Questioning who to write for is an issue that plagues many hopeful and aspiring journalists. Even those who don’t academically study the profession of journalism can still one day write in their chosen field. Who to write for, professionally or not, is a question which boils down to one of two choices: Publication or freelance work.
“I want to make fucking movies man”, nineteen year-old, Communication and Media Studies student Brad Sullivan answered rather enthusiastically when I put the question to him of what unrealistic goals he has.
Objectivity, information without bias, is considered the apex of authority in media. However with individuals hesitant to pay to be informed, it can be assumed that information that fits an opinion or predisposition to a particular audience is what will be tolerated.
Media coverage over national events and scandals bring about the need for consistent scrutiny over facts put to print. However, in several instances newspapers have prioritized swiftness over accuracy in an effort to be the first to publicize events.
And quite possibly the end of my three topic titles.
Go and search on Google the words ‘craft’ and ‘making.
If you don’t possess the weird and sporadic search results where Google suggests that you’re a divorced, middle-aged, suburban mother, you’ll probably notice a marked difference between the two definitions.
‘Making’ yields the stereotypically gruff and manly images of individuals creating various bits of furniture and vehicles and such. With maybe two out of the first set of images showing anything but individuals engaged in metalwork or woodwork, it’s pretty obvious that the role of ‘making’ is something that is typically mature-aged and male-centric.
And in contrast, ‘crafting’.
The bright pastel colours and the utility of the objects is pretty distinguishing.
And although the latter may come off as juvenile and dainty in some way, there is opportunity for a line to be blurred with the introduction of 3D-printing.
Would 3D-printing be classified as craft? Initially, yes. Simply assumed to fill a niche market in society, the technology to 3D-print objects of growing utility (such as generated Minecraft worlds, to entire engines) has massively blurred the definition and gender connotations to both terms.
This podcast entry looks at the contrast between the reception of two unrelated events and how authority can be conveyed within differing media platforms. Is Twitter a less reliable platform or less of an authority than publications such as The Daily Telegraph?