I watch the discussion about many political topics such as the January 6 riot, Joe’s inauguration, and former president Biden’s impeachment, and I got to say for someone who is not really interesting in politics, this was very interesting. One of the conversations that really interest me was the talk about the January 6th riot. I talked about the difference between a riot and a coup. One of the basics differences is that a cool focus on overthrowing the government rather than making a point from what I gathered and is extremely more violent than a riot in the sense that they’re actually looking for blood more than a riot which is way less unorganized.
Robert Chaouad also went into more detail about a coup and talked about self-coup, and defined it by trying to keep their position by starting an incident that will eliminate everyone in position except themselves. These were all things I never really considered while watching the riot never really thought there was a difference between a riot and it cools up until now, so I found it very interesting. As for some of the questions, the idea that another riot would happen to me is a good one because I personally believe another riot will happen, especially if Trump decides to run again. I feel that word inspires people to act up again, but I don’t think it would happen in Washington, just like Palazzo said. I feel like it will happen somewhere else that’s even more important, like the UN or something on that level.
After listening to Tyler Blunt-Welsh’s interview, I would have to say it was very insightful. Still, I think the part that interests me is when he talked about where you get his story ideas. What always interested me about journalism is talking to strangers about their opinion about certain topics or events and seeing how people react.
Welsh brings up the fact that he’s a working-class person in the city, and there’s a lot of relatability when you talk to people from the same area as you. That’s the type of writing I want to have in my blog, taking it from the news that affects the big establishment and then bring it down to the consumer/little people and see how they affect one another.
After listening to a virtual book talk title “sparring Smokin Joe” by Glenn Lewis, I said that someone who is not really interested in boxing was a very informative presentation. I think what I love so much about this interview is that it teaches me how a journalist works. If you want to take a story for an event that, in your opinion, is for a niche audience, you must find ways to make it appealing.
As someone who really struggles with that listening to this interview, Lewis found a way to make this cool little story about Joe Frazier and show Joe’s humanity and what he values most out of life. I take a perfect example of that is when Joe Frazier stood up for the waitress despite being a bar in the south, especially around that time with racism, he seemed like the type of guy who didn’t care about the consequences as long as he did the right thing it was well deserved. I think it’s because Lewis did a good job at explaining what drives a character, Joe, to do the things he does, and that’s because he sets up the setting and the time period so well that you can buy.
After reading the article “The amplifying Trump tweets about election integrity” by Claire Wardle, it was fascinating to realize how many times Trump has treated ever since he’s gone into office but just over 12,000 times from January 1, 2020, to January 19th, 2021. Someone who is always on his social media accounts, I find it interesting that Donald Trump tweets more than me, and I’m just a 26 old college student, and he’s running the government and has all this spare time to tweet about things.
What makes this article interesting is how much new stations continuously report Trump tweets. You have MSNBC airing his tweets around 11 hours a day, CNN 10 hours, and Fox news 9 hours, and when you add all of that up, that’s 32 hours of hearing Trump talk about things you don’t want to hear. When you hear stuff like this, it makes you wonder why news stations decide to show office treats frequently. I would love to say that it’s for a rating or to keep everybody informs of what he’s saying, but what I theorized is that it’s a way for some of the news stations to get people riled up in and generally Fed up with Trump so it would make people want to hate Trump even those who really don’t even care about politician stuff like myself have found myself saying multiple times how much I wouldn’t say I like Trump even though I don’t really pay attention all too much to what’s going on when it comes on to politics. I personally feel like this article does a pretty good job at reminding people how manipulating the news can sometimes be and how you must do your own research to come up with your own conclusions on a particular situation because if you rely on the media. At the same time, you’ll get one side of the story. You won’t get a complete picture of the story.
I love the article “We Were The Last Of The Nice Negro Girls” by Anna Deavere Smith because it is saying that up to this day, we’re still struggling with racism in America. Still, I think the part that really touched me is when the character said that she could only go to one slumber party with her white friend and that only was until 10:00 because the parents didn’t want her hanging out with white people. It is moments like that that I feel really devise us as people, but I also understand where they’re coming from because they don’t really know the parents.
