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Why the Future of Employment is Creative

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It’s clear that the last decade has brought about a revolution in the way society is structured that was due in no small part to the advent of widespread, advanced communication technologies. The boom in the STEM industries that led up to it was a clear indicator of the way social resources were going to be invested to yield tremendous returns, and when they paid off, they did so with abundance. This has led to the development of computer technology so sophisticated that it is able to interact with users and to communicate choices they have, adjusting its programming to accommodate.

This change has led to the automation of diagnostics, creating a surplus of talent in the STEM fields in some cases, and where it has not done so, there are indicators that further technological advancement will likely push things in that direction. In a technological world there will always be the need for engineers and designers, but as the technology becomes more and more capable of assessing its own status and designing improvements, the number of humans who will need to take interventionist roles will decrease.

Luckily, there are already clear signs in the job marked that creative industries are ramping up to create new demand. Workers capable of harnessing communication technology to craft messaging for clients are going to be able to take full advantage of the new tech without worrying about having their career opportunities curtailed by it. As a result, graphic designers, writers, and other creative roles are seeing a boom in employment, and as communication technology becomes more ubiquitous, there is every reason to think the demand for content will continue to grow with it.

Swastika Into Lotus

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Swastika Into Lotus mandala coverRichard’s newest book of poetry, Swastika Into Lotus, is now available through Carnegie Mellon Press. It’s been out for about a month now, and there are some great reviews starting to pop up. Early readers are saying things like:

“Tough, direct, gritty, full of wonder . . . there is nothing meek about Mr. Katrovas. . . . He sings with an authority that is guided by compassion, by an unblinking eye for what is beautiful within what is not.”

The New York Times Book Review

If you’re wondering about the scope and content of the material, here’s what the Press has to say:

In Swastika into Lotus, Richard Katrovas, a “punk formalist,” casts a wary eye on poetry, poetry readings, higher education, the UFO cottage industry, organized religion, fine dining, climate change denial, and national right-wing politics. The book’s humor is dark, by turns self-deprecating and fierce, and yet many of the poems are unabashed in their assertions of both filial and romantic love. Heaving traditionally “formal” verse through a looking glass, Katrovas has produced a book that is not for the passive-aggressively “sensitive.”

Poems in the collection have previously appeared in The American Literary Review, Crazyhorse, Cutthroat: A Journal of the Arts, New Orleans on New Orleans, and North American Review. It’s available here on Amazon, or through most other major booksellers.