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Invasion of the Ear Snatchers – Blog 3

Invasion of the Ear Snatchers – Blog 3

(562 Words)

Over the last several years, I have witnessed several micro trends in the podcast communities that I frequent. These include mainly the advancement and accessibility of the technology necessary to make a podcast. The reliability of the technology has played a huge roll in whether podcasters were willing to work on the road. Several of the hosts of IronRadio for instance, either have guest calls/Skype-ins or record the show while on the road. I remember some of the earlier shows being a real shot in the dark when hosts were conferencing while on the road. Well, the future is now; we have the technology. 

Hardware aside, the Casters are all looking for more and more ways to track their analytics and connect with their viewers. The before mentioned Ironradio had long since used email and Facebook, but many of the younger generation are asking viewers to connect through LinkedIn (OilField Basics), Instagram, or even Twitter (IQ2US). Even some big name players are recording the video of themselves making the podcast and uploading it to YouTube where the same material has a chance to be monetized, often a second time (JoeRogan Experience).

Those are just what I call the micro trends I’ve personally been noticing. On a larger scale however I was unaware of the more impressive macro-trends surrounding the Podcast community; the Digital News Report 2019 did a recent survey of 75,000 people it was revealed that over half of people under 35 listen to at least one podcast a month, even going so far as to refer to this group as a “plugged-in smart phone generation” (Fletcher et al., 2019). 

As you can infer from the above graph, there is a surprisingly large number of people relying on podcasts for, presumably as I do, news and entertainment. There is understandably a plethora of reasons why Millennials and Zoomers are turning their backs to the MainStream Media and instead embracing alternative media sources like podcasts. A few of these reasons were touched on in the Digital News Report 2019, explaining that “no matter how good reporting may be, if people do not salute it, it is unlikely to have a significant impact on public opinion and knowledge” (Fletcher et al., 2019).  The following data from the report helped explain the reasoning behind leaving traditional media behind.

Pay special attention to the mere 16% of people that the Reuters Institute found were agreeing that the media uses the right tone; another paltry 29% felt the topics covered were relevant to them (Fletcher et al., 2019). 

It is my strong belief that these statistics show how the chichi reporting of mainstream media has caused people to reach into the cornucopia of podcasts for seemingly custom tailored news reporting. Reporting no less on topics they are interested in and conveyed in a tone people both enjoy and relate to.


Podcasts are by and large a positive ‘personal’ experience for most people; however, there may be some downsides to the masses of the under 35  crowd diving into the realm of podcasts, but that’s for another blog. 

And here’s my name to say so.

D.A. Mills 

References

Fletcher, R., Kalogeropoulos, A., Newman, N. (2019). Digital News Report 2019. Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism, 49-61. Retrieved from

https://reutersinstitute.politics.ox.ac.uk/sites/default/files/2019-06/DNR_2019_FINAL_0.pdf

A Deep Look at the Discourse Community of Drilling 

A Deep Look at the Discourse Community of Drilling

(913 Words)

Author’s Note:

Below is an informal report using a memo format written for the Communications 202 course at Fleming College. We are analysing discourse communities that are related to our program of study. Analysis is done under the presumption that we are already active members of this discourse community and the community is assessed according to the requirements laid out by John Swales. As a 2nd semester student in the Resource Drilling Technician program, I’ve written about the drilling community at large.

To:   Comm 202 
From: D.A. Mills 
Date: February 09, 2020 
Re:   Discourse Community Analysis of Drillers 


Introduction

In 2019 I took the first tentative step to enter the drilling community by enrolling in the Resource Drilling Technician program at Fleming College. This report should serve to help newcomers to the drilling discourse community. Topics will include the community’s history, lexicon, methods of communication and more. Using John Swales’ Six Characteristics of Discourse (COMM202, 2020) to examine the community and research to provide examples of specific Drilling Discourse communities, newcomers will gain knowledge and insight about the community. I will conclude with several recommendations on how to join the drilling community. 

Background

Because of drilling’s long history and application around the globe, over time drilling has developed several particular communities which focus on individual aspects which allow the professionals to work, learn, and communicate.

The professionals working in the drilling community typically have duties involving one or more of the 4 main branches of drilling. These are Environmental Drilling, Geotechnical Drilling, Resource Drilling and Water-well Drilling. Geotechnical Drilling: done before any construction occurs to obtain information about soil conditions and ensure the safety and stability of buildings and tunnels (GEOL16, 2020). Environmental Drilling: Used both before and after there are any environmental concerns. This type of drilling is “performed when soil or groundwater samples are required in order to assess an area for contamination, or when groundwater monitoring wells or remediation wells are required for the treatment of groundwater” (Hinterland Drilling, 2020). Resource Drilling: Done to obtain any resources of economic value, such as metals or oil. Water-well Drilling: Used to gain access to groundwater sources anytime there is a need for potable water. A form of drilling known as Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) is also commonly used in resource drilling, geotechnical drilling and the installation of utilities. It is due to this diversity of work and the promise of high pay that drew me into the drilling community. 

