We started this project by looking at the industrial revolution, and what life was like before the industrial revolution, and life during the industrial revolution. We looked at the labor issues during this time, such as child labor, underpaying and unsafe working conditions. We then did an in class timed writing focusing on the labor issues of the past and how they affected today's workplace. After this we then started to focus more on today's workplace and issues. To do this we broke up into smaller groups and each picked a specific labor issue to focus on and heavily research and present on. After this we then chose from these labor topics and based on what other people chose we got into groups to make our podcast. My group chose automation and what we looked at was the past, present and future of automation. Below you will see some of the things I talked about so you can further understand the content learned throughout the project.
In Class Timed Writing
- Throughout this entire project, we rarely had any challenges that presented a major problem. We had a few minor challenges, such as me missing school for being sick, the collaboration feature of sound trap not functioning properly. It was a series of small challenges that we easily came up with solutions to. Luckily the sickness did not take my voice so I was able to use my phone to record my part of the conclusion and then email it to Jem. As far as the collaboration features not functioning we were lucky enough to have Jem accept the task of editing. The editing of our podcast was all done very well by Jem. Usually, I have a problem working in groups just because I mess around and don't get work done but this time my entire work was able to get everything done in a timely fashion and finish with a product we were all very proud of.
- If I was to go back and do this project again there are very few things that I would change. One thing I would change is I would start work on our script earlier because ours was very research intensive so our scripts weren't super creative and were mostly just us listing off facts and statements from articles. In between sections of our script, we had questions that would hopefully help the listeners to further understand our content but we definitely could have included more of this. This would have made our podcast sound more like a conversation rather than an informative talk. The last thing I would do is a little bit more editing, this is because in a few places the volume still varies and this makes it seem less professional. Besides these few small things, I'm still very proud of our final product.
- The greatest insight I gained about labor issues in America today at least in the realm of how automation will affect the world is that history tends to repeat itself. Each time we've made new innovations in production methods these jobs that were replaced by robots will be replaced by more new and potentially even better jobs. In the past when cars were put into mass production this invented a need for mechanics and factory workers and product managers and this also opened up the ability for people to travel further to work. And with this new wave of robots and autonomous factories, we will see another wave of new jobs that will potentially pay better. I believe that the fear behind the loss of jobs is unnecessary and while we may see some jobs disappear we just have to look into the future because we will see new jobs appear that we couldn't even imagine in today's age.
- Overall I am very proud of my podcast and all the production that went into creating it. Picking one thing I'm most proud of is a difficult task because there's so much to appreciate. But because I'm a very analytical person id have to say that I'm most proud of the content in our podcast. It's all from reliable sources and we try to keep our own personal opinions out of it so the listeners can know that the information they're getting is going to be accurate to the subject at hand. I'm most proud of all of this because I know that when I'm listening or reading that id like to know that the information I'm taking in is going to be accurate. My number one priority either when creating or taking in new content is to know that everything is going to be true.
- During this project, I definitely learned a lot of new content, in history and in present events. But this doesn't necessarily show growth. When I’m looking at how I actually grew while this project i’m looking at new skills I either gained or improved upon. For this project the main skill I focused on improving and learning was actually recording my voice so it sounded professional, just that feeling of only talking to the microphone was not something that I'm used to doing in a normal setting. As I recorded more and more I could hear my voice getting more confident and clearer. This really isn't a skill that you can focus on and work on anywhere else but if i’m ever on the radio or doing a online interview just the practice of speaking in a more formal setting will be a very useful skill to have.