Convergence

When I watch The Office, I automatically login to my Netflix account. Convergence can easily be seen in this trans media series of combining Netflix, an online access to watching movies and tv series, with a popular TV show called The Office. Because Netflix relies on the internet connection to work and a database full of movies and shows, it can be considered a convergence for the shows that it plays. When watching The Office, I am able to scroll through 8 or 9 seasons of the show through Netflix, and pick whatever episode sound interesting to me. Also, through Netflix, people can interact with the website to rate the show on a 1-5 star base and comment, and now it even tells you on a 1-100% scale if Netflix thinks you would find interest in watching The Office and others based on your previously watched and rated shows.

Cyborg and “Homework Economy”

The writers, directors, actors, and costume makers all experience being a cyborg in the sense that there is a blurring between the human and machine. In order for the writer to make the script, they were required to use the technology of a computer to type out what they wanted the series to be about in The Office. Actors are also considered cyborgs in that they require the use of a setting that is produced by a machine to be filmed. The cameramen use cameras to capture scenes for the TV show and costume designers use technology to order costumes or even use machines to make costumes for the actors to wear. The definition of the “Homework Economy” is that digital technology has feminized our lives in ways that devalue our work, encourage that we work 24/7 and make us easily replaceable. B.J. Novak is the producer of The Office, but he is also a popular character, Ryan, in the show as well. With the concept of “Homework Economy” its as if Novak has fallen under the pressure that one must work continuously because he plays two major roles in this particular TV series.

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