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In the video, John Green shared the general rules on using the prepositions on, in, and at.

This was useful to me partly because I was just asked that question last week during my research writing consultation. Now I have an answer for the next session.

The video was also useful in a broader sense. With just about every rule comes exceptions, and grammar is no exception.

I would challenge anyone attempting to standardise “pedagogy” or “learning” in schooling and education. When implemented, they will find exceptions to the model answer, ideal formula, or prescribed standard.

So are standards or definitions pointless then? No, they are baselines from which variations sprout. We just need to be critical enough to recognise what is valuable or erroneous, helpful or harmful, and relevant or not, depending on the context.

People who sell us products and services want to keep selling us their wares. If they can convince us to buy more than we currently do, all the better for them.

There is nothing inherently wrong with this because that is business. But HOW businesses communicate with us makes a difference.

One current and irritating practice of providers is opting us automatically in to receiving notifications by email or text messages.

They defend this approach by saying that doing this is part of the deal, a service enhancement, or that we can opt out later. These businesses are missing the point and sailing on the wrong boat.

The point is to respect their customer’s data and privacy. The process should be opt-in by default. We should be asked if we actually want to receive these notifications and this permission should be upfront, not hidden in a long-scrolling Terms of Service.

The strong arm tactic of requiring us to opt-out is a sinking ship. We now have laws like the PDPA that restrict how and what data various agencies can collect.

However, this does not seem to prevent these agencies from opting you in to updates and marketing by default. They might even collect even more data than they need because information is the new raw and reusable material.

So if companies and agencies can exploit loopholes, what is the customer and consumer to do?

We can apply social media pressure. This does not just mean complaining about our grievances on social media because doing this can sometimes feel like shouting into the ether.

By social media pressure I mean urging businesses and providers to use ethical social media practices. For example, we are invited to provide feedback, but we do not have to. We are encouraged to follow you on Instagram, but we do not have to. This approach is one of wilful choice, it is opt in, and it is about respect.

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