A new kind of human specie called ‘Camera Man’.


     Since 2009, Apple introduced the first iPhone, camera have been perceived as an essential part of every smart phone. None smart phone has been sold without camera. It has transformed digital environment all around the world. Sharing has been enhanced. As we all know that only one picture can tell the whole story. People share their experience by taking a picture, or video, and upload it on their social media sites which is easier than writing one paragraph story. Typically people tend to share content related to their daily basis, well decorated lunch or impressive gift for instance. However some people seem to be addicted to this activity. Despite the situation needs their participation in term of help, car accident or  bullying for instance, they still consider taking a picture or video as the first priority.

     The term of the word ‘Camera man’ in this post is different from the term of the word ‘Camera man’ that we usually use to explain a person who responsible for taking pictures or videos in the media industry. ‘Camera man’ in this post defines an individual who does not work as professional journalism but like to produce contents even in inappropriate situation. For example In a situation of car accident, this kind of people prefer to produce contents than help.

     An existence of ‘Camera man’ is a byproduct of combination between digital camera and smartphone. It has been enhanced by  User generated content phenomenon, Culture of sharing and Social support.

     Digital cameras enhances people to gain power on digital environment. It has been accessible for them to express their opinion and attitude. As mentioned by Niroshan(2009), Technology is one essential factors enhance users to generate their own contents. Developing in consumer electronic goods, digital cameras and high-speed internet for instance, converges our life and digital in term of accessibility. 50 years ago, create and publish contents were responsibility for professional journalists. However, since consumer electronic devices were developed, consumers have occupied the power back. Monopoly power in media environment has been gradually destroyed, anyone with digital camera can produce contents.

     Combining between digital camera and mobile encourage sharing culture. Previously, the bridge connecting between producing and sharing content was rugged. People can easily create contents by using digital cameras. However, the process of sharing contents was not convenient like today, despite the fact that social media has been exited. Contents have to be transferred to computer then shared on social media. Combining between mobile phone and camera, to be smart phone, enhance sharing culture. While creating contents and sharing are one, ‘Camera man’ is born.

     In addition, supporting from digital population encourages ‘Camera man’.  Many people consume and support this contents as an entertainment. Providing a good feed back toward contents  means supporting.

      However, it’s difficult to judge that being ‘Camera man’ is good or bad. Some people may say that taking video or picture doesn’t make situations get better, participating and helping are useful. On the other hands, Some people may argue that ‘Camera man’ can fulfil tasks those professional journalists can’t do, many situations occur in the place and time that journalists can’t reach.


Smartphone, more flexible life.


     10 years ago was a golden age of feature phone, which refer to a mobile phone that has limited abilities. According to definition, feature phone is a mobile phone with abilities for voice calling, text messaging , multimedia playing and internet surfing. At that time, several scholars mentioned its meaning toward social culture in various way. As a tool that can connect individuals together, as a tool that can obscure the boundaries of time and place for instance. However, after the first iPhone has been introduced since 2007 by Apple. The definition of mobile phone, which is currently called smartphone, toward social culture is developed.


Feature phone definition : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feature_phone

Due to the definition, smartphone is an advance mobile phone which is including computer features. Considering feature of smartphone now a day, it has been developed far away from its ancestors. It can respond to various tasks, by installing applications, as users require it to do. Furthermore, it can roughly learn how its users behave and analyse data which has been collected from user, in order to provide the most suitable solution for users. Smartphones can perform as small size computer which flexibility for users.

Smartphone definition : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smartphone

As mentioned before that applications can support smartphone to perform in many tasks, working flexibility is enhanced. Some applications function as managing working document, create, edit and review for instance. These allow individuals to have portable workplace, which have been strict to unmovable desk for long time. This can be inferred that working routine would not range from 8 am to 5 pm anymore. People can answer emails, contact their clients while they are waiting for a coffee. Anytime and anywhere can be workplace.

On the other hand, this benefit is also turned to be challenge. In the time people are not strict with working routine, their working routine are expected to be 24 hrs 7 days instead. Although they get an email form clients during their weekend, they are expected to respond immediately or as soon as possible. This can be inferred that work life balance is changed, working and leisure are blended together. The smartphone which is utilised in this way is defined as OHS(Office-Home smartphone), smartphone devices that can be used for work purposes but also for personal purposes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


     According to the research, it indicates that OHS which is provide flexibility and efficiency for working can increase work overload, by the reason of flexibility. Research respondents mention that OHS allows them to do their work anywhere and anytime which result in effectively working, but it means they are able to be assigned more work. Further more, it also affects work-life balance which results in increasing of stress.

A New Open Door: The Smartphone’s Impact on Work-to-Life Conflict, Stress, and Resistance. (http://bit.ly/ZrxT0o)

    Not just only flexible workplace that smartphones can provide, which turns to be negative effect for users, smartphone also provide flexible entertainment. As we all know that smartphone technology has been productively developed for several years. Many entertainment features are included in palm hand size devices, music, movie and game for instance. Users can access to all these entertainment any time and any where they want. However, it can be argued that feature phones have an entertainment function as well. Considering many smartphones would show that entertainment functions in smartphone go beyond feature phone so far. Due to the reason of developed hardware and software which support smartphone to perform.

     In conclusion, we can see that smartphone can enhance flexibility which go further than feature phone have done. It allows individuals to do many things which, in past, they have had to sit in particular place and do. We can read some news, even we are walking to a classroom. We can watch a movie, even we are waiting for a bus.