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Monday, September 09, 2013

In Defense of the "Monkeys Behind Keyboards" aka the Non-US Based Freelance Writers

Somewhere in the jungles of the Philippines (or India if you will), some person is churning out words at a feverish pace.

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The objective: to write 5,000 words within 24 hours. While some may balk at the notion of such an endeavor's audacity - he just shrugs his shoulders and proceeds to fire those thoughts as if they were .50 cal rounds from a machine gun.

He does this through his Apple iMac and Microsoft Word.

While doing so, the person routinely checked his Gmail for any message that may find its way there from anywhere in the world.

"Hmmm," he says as he reads an email sent to him by a friend in Spain. "Toyota's hybrid car looks interesting." He clicks on the link just to the right and marvels at how fast Prius cars could go. He continues reading for a while whilst entertaining thoughts of owning one someday.

Prius logo

Content with his regular dosage of day-dreaming, he opens facebook to check on the updates of friends and relatives. He doesn't really care whether the NSA is spying on him or not, but he is fully aware that all his activities are being tracked by some entity, state sponsored or not.

"It doesn't really matter. If you're not doing anything averse or illegal, they can spy all they want." were ideas he probably never thought to himself.

colorful sunset at beach in penang

He sees an advertisement on the sidebar: the newest incarnation of the Apple iPhone. The iPhone was being advertised by some local company, who thought of facebook's potential to reach their target market.

"They must have spent thousands of dollars for that Facebook campaign." were words that were probably not spoken or thought of by the man. He just wanted an iPhone and if writing 5,000 words a day were a means to that objective, then that's all that mattered.

iPhone

But then a thought bubbled its way on top of his consciousness. He decided to take a short blog break. He opens up Blogger and proceeds to write a poem about loneliness and love. After he finishes his post, he shares this via twitter, facebook,Google Plus and StumbleUpon. Traffic slowly trickles to his blog which is regularly read by many, including a young and single woman from India.

Since Adsense was embedded on the sidebar, an advertisement for a dating website appears. It is an international dating website based in Europe, which had its domain registered via GoDaddy.com. Its hosting was serviced by Rackspace.

Rackspace: The Open Cloud Company

Now, one of the members of the dating website is an American divorcee named Brian. He was a sad and bald man. But he is hoping that he will find his one true love some day. He uses Paypal to pay for his membership on the dating website so that his profile will be seen by thousands upon thousands of lonely women. Sometimes, his Paypal account gets wonky. Luckily, an ever ready outsourced worker is always glad to help him.

Through a series of fortuitous events, Brian and the young woman eventually meet. He proposed to her online and would see each other soon. They were already talking about their honeymoon and where they should go.

Canyon Cove Beach Club Resort

So, while they are chatting and giggling like hormone laced teenagers, they decided to do a search on Google. "Best place for a honeymoon" is what they typed. One of the results is in the Philippines where a multinational company headed by a Taipan recently put up a resort. The resort wanted to attract American tourists so they hired a US marketing and advertising company which then hired a US based social media strategist which then hired the freelance writer from the Philippines.

The story does not end there. It goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on. You just need to open your eyes to see.
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