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Why Do We Give Away Our Work?

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  • True, it's more focused on the "seasoned" folks, but I think it speaks to the lack of available work in general. If the vets can't find work, what hope do newcomers have? In any case, I think it raises some incredibly important points that anyone in games journalism or aspiring to be in game journalism needs to see.

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  • Brad Hilderbrand:

    I think it speaks to the lack of available work in general. If the vets can't find work, what hope do newcomers have? In any case, I think it raises some incredibly important points that anyone in games journalism or aspiring to be in game journalism needs to see.

    The flip side to that tends to, in my observation, lie in favor of corporate outlets and newcomers. Why pay premium price for observations of a seasoned individual when you can, for the same price, obtain the observations of many? To add to that, newcomers submitting work for free based on the idea they might be snagged by a larger company are more likely to put in an equal level of hard work. It means that corporate outlets get decent work at no cost. Sure, the many observations are possibly less astute than the individual, but collectively they're just as valuable and not only have frame work for consistency but also give the ability to spread those observations across a wider horizon faster. It's a 'win' for corporate outlets on several levels.We live in a time where quantity out weighs quality - form over function has but its inverse on the wayside methinks.

    Another reason why people may give away their work is that their genuinely passionate about giving out their opinion. Case in point - I write Political Op-Ed pieces on Newsvine.com... I've a fairly strong standing and high levels of respect through that community, yet I do it not for fame or money, but because I enjoy it. In that sense, it's not giving things away for free, just giving it away for something intangible - personal satisfaction.

    CAUTION: Shawn's blog increases the risk of intelligence.

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