Reflections Based on Readings

Photography, Cinema and Games

Basic photography involves a process of making pictures from objects by capturing their images. Technically, in this process, light patterns that a reflected or emitted by an object are recorded on a photosensitive medium, through a monitored period of exposure. This whole process utilizes electronic, mechanical and chemical devices all incorporated into one device called the camera. Temporary photography is about making this whole process temporarily so that the picture made or an image captured is not permanent. For this to be possible, the picture made has to be embedded with a self-destruct program. This practically takes photography technology to further levels whose justification can only be established by analyzing the purpose for which such are meant. Most of such technology is associated with social networking applications on smart phones. Such technology allows the communicators to share their photos with others yet temporarily since the shared photo self-destructs after a programmed period of time (Jurgenson, 2013). According to co-founders of such technology, temporary photography of this nature is meant to make social networking more human and natural. The point to note is that the recipient for whom a picture is taken has a limited time with the picture.

In relation to the fundamental purpose of photography technology, it is important to note that photography is an art form whose essentials can be used to show factual details. Use of photography to outline facts is much evidently witnessed in press photography. It can also be used for therapy purposes. Adding technology to photography advances the practice, art and profession. According to Wilson (2008), with the camera the fundamental purpose of photography is a reasonable image quality. With this as the main goal, photography technology solves the problems of ease, speed and simplicity at work. However, with temporary photography, the reasonable quality of image produced does not really matter since the picture is temporary. Nevertheless, the technology used has achieved ease, simplicity and speed in making these temporary pictures.

The other aspect of temporary photography is that on televisions after technology encouraged professionals in the industry to turn the television to information that relates to screen images. Screen images are a kind of temporary images or pictures as well. In this case, the television user has no control over the images broadcast to them but their perception of the same is of importance to the image transmitter. For this reason, in this context temporary photography takes into account the fundamental purpose of photography which is to produce reasonable quality pictures. Perhaps the unmentioned purpose of photography technology would be the impacts of having quality pictures. The perception of the target audience with regards to the art that a photographer produces depends on the quality of the pictures, images or photos used to communicate. The photography technology brings simplicity, ease and speed in the production of quality images yet in the field of temporary photography (Wilson, 2008).

Print and Journalism

In his discussion of interactive dimensions of journalism under technology and control, Smith (1977), talks of the media systems with reference to the pioneers media of information to the public. During the period around the English Civil War, there was not much freedom accorded to journalism and journalists. The journalists therefore, had very little control over what they would publish in newspapers. During this period the newspaper in England was put under strict supervision and scrutiny by the monarchical authorities. The royal family, thus, had a prerogative over the publication of the newspaper. These conditions did not only limit the journalists on newspaper publication but it also limited the number of licensed printers. This was a strategy of controlling publication of the whole medium of print. All of these were with focus on the newspaper. Smith (1977) therefore, refers to the pioneer development of journalism as the media system. Regardless of the limited powers and freedom of publication, the industry continued to grow with the newspaper as the main publication yet.

The media system does not only denote the transformation of the journalism industry but also depicts the different levels and material arrangements that the journalist has had to cope with. Resultantly, the journalist has had to develop lines of contact and device other kinds of news sources. Devising new sources of news for publication came with the obligation of acquiring new techniques for actual professional and competitive work performance. To this level, one can see the usage of the term media system as an identification of the basic dynamic tools that really define journalism. The printing technology has also impacted the standpoint that journalists take when communicating to their readers through the newspaper (Smith, 1977). Technological advancements have, consequently, changed the mode of newspaper publication in terms of content, style and taste.

Basically, a mention of the media system is done in reference to the newspaper since it is the formation of the newspaper that has really established the editorial control, management journalism and ownership aspects. In a broader sense, the media system depicts the newspaper as the only element of journalism that has indirectly recorded all of the transformations and developments that the industry has undergone. Such transformations have been seen in the way in which the journalists publish their reports or stories. Technique of research and new sourcing, style of reporting, mode of publication and target audience as well as organization in the newspaper all indicate changes and continued development in the industry (Smith, 1977).

Love, War & Work

The impacts of technology are inevitable and can only be justified by the factors that necessitate it. Technology has generally transformed the how humans live in so many ways. With a positive bias, technology has made our lives more expedient and well-organized. On the side of communication, it has made the exchange of information a lot easier and quicker in the form of social networking media and devices. The realm of technology is ever-changing and continues to fascinate the globe by how new technological advances help to shape the way people communicate with one another and hence how they work or conduct business. In the social context, technology in communication has expanded interpersonal interactions and people a better able to manage a greater number of friends and the communication. The basic concept is that due to technology, communication and information travels faster and the world seems smaller. This comes with seriously large implications at the work place. Consequently, instead of drawers, important work files are stored on a computer with ease of accessibility (Gregg, 2013).

In the business industry, technology has made business faster. The revolutionizing of the way we work can be generally attributed to personal computers and the internet. Memos, long phone calls and faxes have been replaced by the e-mail, which is relatively much faster and reliable. The internet connection like it is in smart phones allows an employer or employee to easily connect to a workplace network and quickly respond flawlessly when needed. Implementation of workflows and automated systems in offices has done away with the notorious institutional bureaucracy. For the employers, it reduces the number of human employees, hence, reduces cost of production. Still on the way we work, for the employers, technology has promoted collaborations. The internet has enabled people operating at different and distant geographical locations to discuss and strike deals, this results from use of conference calling, Skype and emailing.

It not only the work side but almost every aspect of life is affected by technology. According to Gregg (2013), people as so socially wired that almost anything can be ordered for and delivered at one’s doorstep. A lot of personal information is also availed in the internet for anyone who would like to know more about another. Technology gives the ability to get a hold of anyone, anywhere and at anytime. Subsequently, many relationships are maintained or rekindle due to continuous communications power that technology gives to users.

Technology continues to spur competition between stakeholders in terms of encouraging innovation. It has shifted the focus of production from bulk availing of goods and services to quality production of what is needed and what sells. Innovative production involves production of what has not been in the market before and producing it in a way that appeals to the consumer. It is this part that shows how the technology of yesterday is much more important than the other day’s technology. Consequently, at the workplace, technological collaboration becomes the future of desired success, employee or company competitiveness and innovativeness. Technological advancements make prices its products cheaper, the products make life easier and more efficient, hence and so technology should be embraced.


Gregg, M. (2013). Work’s Intimacy. New York: Wiley.

Jurgenson, N. (2013). Pics and it didn’t happen. The New Inquiry, 13(3).

Smith, A. (1997). Technology and Control: the Interactive Dimensions of Journalism. In Curran, J., Gurevitch, M. & Woollacott, J. (Eds.), Mass Communication and Society. (pp. 174-194). Open University Press.

Wilson, J. (2008). Participation TV: Videogame Archaeology and New Media Art. In Swalwell, M. & Wilson, J. (Eds.), The Pleasures of Computer Gaming (pp. 94-116). McFarland.