In the drilling community, experience and results trump any paper credentials. So while formal education is more of an asset rather than a requirement, it is certainly held in high regard. A great example of formal education would be Fleming College’s Resource Drilling Technician diploma program (Fleming College, 2020). They also detail several auxiliary courses seen as valuable within the drilling community. Those courses include Transportation of Dangerous Goods, First Aid, Working at Heights, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, H2S and a DZ License.

Research and Analysis 

Over time, drillers in all areas have gained a reputation for working in all manner of severe weather and unsafe conditions, working long hours and being copiously productive with their labour. A lesser known trait of high importance among drillers is the ability to communicate effectively. Safety being chief among a drillers concerns, the Australian Drilling Industry Training Committee (ADITC, 2015) specially emphasises drillers “must be able to communicate effectively with geologists, engineers, consultants, landholders, and all others involved in a drilling project, so that it can be completed in the most efficient and economical manner”. 

John Swales: Six Characteristics of Discourse Communities
Art by D.A. Mills
Art of John Swales’ Six Characteristics of Discourse Communities: D.A. Mills

In John Swales: Six Characteristics of Discourse Communities (COMM202, 2020), John Swales lays out the required characteristics for a discourse community to proliferate and function. All 6 of these characteristics can be seen within the drilling community. There is a broadly agreed set of common public goals, mechanisms of intercommunication among their members, participatory mechanisms to provide information and an acquired specific lexis.

All drillers share the common goal of providing efficient service while maintaining safety. We wear regulated Personal Protective Equipment. These include, CSA approved hard hats, safety glasses, boots and High Visibility clothing. 

In the drilling industry we have several mechanisms of intercommunication among ourselves. Some of these also provide ample opportunity to participate in the exchange of information and receive feedback. These include daily reports in the form of drill logs and hand signals when on the job site. Additionally due to the ever evolving industry around drilling, many drillers join groups on social media like the Geotechnical Environmental Drilling Group (2019). In these groups drillers can troubleshoot problems with each other or just discuss our day to day operations. 

Drillers have a vast lexis which is used on a daily basis. This will include everything from specific geological vocabulary, abbreviations for tools and parts of drill rigs and some rather colourful jargon to describe different aspects of the job. 

Conclusions and Recommendations

Drilling is a serious business and likewise the drilling discourse community can be very professional at times. Due to the rough nature of the work, the community can also be downright crass at times. Whether it’s the professional side or the grittier side, newcomers can rest assured knowing that the drilling community is very welcoming and sharing. For those newcomers looking to get involved, I’ll offer a few great first steps. 

  • Apply! There are a lot of entry level positions open in the  drilling industry and getting involved with the work itself is a wonderful first step. 
  • Learn! For the more academic minded, enrolling in a course like Fleming College’s Resources Drilling Technician diploma not only opens a lot of doors but teaches a plethora of important knowledge.
  • Join and participate in a chat group like the Geotechnical Environmental Drilling Group on Facebook.

As you can see, there is no shortage of ways to enter the discourse, I find it to be a very positive and welcoming community. I wholly encourage you to take that first step and come on in.

And here’s my name to say so.

D.A. Mills

References

Australian Drilling Industry Training Committee. (2015). The Drilling

Manual (Fifth Edition). Australia: CRC Press

Fleming College. (2020). Resources Drilling Technician (Optional Co-op).

Retrieved from https://flemingcollege.ca/programs/resources-

drilling-technician

Geotechnical Environmental Drilling Group [Facebook page]. (2019).

Retrieved January 28, 2020, from 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/395066454388761/

GEOL16. (2020). Resources Drilling & Blasting Week #1: Introduction to 

Geotechnical Drilling [PowerPoint presentation]. Retrieved from

Fleming College myCampus Portal.

Hinterland Drilling. (2020). Environmental Drilling. Retrieved from 

https://www.hinterlanddrilling.com.au/blog/what-is-environmental-

digging

COMM202. (2020). John Swales: Six Characteristics of Discourse

Communities [Desire2Learn link]. Retrieved from Fleming College

myCampus Portal.

DCA 2nd Draft

DCA 2nd Draft 

(900 Words)

Author’s Note:

Below is an informal report using a memo format written for the Communications 202 course at Fleming College. We are analysing discourse communities that are related to our program of study. Analysis is done under the presumption that we are already active members of this discourse community and the community is assessed according to the requirements laid out by John Swales. As a 2nd semester student in the Resource Drilling Technician program, I’ve written about the drilling community at large.

To: Comm 202

From: D.A. Mills

Date: 22 Jan 20

Re: Discourse Community Analysis of Drillers

Introduction

In 2019 I took the first tentative step to enter the drilling community by enrolling in the Resource Drilling Technician program at Fleming College. This report should serve to help newcomers to the drilling discourse community. Topics will include the community’s history, lexicon, methods of communication and more. Using John Swales’ Six Characteristics of Discourse (COMM202, 2020) to examine the community and research to provide examples of specific Drilling Discourse communities, newcomers will gain knowledge and insight about the community. I will conclude with several recommendations on how to join the drilling community. 

Background

Because of drilling’s long history and application around the globe, over time drilling has developed several particular communities which focus on individual aspects which allow the professionals to work, learn, and communicate.

