Journalism studies scholars:
Do you have any recommended articles examining how journalists cover technology? Not how journalists *use* technology, but about the "technology beat"?
ooh, found this:
"Keeping Up with the Technologies: Distressed Journalistic Labor in the Pursuit of “Shiny” Technologies"
this one is more like what I'm looking for:
Balancing Product Reviews, Traffic Targets, and Industry Criticism: UK Technology Journalism in Practice
@robertwgehl doesn't that look like an article about how journalists *use* technology?
"Journalists were most motivated to learn new technologies to improve their employability; yet, they found it hard to keep up. Journalists also believed traditional skills, such as writing and interviewing, were more important to their jobs than digital technology skills."
@artificialphilosopher yep! I saw the title and said "YEAH" and I read the abstract and said "ugh, more of the same."
[The article does look good, though]
so back to square 1
@robertwgehl Does the work that examines how journalism was used to hype particular technology narratives also interest you? https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/24701475.2021.1943994
@robertwgehl In that case the work of Fred Turner 'Where the counterculture met the new economy: The WELL and the origins of virtual community' and also 'From Counterculture to Cyberculture' document a lot of that. Then I don't have anything specific at hand but I can imagine looking more at scholarship around Wired magazine for example would be useful as well.
This came out the other day: https://components.one/posts/the-new-pornographers-tech-reviews
"This report argues that consumer technology reviewers have failed their basic nominal purpose of critiquing tools. Instead, inspired by values introduced by Apple in the late 1990s, the tech review industry prioritizes aesthetic lust as the primary critical factor for evaluating objects. The reification of these values in their scoring system is transmitted to consumers and manufacturers alike. Like other prurient things, the objects designed within this paradigm are optimized not for usefulness but for photogenic and telegenic properties, a framework that finds its fullest realization in YouTube reviews and unboxing videos. There, even the intimation of critical rigor within tech reviewing vanishes, the smartphone becomes the center of gravity, and manufacturers are even further incentivized to design products for end consumers who are less users than viewers."
this pattern of exploiting base human reactions in product design is not digital tech only: an example at hand is car design. over time it has degenerated towards oversized, scary looking monstrosities, pressumably because that sense of dominating the road is a key emotional button to press...
The people who had technical chops and who could write were replaced by English majors who don’t know how anything works. Since they don’t know the technical side, and don’t have a drive to understand it, they fall back to superficial details. The same way mainstream consumers do.
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