Class Reflection for Week 5:

July 23, 2008 at 2:33 pm 1 comment

It was interesting to learn more about Amazon’s services, especially about the internet’s workforce completed hits (Mturk).  I think that this new tool, for employers, can save a lot of money, as it is an easy way to get cheaper labor from workers overseas.  However, I think about the American workers. If, one day, more American employers use this venue to get the work they need done for less money, what would happen to the American workers? Would they be forced to charge less for their work in order to compete with overseas workers?  Would this new service from Amazon hurt the American workers in the long run?  I know that it will benefit many people from other countries, whom instead of risking their lives in trying to come to the United States, offer their work throughout this Mturk service; they will make the same amount of money without having to leave their families and countries…

This class made me also think about what “free” really means.  Does it mean available or does it mean no charge.  In regards to “free” as in no charge, I think that some artists just want to have their work shown even if they don’t get pay.  Some artists just want the immortality, others would like to be able to work on their art and get pay for it, in order to earn a living.  The same thing happens with consumers, some consumers are willing to pay for art and some are not.  In regards to “free”, as available for everyone, I don’t see why not.  As long as the consumers don’t make money out of this free art or without giving some credit to the artist, especially if the artist just wants to be recognized, I think it will be okay don’t you?

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  • 1. kegill  |  July 23, 2008 at 9:09 pm

    Hi, Rubi … one of the reasons I made the point about “piece work” was that it reflected labor conditions at the turn of the 20th century in America. Was (basically)) rendered obsolete by unions, minimum wage, etc. And here it comes ’round again.

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