If anything happens, I think the parents felt like they would always be wrong even if they made a good argument because they were black. And also does a very interesting on how different each generation is because she states that in the ’50s and 60s, her parents grew up with six or eight cousins or one to six brothers. I was thinking about my family tree, grew up with just four cousins, and heard that there was more than that was very interesting to hear back in the day. I also like how she talked about how the black community, particularly black students, felt after the assassination of Martin Luther King, and it inspired them to make be more demanding on what they want in terms of what the school should be teaching. It reminds me of the idea that it will take one person’s loss of life to inspire other people to continue the fight in their own way.
After reading “Does journalism Have A Future” by Jill Lepore, it reminded me of this documentary I watched called Page One: Inside The New York Times, and it was this fascinating documentary that I highly recommend everybody watch about a real-life journalist trying to come to terms with the idea that because social media and the internet has become so easy to obtain news and information regarding any topic they feel as though people don’t really care about actual news and their biggest fear is that they’re not only going to lose their jobs, but people don’t care about how factual the news is. As someone who really hasn’t thought much about what makes journalism so important to us as a society, it was very disheartening to know that people would want to read a catchy headline instead of reading the article that pertains way more information and has legitimacy instead of some other places that regurgitate nothing of interest.
As for the article “Jill Abramson’s Book Charts Journalism’s stormy seas with some personal regrets and score-settling” by Nicholas Thompson, I do like the idea that Abramson exposes a lot of the corruption that goes into journalism and the sexist undertones that come with working at the job it gives you this idea of what sense of like as a woman working for a company like a vice. Still, I also liked how vice also came around and exposed some of the plagiarism elements in her book, and she owned up to her mistakes; however, it still doesn’t excuse all the shady and nasty things they did.
Finally, the interview with Jill Abramson by Rachel cook and I like the fact that they talked about Donald Trump’s election raised the interest in news and journalism because I did notice when Trump got elected and even throughout his four years run every single social media account would talk about him non-stop. Still, you only ever hear true journalism talk about the things that he’s done for the country or what he plans to do rather than following every word for word he said when you’re on social media, it’s like you can’t escape you Donald Trump which I also feel is what led to the overwhelming amount of hate plus defense on his behalf.
An unhealthy working environment in Video game development harms The gaming community.
By Jahi Seifert
While playing video games can be entertaining. Video game development can be extremely stressful due to poor management, which results in an unhealthy working environment that causes mental and physical health issues that affect the employees and the gaming community.
Imagine your significant other is a game developer. You love how passionate they are about their work; however, you start seeing them less and less. They begin to complain about headaches and stomach pain but must continue their project before the deadline reach. That sadly is the reality of video game development, and it affects many employees but not only just employees gamers as well.
Culture crunch has been around for ages when deadlines are near, and you need to turn in a project, so you start rushing and pulling out overtime to meet the deadline. In most work and even the school environment of some crunch, what is so harmful about crunch culture is that many people work on video games reporting abuse and poor management while working on a game. To quote Ben Gilbert from Business insider, “The issues with game development have come to a head in the past six months, with repeated reports of workplace issues, ranging from 100-hour workweeks to stress-induced leave.”
The first publishing known recording of this crunch culture in the video game industry was in 2004 when a wife of an electronic arts employee, also known as EA, sent a letter talking about her concerns about the company treating their employee. She says in an anonymous letter, “No one works in the game industry unless they love what they do. The love of my life comes home late at night complaining of a headache that will not go away and a chronically upset stomach, and my happy, supportive smile is running out.” Eventually, more letters started coming to EA about their horrible managing skills to the point it was leaked out to The gaming community, which led to multiple lawsuits filed against Electronic Arts and paying out 15.6 million in settlements, according to an article from GameSpot
But even though that happened almost 15 years ago, nothing much has changed because companies like a naughty dog, Epic Games, Rockstar Games, and of course Electronic Arts.
