Generation Jobless

You experience something very humbling when you read that title; or perhaps it’s terrifying. Even from its name you can already tell that this documentary by CBC’s DocZone is not going to be a happy tale about the job situation for the Millennials. Using the article From Noise to Nucleus by Elly A. Konijn and Jelte M. ten Holt I have chosen to examine how this video takes advantage of our emotions. The nature of a documentary is to evoke opinions by effecting our emotions. Therefore, this article was selected because it provides detailed information about how media affects our emotions and how we in turn regulate these emotions.

An image of the title for Generation Jobless.
(dreamfilm.ca, 2013).

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The Convergence of Ubiquitous Computers and the Cloud

An image of cloud computing representing a connection to other devices.I think it is safe to say that a lot of our data has moved online. As envisioned by Mark Weiser computers, more importantly the Internet, have all but faded into the background of our existence making them a ubiquitous technology. Weiser suggested that because we are so fixated on screens that it was impossible in 1991 for the technology to fade into the background but now screens are everywhere: billboards are now huge digital “boards” and subways have digital screens playing the latest news or advertisements, our fridges have screens as do thermostats, ovens and alarm systems. However, 20 years later I believe his predictions have come true. The computer has been assimilated into society to the point where the boundaries between our data consumption via screens is hardly discernible. But what is interesting to note is how the power of the ubiquitous computer has moved much of our other ubiquitous technologies online. Things like writing and entertainment are now performed and stored online in a space known as the “Cloud.” Continue reading “The Convergence of Ubiquitous Computers and the Cloud”

Social Media – the human factor

Picture of users with mobile devices.Reviewing the concepts discussed in Neal Schaffer’s Maximize Your Social he offers practical advice on how a company can leverage social media in order to:

  1. Reach out and engage with customers, prospects, partners, and your network.
  2. Create opportunity by communicating and sharing information.
  3. Manage your reputation and discover new business through monitoring information (18).

These three aspects really form the cornerstone of why anyone in a personal or corporate capacity becomes involved with social media because using these services is about building and managing your reputation while creating opportunities for sharing and discussion. Continue reading “Social Media – the human factor”

What are we Saying? That there’s a job crisis, but we’ll fix it. (A look at Ontario’s response to youth unemployment)

An image of a woman looking at a board with job postings (Wynne, 2013). Photo taken by BRIAN SNYDER / REUTERS.

The crisis that I will address over the course of the semester is youth unemployment in Canada. Although it is never the top news story or considered breaking news in our fast paced society it is an ever evolving, politically charged social issue that recedes into the background despite having potentially devastating effects not only on this generation but also the next and the previous. Many students who graduate high school or from a post-secondary institution and cannot find employment tend to be either unemployed or underemployed in low paying jobs that do not utilize the skills that they learned from their education, earning them nicknames like “College Grad Barista.” However, despite being underemployed they are still burdened with their student debt accrued during post-secondary education. Continue reading “What are we Saying? That there’s a job crisis, but we’ll fix it. (A look at Ontario’s response to youth unemployment)”