The professionals working in the drilling community typically have duties involving one or more of the 4 main branches of drilling. These are Environmental Drilling, Geotechnical Drilling, Resource Drilling, and Water-well Drilling. Geotechnical Drilling: done before any construction occurs to obtain information about soil conditions and ensure the safety and stability of buildings and tunnels (Harvey, 2020). Environmental Drilling: Used both before and after there are any environmental concerns. This type of drilling is “performed when soil or groundwater samples are required in order to assess an area for contamination, or when groundwater monitoring wells or remediation wells are required for the treatment of groundwater” (Hinterland Drilling, 2020). Resource Drilling: Done to obtain any resources of economic value, such as metals or oil. Water-well Drilling: Used to gain access to groundwater sources anytime there is a need for potable water. A form of drilling known as Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) is also commonly used in resource drilling, geotechnical drilling and the installation of utilities. It is due to this diversity of work and the promise of high pay that drew me into the drilling community. 

In the drilling community, experience and results trump any paper credentials. So while formal education is more of an asset rather than a requirement, it is certainly held in high regard. A great example of formal education would be Fleming College’s Resource Drilling Technician diploma program (Fleming College, 2020). They also detail several auxiliary courses seen as valuable within the drilling community. Those courses include Transportation of Dangerous Goods, First Aid, Working at Heights, Shielded Metal Arc Welding, H2S and a DZ License.

Research and Analysis 

Over time, drillers in all areas have gained a reputation for working in all manner of severe weather and unsafe conditions, working long hours and being copiously productive with their labour. A lesser known trait of high importance among drillers is the ability to communicate effectively. Safety being chief among a drillers concerns, the Australian Drilling Industry Training Committee (ADITC, 2015) specially emphasises drillers “must be able to communicate effectively with geologists, engineers, consultants, landholders, and all others involved in a drilling project, so that it can be completed in the most efficient and economical manner”. 

John Swales: Six Characteristics of Discourse Communities
Art by D.A. Mills

Art of John Swales’ Six Characteristics of Discourse Communities: D.A. Mills

In John Swales: Six Characteristics of Discourse Communities (COMM202, 2020), John Swales lays out the required characteristics for a discourse community to proliferate and function. All 6 of these characteristics can be seen within the drilling community. There is a broadly agreed set of common public goals, mechanisms of intercommunication among their members, participatory mechanisms to provide information and acquired specific lexis.

All drillers share the common goal of providing efficient service while maintaining safety. We wear regulated Personal Protective Equipment. These include, CSA approved hard hats, safety glasses, boots and High Visibility clothing. 

In the drilling industry we have several mechanisms of intercommunication among ourselves. Some of these also provide ample opportunity to participate in the exchange of information and receive feedback. These include daily reports in the form of drill logs and hand signals when on the job site. Additionally due to the ever evolving industry around drilling, many drillers join groups on social media like the Geotechnical Environmental Drilling Group (2019). In these group drillers can troubleshoot problems with each other or just discuss our day to day operations. 

Drillers have a vast lexis which is used on a daily basis. This will include everything from specific geological vocabulary, abbreviations or tools and parts of drill rigs, and some rather colourful jargon to describe different aspects of the job. 

Conclusions and Recommendations

Drilling is a serious business and likewise the drilling discourse community can be very professional at times. Due to the rough nature of the work, the community can also be downright crass at times. Whether it’s the professional side or the grittier side, newcomers can rest assured knowing that the drilling community is very welcoming and sharing. For those newcomers looking to get involved, I’ll offer a few great first steps. 

  • Apply! There are a lot of entry level positions open in the  drilling industry and getting involved with the work itself is a wonderful first step. 
  • Learn! For the more academic minded, enrolling in a course like Fleming College’s Resources Drilling Technician diploma not only opens a lot of doors but teaches a plethora of important knowledge.
  • Join and participate in a chat group like the Geotechnical Environmental Drilling Group on Facebook.

As you can see, there is no shortage of ways to enter the discourse, I find it to be a very positive and welcoming community. I wholly encourage you to take that first step and come on in.

And here’s my name to say so.

D.A. Mills

References

Australian Drilling Industry Training Committee. (2015). The Drilling Manual (Fifth 

Edition). Australia: CRC Press

Fleming College. (2020). Resources Drilling Technician (Optional Co-op). Retrieved 

from https://flemingcollege.ca/programs/resources-drilling-technician

Geotechnical Environmental Drilling Group [Facebook page]. (2019). Retrieved 

January 28, 2020, from 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/395066454388761/

Harvey, J. (2020). Resources Drilling & Blasting Week #1: Introduction to 

Geotechnical Drilling [PowerPoint presentation]. Retrieved from Fleming College myCampus Portal.

Hinterland Drilling. (2020). Environmental Drilling. Retrieved from 

https://www.hinterlanddrilling.com.au/blog/what-is-environmental-digging

COMM202 (2020). John Swales: Six Characteristics of Discourse Communities 

[Desire2Learn link]. Retrieved from Fleming College myCampus Portal.

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