Humanity vs. Machinery: Automation in the Workplace

In the past years, technology has developed tremendously. Slowly but surely we incorporated it in our everyday lives. From transportation to communication and even video games, everything is related to it.  However, we often forget to look at all the ways it affects us. One big dilemma that arose during this era of technology is the incorporation of machines into the workplace. As technology progresses, more and more machines are used in factories. They greatly ease down the workers’ jobs, which can be helpful, but they also oftentimes replace what used to be jobs for workers.

Journalism? More like Twitter-ism.


David Marsh, a former production editor at the Guardian wrote a five years old article titled “Digital Age Rewrites the Role of Journalism”. In it, he talked about the growing debate among journalists on what is the definition of a journalist in this new digital age? Or even, what is the difference between a tweeter (or a teacher who sometimes writes articles for a local newspaper) and a more traditionalist journalist? If both are reporting stories to an audience, does that not make them both journalists?

Mom! I Want to be a Professional “Tweeter”!


Close your eyes and try to imagine the world without computers, smartphones, Wi-Fi. Try to imagine how the news of nine eleven would have spread without computers and instant broadcasting videos. Who is responsible for all this news spread, you may ask? Well today, pretty much any one who owns a mobile. However, that has been happening only for the past decade. Not so long ago, the only ones who were responsible for everyone’s knowledge of tidings were what we call, journalists.


Journalism in 2017


In this article, Al Tompkins has interviewed with college journalism students. It is mentioned that everyone sees journalism almost in a bad way, meaning it is going down, less and less people are reading the newspaper and using terms like “ "layoffs," "cutbacks," "buyouts" and "freelance”” when it comes to journalism. It is stated that the students he spoke to were all into journalism because they want to make a difference. All the students want to work for the radio, TV, online, and prints.


Have you heard the word, Karoshi? Karoshi means “death from overwork”. The causes are stroke, heart attack and suicide due to stress. According to RT News (2016), a new Japanese government poll has shown that a fifth of the country’s employee face the risk of death from overwork. The research targeted some 10,000 companies and 20,000 workers responded over two months between December 2015 and January 2016. It is said that the Japanese people have their strict work culture and putting in long hours. Hundreds of deaths from overwork are recorded and escalated every year.

Black company

Have you ever heard of the word “Black Company”? The origin of this word is Japanese and it refers to a company which doesn’t follow the Labor Standards Law. According to Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, the number of workers suffered from Black companies in 2012 was 1,067,210. Some of them got diseases, some mental problems or others lost their lives, so I think that we must do something against them as soon as possible. In this essay, I will explain the reasons why the problems that they have today and the measures against them.

The Impact of Race on Veteran Unemployment

On the excel table above, I compared the unemployment rate in US veterans of different nationalities in six of the largest cities in the country. Before I conducted this research, I never would of put veterans and unemployment in the same category because I found there correlation bipolar. I blatantly assumed that a US veteran would always have some form of occupation or job status until retirement. What’s most surprising is that some of the final results were expected, but there was some demographic evidence that I didn't see coming.

Understanding Deep South Demographics

In this article, two authors, Adelman and Tsao, research who makes up the deep south. Racial makeup of the area is examined, as well as the racial hierarchy that exists there.

Tensions Rise in Standing Rock Sioux Nation

In summary, the piece of media which has been selected is regarding the protest against the North Dakota Pipeline in Standing Rock Sioux Nation. Thousands of people have now displayed their support with the first nation community. Protests, marches and rallies have also taken place all over Canada, as a way to display solidarity. Standing Rock Sioux Nation is opposed to the construction of a multi-million dollar project that would transport crude oil from the Bakken oil field, close to the border of Saskatchewan Canada, into the border of Illinois.

Coal, Electricity Bills, and a Big Misunderstanding

Original Article by John Paul Tasker, CBC News: Canada's rejection of coal will clear the air but impact workers and power bills