The New Age: Knowledge Workers

Advancements in technology over the past century meant technological innovations and developments that brought us into a digital revolution. Although the new gadgets and the world wide web was formed and valued, the economy and its labour forces were generally never considered as something that would evolve also. (Well that’s what I personally thought). Thus, a new era identified by Peter Drucker in 1959 that establishes the idea of the knowledge worker and its economy is something quite astonishing and never really properly considered.

However, it definitely makes sense. Drucker was convinced that the 20th century would transition from industrial labour to knowledge workers as the main model of work due to the rise of faster information flows.

The prezi presentation below provides a deeper insight of what the term, ‘knowledge workers’ actually means and what this idea means for our society and the organisations within. It also provides an insight through Peter Drucker and includes approaches an organisation can do to acquire and prepare for the upcoming knowledge economy.

https://prezi.com/agdpkztdki0q/the-new-age/#

References:

Brinkley, I. (2006). Defining the Knowledge Economy. 1st ed. London: The Work Foundation, pp.3-5. http://www.theworkfoundation.com/assets/docs/publications/65_defining%20knowledge%20economy.pdf [19 Aug. 2015].

Druckerinstitute.com, (n.d.). Peter Drucker’s Life and Legacy | The Drucker Institute. http://www.druckerinstitute.com/peter-druckers-life-and-legacy/ [19 Aug. 2015].

Nwlink.com, (2015). Peter Drucker – The Knowledge Worker. http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/history_knowledge/drucker.html [19 Aug. 2015].

Wartzman, R. (2014). What Peter Drucker Knew About 2020. [online] Harvard Business Review. Available at: https://hbr.org/2014/10/what-peter-drucker-knew-about-2020/ [19 Aug. 2015].

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Anonymity on social media

Keyboard Warriors
Keyboard Warriors

‘Anonymous’ was introduced into the cyberspace from the beginning of the age of internet and social networks. The cyber libertarian tropes allowed freedom of information while ending the authority online and its regulations. It basically allows one the ability to anonymously post anything they wish on various mediums that are generally about their own opinions, confessions and, well anything and everything. Unfortunately, it also includes the harassment of individuals targeted by anonymous personas also known as ‘keyboard warriors’ that brings the bad values of anonymity that is one of the most destructive forces in society today, cyber-bullying.

Online anonymous apps such as ask.fm, whisper, Yik-Yak and even Tumblr have anonymous features that allow comments to be made secretly that could either positively express freedom or negatively impact on an individuals emotional state. Online anonymity provides a platform for slander and abusive posts that evidently can’t be fully controlled by the platforms. It gives people a way to get away with things without anybody knowing who did it.

Although some sites and apps have shut down or taken drastic measures in regulations towards anonymity on social media networks; anonymous personas will always be apparent in providing freedom of speech and information now and future.

References:

Caywell, C, Pros and Cons of Anonymous Social Media in LoveToKnow. http://socialnetworking.lovetoknow.com/about-social-networking/pros-cons-anonymous-social-media visited 17/8/15

Vingiano, A. 2014, This Tumblr User shows her Horrific Anonymous Messages In A Powerful Art Project in BuzzFeed. http://www.buzzfeed.com/alisonvingiano/this-tumblr-user-shows-her-horrific-anonymous-messages-in-a#.rjvGbVj27 visited 17/8/15

VS, J. 2015, Online Social Networks and Anonymity. Can it Blend? https://www.techinasia.com/talk/online-social-networks-anonymity-blend/ visited 17/8/15

DRAW MY LIFE W/ ALAN TURING

Famous for being a mathematician who built the first digital computer and is known as the father of modern computing, cryptographers and hackers, Alan Turing who popped up during a lecture about the global nervous system is the basis of my video. It was intriguing being told that he was gay and even more so, that he was public about it during his life, which back then, was considered to be illegal. Thus, Alan Turing is the topic of discussion for this weeks blog post and his biography and how he became such an important icon today is presented in my video, draw my  his life.

References:

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http://c0.thejournal.ie/media/2013/12/early-computers-2-390×285.jpg [Accessed 16 Aug. 2015].

BBC Timelines, Alan Turing: Creator of modern computing. http://www.bbc.co.uk/timelines/z8bgr82#z3pnsbk [Accessed 16 Aug. 2015].

Biography.com, http://www.biography.com/people/alan-turing-9512017#homosexuality-conviction-and-death [Accessed 16 Aug. 2015].

Encyclopedia Britannica. Alan Turing | British mathematician and logician. http://www.britannica.com/biography/Alan-Turing [Accessed 16 Aug. 2015].

http://rutherfordjournal.org/images/TAHC_Bombe.jpg. [image].

 Turing Biographer On The True Story Of Genius’s Tragic Death. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/01/alan-turing-biographer-genius-death_n_6205838.html [Accessed 16 Aug. 2015].

 Alan Turing – a short biography. http://www.turing.org.uk/publications/dnb.html [Accessed 16 Aug. 2015].

Www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk, Turing biography. http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/Biographies/Turing.html [Accessed 16 Aug. 2015].