One of the most recent accusations of crunch culture comes from many current and ex-employees of a naughty dog talking about your experience working at naughty dog and talking about how their work environment is horrible. Naughty Dog is an award-winning developer with huge franchises like the uncharted series and The last of Us series that always deliver high-quality games. Still, it can be very disorganized and poorly handled when it comes to developing their games. Many employees work 12 or even more, hours sacrifice whole weekends when the studio goes into crunch mode to meet the deadline as one employee puts it in Jason Schreier’s article “They do try to take care of you, providing food, encouragement to go take breaks,” said one former developer. “But for the most part, the implication is: ‘Get the job done at all costs.” And the effects of that is very catastrophic because after the development of uncharted 4 around 14 out of 20 non-lead of the development team left naughty dog which is pretty much 70% of the team because of their Miss handling of management, which led to their latest game last of Us part two to being short-handed which required put a lot of Rush moments in development.
“Sometimes crunch might be necessary to meet an upcoming deadline, and in the industry like gaming/design, sometimes it’s unavoidable, but when it becomes a part of the culture and something that’s expected, it shows just how badly managed a project is.” by James Dallas,
Also, what also is a contributing factor to poor management, poor leadership, and not a solid idea of where things are heading because halfway through the development of uncharted 4, Amy Hennig, the writer, and director of the uncharted series, left the studio and left last of Us leads Neil Druckmann. Bruce Straley had to take over as directors, which led to a reboot of the project, and they had to go through a complete Rush job. To reach the deadline, as the article puts it, “Druckmann and Straley found themselves rewriting the script and making rapid decisions just to “feed the beast”—to keep all of those people working—and they had less than two years to finish the game.” this is also can be considered a contributive factor on why a lot of naughty dog employees leave since there was no real sense of direction when it came on to that game.
Ultimately one studio that suffered a huge consequence of not changing its bad management was telltale games. In September of 2018, CEO Pete Hawley announced that they would be closing their door due to poor management. According to Kotaku, many of the employees didn’t even know they would be let go because they were so busy rushing to finish their latest project at the time, Minecraft: Story Mode. To quote a developer “working until 3 AM the night before with no inkling that the studio was about to let them and over 200 other employees go,” it’s unfortunate to see them go since they are of award-winning company one of their big hits was The Walking Dead and won many awards including the game of the year in 2012. But one of the many aspects of why they’ve had crunch culture is because they were understaffed. Emily Grace Buck, a lead designer on several Telltale games, talks about her experience working on multiple titles and states, “It’s true we usually worked 50 plus hour weeks. Sometimes 70-80. Weekends were often expected,” she continues. “We were constantly ‘understaffed.’ Deadlines were ludicrously tight. Our schedules were so close we went from one crunch directly into another.”
There were many fans of telltale games. One of them is James Dallas, who lives in Brooklyn, and I wanted to get his viewpoint on crunch culture and how it generally affected him and what he said was pretty interesting.
Q: How do you feel about crunch culture?
A: CC, to me, is the problem that feels like it’s becoming more of an issue every year. It’s already disappointing that devs can be so burnt out and abused by the industry that leaves.
Q: Do you feel like crunch is necessary
A: Sometimes crunch might be necessary to meet an upcoming deadline, and in the industry like gaming/design, sometimes it’s unavoidable, but when it becomes apart of the culture and something that’s expected, it shows just how badly managed a project is.
Q: Is there any game you were looking forward to that you feel got hurt because of crunch
A: cyberpunk 2077, Even though those devs were put under crunch conditions, the game still out janky, and then afterward, they were put under crunch again to fix bugs
Q: What is another reason you feel crunch happens
A: I feel like crunch is also a symptom of hype in gaming, Trying to make promises you really can’t keep
Q: Since you’re a fan of telltale games, what do you think led to their ultimate downfall
A: I’m trying to apathetic to their closing down because they seemed to put their eggs into so many baskets, and their gameplay didn’t really evolve beyond the writing also; they had bad graphical and bugs.
