For The Media Show’s current season, we are answering questions that people ask Google about the media and technology. We’ve been finding these through search autocompletes — we start typing something like “Why does TV…” and let Google tell us how a lot of people finish that sentence.
One question we found people asking is “Where do computer programmers work?” And we want your help answering this one! Because the best way to explain this is to show it.
And we want to show as many kinds of people as we can programming. People of color. Queer and trans folks; men and women. Older and younger folks. People with disabilities. People with tiny kids running around them while they code. People at urban cafes, and people in rural areas. Non-traditional workspaces, and unusual applications of programming.
Here’s what we want you to do:
1. Make an extremely short snippet of video (no more than 15 seconds tops) showing you, as a programmer, and where you work.
a. Say your name, a sentence about what you code, and “I work here, in (your location).” (And mention where you’re from originally, if you’d like.)
I. Is your first language something other than English? Great! Go ahead and say this in your language if you’d like!
b. Give us a nice view of your workspace as well as you. Is it a cafe? A school? Your kitchen? Outdoors? An office full of cubicles? A hackerspace? It’s all good. We’d love to see your office dog, the toys on your desk, your picture of your grandma who was also a coder, etc.
c. We’d also be happy to see your coworkers! (Obviously, get their permission ;))
e. Try not to have any music in the background — and certainly don’t add any music or special effects. This will make editing easier.
f. Lighting should be good enough that we can see your face and the space around you.
2. Upload the video to YouTube.
a. You can set it as “unlisted” if you don’t want other people to see it — just don’t set it to private, or we won’t be able to grab it!
3. Email the YouTube link to themediashow at gmail sometime before December 18th, 2014.
Thanks so much, everyone! We’re looking forward to seeing where you code!
(If you’re new to The Media Show, here’s an episode we did with Mitch Altman, explaining what it means to be “a hacker.”)