News writing in liquid labour

What truly struck me with week 4 BCM206’s lecture, was how relevant the liquid labour market will be to me as a potential future journalist.

We have definitely moved from the hard, smoke-filled journalism of its origins.

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To a far more freelanced, individual journalism.

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Which makes working more convenient.

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But also potentially less stable.

“Journalists today have to fight with their employers to keep the little protections they still have, and do so in a cultural context of declining trust and credibility in the eyes of audiences.’

Dueze, 2009

This is what I fear with the rapid information network economy; a job where I become underpaid, undervalued, and underutilised… all for the sake of faster information.

Simply put, I don’t want to be left behind.

Source: http://newsgifhq.tumblr.com/post/123657347585/stephen-colberts-take-on-the-nyse-outage

Sources

Deuze, M. (2009). The people formerly known as the employers. Journalism: Theory, Practice & Criticism, 10(3), pp.315-318.

 

CyberPunk: Today’s Utopia?

 

For week three’s BCM206 post, I found myself thinking again and again about how the beginning of the personal computer in the 1980s sounded like the beginning of a science fiction novel.

The tropes, themes, and cultures associated with this technology boom really resonated with me, leading me to create this sound piece that compares and contrasts reality with science ‘fiction’.

Sources

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https://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/jul/28/william-gibson-neuromancer-cyberpunk-books

https://www.shmoop.com/neuromancer/technology-modernization-quotes.html

http://fredturner.stanford.edu/books/from-counterculture-to-cyberculture/

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/dec/09/are-we-liberated-by-tech-or-does-it-enslave-us

http://www.pff.org/issues-pubs/futureinsights/fi1.2magnacarta.html

 

 

 

Technology at the speed of light

The one thing that I found most interesting the BCM206 lecture this week was how some members of humanity will never truly grasp the power of the technology at their fingertips.

The one part that got to me was the anecdotes on people’s lack of understanding with the mechanics of the telegraph.

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The woman who wanted to send soup to her son on the western front for example, resonated with me. Simply because I had to explain to my own grandmother that I can send her my holiday photos to her phone, and not have to physically print and send them to her.

The lack of physicality still remains a concept that is hard to grasp by some.

While some generations appear to have it easier than others.

It appears that the rapid rate of technology will always leave some people behind.