The new way to quit…and what happens after

The web2.0 world – where responses sometimes gets just as much attention, or sometimes more then the original  video/article/post themselves!

So, the long and short of it, a woman working for a media company makes a rather entertaining video about her long working hours and her dislike towards her job in order to quit.
It’s gone viral, everyone loves it….power-to-the-people kind of stuff…
…and very good PR…

A facebook friend of mine posted the link,

Show Gen Y viral videos, they’ll spend company time watching them. Teach Gen Y to make viral videos, they’ll publicly shame you on YouTube.#modernwisdom

Parodies have popped up everywhere –


 

But then, what I find even more amusing is the response from her colleagues and boss:

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Sharing is Caring

In dipping my toes into tertiary education I have gained a great deal of knowledge around using different programs and working collaboratively with others.

Google Docs is something I really only discovered about half way through the year and it would have to be one of the most useful things I have found whilst at university. It enables documents, spreadsheets, images and more to be uploaded, edited and shared via Google Drive, and all that is needed is a Google account – who doesn’t have one of them these days…

It makes group work easy, and more importantly it means that it doesn’t matter that every now and then I can’t be bothered lugging my laptop to uni – I can just work from my Google Drive.

(What about a USB a hear you ask? A USB, I had one of those, a while ago … think it’s in my room somewhere now…)

In using Google Docs to edit the Media Students Charter I was able to gain inspiration from the work of others, and come up with some edits that I feel make the responsibilities clearer, more personal yet it still remains a formal document. I think that it is important for students to be reminded that, in most instances, they are paying  for their education – so it is really well and truly worth putting in the time to attend lectures and tutes, actively engage with the materials and make the most of the three years.
I have also added in a suggestion about working professionally and collaboratively as I feel these are specifically relevant to the nature of the media degree. I believe it is important to seek out the best from those you work with and remember that one day you may even be asking them for a job.

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One major problem with shared documents, just like the shared media server that all can use in the Editing Suites – all can use it, all can modify, and, if someone was to bear a grudge, they could easily delete it all

Boy makes Software in College dorm … Boy becomes multi-millionaire

In Episode 4 of Download: The True Story of the Internet John Heilemann suggest that what we, as humans want more then anything else in this day and age is to communicate. I agree with this, but only to a certain degree. Whilst it is true that communication is integral in a successful, happy and fulfilled life, I (establishing my truly anti-internet standpoint) believe that face-to-face communication will be forever of more value then any communication that goes on over the internet. Now, I’m not 100% anti-internet – I am studying media and I am blogging about it – the information we have access to and the way in which we can connect with people across the globe is phenomenal, I simply feel that it cannot replace a face-to-face conversation.

The developments throughout the late nineties and noughties have been astounding. Heilemann outlines the way the average joe can take out the big companies, now,

“the world is changing the web.”

The collaborative nature has seen the rise (and fall) of sites such as Napster, Digg, and Craigslist which essentially undermine the big media moguls and their way of buying up big to control what is out there. They have opened doors to new arguments around internet ethics, intellectual property, the cost of content and who decides what we should be reading, and therefore, thinking about. But the battle continues to forever rage on between the little man and the media mogul.

One clear example was Rupert Murdoch buying out Myspace in 2005 for $580million. This grab for power has been reported as “huge mistake”. It is ironic that Murdoch himself labels it mismanagement “in every possible way” that was inflicted by the big time corporation to a platform that now functions mainly as a launch pad for (small time) music artists (see Matt Lynley’s article in Business Insider, October 21, 2011). One of the original founders, Chris DeWolfe described it as a look into someone’s bedroom or apartment, giving you a “real insight into someone that you wouldn’t ordinarily have” –  somewhat creepy if you ask me. But of course it has its place in the social networking revolution. It was created by college students, just like the majority of successful social networks and web platforms that we have come to know today.

Myspace was sold last year (2011) for $35million, a small fraction of the original cost, to Specific Media and Justin Timberlake. It is now being rebuilt, and I reckon it looks kind of cool. Much more sophisticated then the old days of backgrounds-of-hot-boiz-wishing-you-were-in-that-girl’s-top-friends.
Take a look at the preview video, looking like a mix between Facebook, and Pinterest… with music, I think I’ll be requesting an invite.