backgrounds, as well as their theories as to why Filipinos are the top internet users in the world. Wil, who has lived in the country the past few years, suggests it could be because of the extremely social nature of Filipinos. But he also admits that the attention is not always good, especially on social media.
In the episode, Wil opens up about the toll content creating has had on him and several other peers in his network, and how being public figures on social media also affected their mental health negatively (sometimes to the point of experiencing burnout).
Nas, on the other hand, shares how he is more the type to chase after certain conversations and connects it to how he fully immerses himself into his work, admitting that part of his personality is that he "loves stress." This opened up the floor for a more "sensitive topic," the rejection of the ABS-CBN franchise renewal, a decision that has prompted citizens to attend rallies to save the country's largest media organization.
A few minutes into the conversation, Wil confesses he, personally, tries to limit his exposure to "bad news" and instead focuses on creating positive content for his audience. "Okay, this is my take. I am very mindful and aware of how things affect me and my emotions. And I noticed that the more I watch the news or follow the news, it makes me more sad. And I want to do everything that I can to be happy because, simply put, when I'm happy, I'm able to transfer that energy to everyone who watches me and be happy. The easiest way to make the people around you happy is to be happy yourself, so I limit the news as much as possible," he said.
"Yes, I may talk about the news every now and then when you need to, but me in creating content, I really try and keep it light. Because at the end of the day, I believe that people come to watch my videos because they want to rest and relax and be stress-free for 10 minutes."
To drive his point home, Nas claimed that Wil was "essentially... a dormant news channel," he said. "You're like an inactive news channel right now. But I'm willing to bet $10,000 right now that if, God forbid, some major event happens like a tsunami or a war or an earthquake or whatever, you are going to become a news channel."
"A news channel for good, right, but nonetheless to tell the news."
This seems to have conviced Wil, as he responds with "100%."
"We'll cross that bridge when it comes, he later adds. "There are so many things that happen in life that are unexpected and those who survive are the ones who are able to adapt and evolve. That is true in life and even moreso on social media."
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