1) Word processors and then the computers which followed them. One of my journalism professors, Mawk Arnold, brought a KayPRO to school. Tiny screen, think original Mac computer for those who might be more familiar with that, a tiny amount of RAM and it ran on two 5.25 floppies. At the time the journalism department was running a MicroTEK system that ran off a central unit with a dozen VDTs. We also had the only and I do mean the only laser printer on campus.
Typewriters were a thing of the past. Revisions were simple. More writers saw the light. More writers joined the field.
Jim Joseph, another favorite prof of mine, said he was contacted by B.A.S.S.
2) Email. Not the Internet, but email. All of a sudden people who only dreamed of freelance writing were suddenly connected
Even more writers signed up. Many offered to write for free just to get published.
3) Freelance collator sites. Again, not the Internet, but this came about because of the Internet. These sites, and there are a lot, give people looking to hire freelancers a
Now, the entire world appears to be an expert writer. Because the pool of writers is so large, it's a buyer's market. I see job offers where the buyer wants 1,000 words for $1.
There are writers out there getting less than $1 an hour for writing. Some of these writers are, of course, in third world countries. The Phillipines and India also have a lot of these writers.
This is worse than writing for free. The authors of these $1 projects never get credit for writing. The work appears under someone else's name.
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