Today’s “Legion of Decency”

I find it really interesting to watch films from around the time that the Hays Code was in effect. There’s such a dramatic difference in how these films handle certain sensitive subjects, often times by just hiding it from the screen. Consider this scene from the classic 1944 film, Double Indemnity: Violence is implied, yet we […]

The Krono’s Effect: Monopolizing Information

AT&T does not play any games when it comes to sustaining its position as an imperial, monopolistic force. This was painfully apparent after reading Wu’s book, The Master Switch, which situates the history of innovation, industry, and information technologies within the theoretical frameworks of the Krono’s effect. In Greek mythology, Kronos, the second ruler of […]

Doubt me, then Watch me.

Growth, whether it be personal, social, economical, political or physical happens every day. In our society growth is inevitable. People are exposed to new ideas and knowledge every day, which can sometimes lead to advancements. Innovation leads to ideas which can sometimes lead to inventions. Tim Wu’s novel The Master Switch: the Rise and Fall […]

The Outside Inventor

“The outsider has nothing to lose” (Wu, 20). It is just this mentality that Tim Wu maintains throughout most of his book, The Master Switch, describing the world’s most innovative tech inventors. Wu argues that these creators, the so-called “outside inventors,” function at a distance from business regulations, monetary pressures, and other conditions that affect […]

Creativity & The Arts

Perhaps one of the greatest pitfalls in contemporary society is the absence of the arts and creative thinking in our psyche. To that end, Ken Robinson’s TedTalk really resonated with me, as did Austin Kleon’s presentation. I think the way the arts are presented to people is completely misconstrued. Math and the sciences are important, […]

Creating Connections

What is a “real” job? Why do people think that art can’t be considered as a real job? There is a lot of stigma in the arts that make people afraid to pursue their passion or joy for wanting to make a living off of their art and what they create. When I hear the […]

“She’s not sick, she’s a dancer.”

So, I am going to get anecdotal for a second because this quote has been kind of this guiding light since I heard it a few years ago. From the time I was a little girl, I wanted to dance. I knew from the moment I saw Tchaikovsky’s, The Nutcracker that Ballet was the only […]

“This is a stickup! Give us all your inspiration!”

“Good artists copy; great artists steal,” goes the maxim of Pablo Picasso. Many would see an irony in these words, given the cubist master’s reputation for generating a wholly unique style. But Picasso might find more common ground with Austin Kleon, a writer and artist who argues (in “How to Steal Like an Artist (And […]

Your Box of Potential

If you asked me at 14 years old what I saw myself becoming in the future, I would have said something like a veterinarian or dentist. I had no idea what I wanted to be, but at the time, I felt like those occupations were the answers expected of me. At that age we don’t […]

You Are What You (Cr)eat(e)

I’m a firm believer that we are — as the title suggests — what we create. Creators put a little piece of themselves into each of their creations. These are their horcruxes, the little bits and pieces of themselves artists share for people all over the world to find. And in the process, the creations […]