Even BioWare a company that has been loved by millions has its fans up in the air of the future of the company after the events of anthems cancellation due to poor management and now the fan base trying to figure out what is the future of BioWare. One of Bioware loyal fans from subreddits was able to answer a few questions by the name of belvetinerabbit
Q. After the bad press, you think led to all the bad press they received over crunch culture?
A. The problem is EA. It is so focused on profit that it defines “quality games” as “ones that make a lot of money consistently” (aka safe bets). That’s why creativity and rich storytelling is put on the back burner (even for an RPG-focused co. like Bioware). They are forced to add in multiplayer or pay-for-play/in-game transaction BS, even though it really doesn’t fit their model.
Q. What do you think is the best course of action going forward or BioWare?
A. The key would be to get them out from under the EA umbrella…but yeah…that’s not happening. Gotta love a bunch of bro dudes who don’t play games (or only play looter shooters) dictating a major part of the RPG creative process, basically telling devs what they can and can’t do. So long new ideas and creative…
This much more that needs to be examined and explored but for the most part culture seems like it’s not getting any better and due to a lot of the consensus from not only developers but everyday gamer that the community has to do better but how to do better is still up in the air.
The Coronavirus as change our work condition for better or worst
By Jahi Seifert
Corona has changed our way of life. Not only has it made us way more conscious of our health but most importantly how it has affected people’s line of work and may change our way of working forever for better or worse.
Imagine you wake up at 6:00 in the morning, brush your teeth, take a shower and eat breakfast and then head out for work, but what if instead of heading to work, you’re getting on zoom or discord to talk to your boss about the latest assignment or what if you work in a restaurant that once allowed you to sit in now has to rely on delivery service to make income. This is the reality we live in now, and this might be the way of the future.
Before Coronavirus, it was the norm to go into work and work a 9 to 5:00 shift. Still, now we see a completely different work environment because most places have transferred their work to working at home, and it’s led to some interesting situations. Still, on the flip side, it affected different work environments differently and led to many struggles when it comes to finding and keeping a job. According to Heather Long, a writer from Washington Post mentions the fact that unemployment has been at an all-time high in the United States, ranging from 10.1 million to 20 million according to U.S bursar of Labor statistics which at the moment the time of this article it was 6.3 percent (as of March it is 6.2) which is a high number. Still, there are reasons to expect it might be more than just that due to misinformation. To quote Heidi Shierholz, a former chief economist at the Labor Department, “the unemployment numbers leave out so much…Right now for a host of reasons the unemployment numbers is just not capturing all the people that are feeling the corona shock” one of the reasons why the gap is so big is because most of how they collect the data are from surveys done from a household that is collected each month from the Census Bureau. However, due to the corona, it’s been tough to accurately tell how much unemployment really is—that why many people are considering it to be the next great depression.
Patrick McGeehan, a writer from The New York times, goes into even more detail on the reopening and losing millions of jobs. He makes mention of the fact that even though places are reopening. Places are learning to adapt, the number of the unemployment rate has been still high. He states that “The city is staggering toward reopening with some workers back at their desks or behind cash registers, and on Monday, it began a new phase, allowing personal-care services like nail salons and some outdoor recreation to resume. Even so, the city’s unemployment rate is hovering near 20 percent — a figure not seen since the Great Depression.”
“Working from home, no commuting time hence productivity up, you spend more time focused on the issue at hand most of the time working through lunch and into the night sometimes 10-11 at night.” by Lionel Sylvester
It really has shown the effects of everybody even those who originally thought they would have been fine are now in a serious situation such as Kelvin L. Rolling, a 48-year-old taxi dispatcher at the Kennedy international airport originally was there for 5 years and thought he’d be able to stay there for a long period of time, but due to a lot of cutbacks, he was laid off on June 2020. this is happening worldwide, such as restaurants and hotels expected to stay open even though the pandemic has now closed. John Fitzpatrick, an owner of two hotels in Manhattans, had to lay off most of his employees. Originally he had his staff on for a furlough, which is your work still at the company but receive no pay and cannot work. At first, around April, he could get payroll protection loans from the federal government for most of his employees but in June 2020 do to know tourism really coming to New York, he had to lay them off again. As stated in the article, “A second-generation hotel operator, Mr. Fitzpatrick has struggled to hold his business and his staff together. He started tearing up as he described how disappointed his late father would have been to learn that a business bearing the family name had shut down.
