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Say you're a professional journalist, one who makes her living by writing stories and taking notes. That's what you do, using your fingers to type all day, using your computer to do research, popping back and forth between screens full of interview notes, web research and the story that you have underway.

Say your company gives you an iPad that you didn't ask for. Say the iPad doesn't easily allow you to switch screens, not unless you can find and use a clunky app. Say it doesn't easily connect to the editorial copy system that your company uses. Say that the keyboard options you have for the iPad are a small rubberized one that your company issued to you, or the electronic one that appears on the screen, shrinking the available screen size even more.

Then say your company issues an edict that you have to return the Macbook laptop it issued you several years ago, which has a keyboard large enough to do regular typing, and a screen and operating system that provides for multiple screens, ease of connectivity to the editorial copy system, etc. etc., yada-yada.

Say company honchos tell you that from now on you have to do all your writing on the iPad. That's not "in an emergency while on the road." That's not "an occasional story." That's forever. No actual computer, like the big kids have. 



Poll #13334 A Measured Response to Journalistic iPad Mandates
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 16


After a minute's thought

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No.
3 (18.8%)

No, really. No
6 (37.5%)

Are you kidding?
6 (37.5%)

Hell, no!
7 (43.8%)

Here's your iPad back.
11 (68.8%)

After further deliberations

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No.
5 (33.3%)

Still no.
8 (53.3%)

It's not happening.
7 (46.7%)

I've filed a grievance.
9 (60.0%)

You, sir, are an idiot.
11 (73.3%)

Date: Wednesday, 1 May 2013 04:59 pm (UTC)
mishalak: A fantasy version of myself drawn by Sue Mason (Nice)
From: [personal profile] mishalak
I have had similar situations on moving to a computerized system at my job where they do not provide an internet connection so I have to seek one out by going to work early at locations that do have one. It has resulted in a fair amount of overtime for me and that is both good and bad. Good in more money, bad in less time for me. But I have to assume they only way they will respond is by seeing the increased cost so I try not to be a 'good' worker by trying to cover for their problem by doing it on breaks or something equally self defeating.

Perhaps you could get them to recognize the problem by doing a words per-minute test on one device and then the other so you could fire back at them with some statistics about how much less productive you will be using the iPad?

Date: Wednesday, 1 May 2013 10:15 pm (UTC)
bibliofile: Fan & papers in a stack (from my own photo) (Default)
From: [personal profile] bibliofile
Oh good grief. So much for enquiring about the "reasoning" behind the move.

Why oh why can't people ASK what tools are needed?!?!

Date: Thursday, 2 May 2013 02:46 am (UTC)
kerravonsen: Avon: I see stupid people (I-see-stupid-people)
From: [personal profile] kerravonsen
a blind belief that the latest Apple product must be purchased and used regardless of its suitability to a task
So why can't he buy you all a MacBook Air instead? 8-P

Date: Thursday, 2 May 2013 03:22 am (UTC)
mishalak: Mishalak outside in the snow with scarf. (Snow)
From: [personal profile] mishalak
Well... Outlast, outmaneuver, or out of there? That is my three part idea on how to survive any sort of work related foolishness. Either I do nothing and try to outlast the latest idiocy (so far I have outlasted three different supervisors), outmaneuver when I actually care about work getting done, or when that fails I start job hunting... I wish that last one had worked out better for me. I would really rather have a different job but I doubt I ever will.

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