As much as I love tech and blogging, I recently had a conversation with my lecturer wondering where I could go as a new media journalist and actually use all my skills and follow my interests.
So often digital journalism relates to IT-related topics or tech watch. But why do I, someone who loves tech and gaming, not want to commit myself to writing about these?
The problem is accessibility.
In my 'A noob's view' blogs, I often post reviews of games and my experiences with tech and Internet culture.
But when it comes to reviewing the latest tablets or phones, I simply have no interest. Why? After all, this blog is a class project based on the theme of 'tech watch'.
Even as a middle-class South African, I still can't afford these things. Granted, I am still a student so I don't have much of an income. But if it wasn't for my phone contract under my father's name, I wouldn't even be able to afford my HTC Wildfire which, for a smartphone, is relatively cheap.
And if I find it hard to relate to these reviews, what about the majority of South Africans? I am part of the priviledged minority, and yet this technology is still unaffordable.
When I go to China, locally-produced tech costs nothing in comparison. And international brands such as Canon or Apple cost up to R1000 or R2000 less.
Sure, these things are made in China, but then why is technology still cheaper in England and Europe?
I've been hearing about the Galaxy S3, the new iPad, the latest in gaming equipment and other things which pose as revolutionary technology - but since it's both unaffordable and not really that much of an advance in tech, I simply couldn't even care to click on the links which are inundated with advertorials.
Sure, I'll never afford a ticket on Tokyo's space elevator, but that's sufficiently futuristic and out of this world that it interests me any way.
And a mechanical exoskeleton? I'm more likely to ride the space elevator than being able to buy one of those. But it's a freaking exoskeleton which really makes a step towards developing more technology for the disabled.
As the subheading says, to conclude, what would make me (and probably many others) interested in these releases is if firstly, their prices became more reasonable. It's no secret that we pay for a brand or for executive holidays and not for the quality of the technology. It has been Apple's business model for years.
Secondly, instead of being flooded with the same technology with minor changes and huge cost rises, work more towards creating products which actually do make real advancements and innovations in their technology. And I'm not just talking about making it HD or giving it a new cover (hint hint nudge nudge Apple).