But it’s not on gloom and dooms for those who don’t have their job. They’re learning to transfer over to watching at home, and it seems like the future of it may be the right choice. In an article by Forbes, Kweilin Ellingrud talks about how workers adapt to covid and how this new change will affect the future. One of the big things she touches upon is the fact that now that everything is done remote working, there’s been less time to travel, which makes it easier to make it to work due to virtual meetings with apps like discord and zoom meetings helping people connect and stay on top of their work. Most importantly, she also talks about the likelihood of it continuing to quote her, “Remote work has seen theatrical change. We believe work from home will likely continue at significantly higher rates than before Covid-19. In surveys, 72% of executives say that their organizations have started adopting permanent remote-working models. Similarly, 70% of employees say that being able to work from home for at least part of the week is a top criterion in selecting their next job.” Besides, she also talks about the idea that automation may be on the rise when it comes on to indoor productions and Warehouse because social distance is something that is required but also just in case they have to replace anybody who’s sick, Automation would be a good way for work to continue without stopping production.
But seeing people adopt is one thing, but what about the people used to this sort of lifestyle? Lionel Sylvester is an IT guy from… And he’s pretty much was prepared for the pandemic after talking to him.
Q: you’ve always worked at home. What is it like?
A: It is extremely productive and can be good and bad. Contrary to most beliefs, you do work more hours working than people think. As you don’t have the interruption, you would have if you are in the office. I remember when I was in the office, I would get up for multiple coffee breaks. In the break room, you would chat with your colleagues, which would happen several times a day. Productivity down. Working from home, no commuting time hence productivity up, you spend more time focused on the issue at hand most of the time working through lunch and into the night sometimes 10-11 at night. With the pandemic where it is a concern and everybody has difficulty adjusting, I am a veteran.
Q: do you think working at home is the way of the future?
A: Yes, because not having to commute and most companies can save money on rental space.
Q: do you feel like there’s any issues anybody with face after the corona is over in terms of workplaces such as movie theaters and login to companies like yours
A: employees are now accustomed to working from home that they will be reluctant to return to the office for work if they don’t have to.. as a matter of fact during one of our office Town Halls recently it was discovered that a number of our colleagues are germaphobes and would much prefer working from home. Therefore the option was given to them to work from home permanently. As far as the Cinemas, I think they will take a hit but not a significant hit because of the popularity of streaming media like HBO +, Prime Video, and AppleTV. However, the Cinemas will bounce back as many fans still crave the Cinematic environment.
But that’s just one person’s viewpoint compared to a nurse like Carol Marilyn, who works at Lenox Hill Hospital. I have slightly different experience dealing with the coronavirus.
Q: what is it like dealing with patients now that corona happened?
A: The management is so demanding Dealing with the patients during the covid compounds the situation me. I feel sorry for some of the patients, but some with some patients, I have to remember I Need my job.
Q: Do you know how many at your hospital have come down with the corona?
A: We have had over a hundred staff member contract covid. We had over a thousand cases in our place alone.
Q: What was the hardest/sad moment at your job during the pandemic?
A: The hardest part of the pandemic was the unknown. There was no definitive way to treat the patients with medication. Seeing the patients on Respirators fighting to breathe. Watching patients die due to respiratory issues brought in by covid 19.today, they’re several medications that they can use to treat Covid. For some patients, It’s still a fight for life even though there’s more knowledge about covid and treatments/medications.
Q: do you think your job place is going to change forever? And in what way?
A: Yes, my job has already changed. We’re all more aware of the importance of handwashing, wearing a mask, especially since living through the pandemic. They even changed the mops that housekeeping use. They’re disposable mop bottoms. No more sending out to wash them. Certain areas we’re not allowed in unless we absolutely have to be there. The stinky people bathe more. They’re forced to have better hygiene.
Corona has taken a lot from people and is unsure if anybody will be able to recover. Still, for those who have kept their job, they’ve either learn to adapt, or they’re feeling the struggles of Corona, but one thing’s for sure is going to be a long time before things go back to normal or if ever but what the vaccine being more available things are looking brighter.