The Absurdity of Working For Free!

The Absurdity of Working For Free!
Below Stephen Colbert brings a satirical, yet true to the point look at media professionals working for free. I’ve done it, and more than likely you’ve done it as well. But, it is never a good idea. Yet, CNN last month that laid off 50 reporters citing technological efficiencies and user generated content as the catalysts, aka “iReporters”. Give me a break? This harkens back to discussions we have had here and on Twitter about young photographers giving away their services in hope of jump-starting their careers. All it really does is provide cheap media for the client and lower the bar a professionalism.
Enjoy this report and feel free to chime in.
Admin note: Apparently this video feed is block in some countries. Odd that living in Malaysia I can view it, when others in England and Australia cannot. For this I apologize.


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About The Author

Matt Brandon

Matt is a Malaysia based humanitarian and travel photographer. Well known as a photographer and international workshop instructor, Matt’s images have been used by business and organizations around the globe. Matt also on the design board for Think Tank Photo, a camera bag manufacturer. In 2013 Matt founded the On Field Media Project to train the staff of non-profits to use appropriate technology to produce timely as well as quality images.


  1. Chris Plante

    I foresee 50 new workshops available soon…

    • Matt Brandon

      lol! I think you might be right!

  2. André

    Unfortunately, the video is not available for us Aussies 🙁

  3. Wayne Rowe

    Unavailable for us Brits too.

    • admin

      Wayne and André- I am sorry. I have reloaded it hope that might help. But my guess is it is block by your country. Odd that I can see it here in Malaysia. So sorry. It was good.

  4. Heber Vega

    This is hilarious Matt! What a great and ingenious video. 
    Anyway, the topic behind is a sad but true story… and we are all part of it. And I’d add that’s difficult to reverse it.  

  5. Ruud van Ruitenbeek

    I cannot view this one either: “this video is not available in your location” (UK)

  6. Ron Nickel

    I’m in Canada and I can’t view this video.  Would love to see it!


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