Converting Industrial Spaces into Post-Industrial Livelihoods

Andrew Ross’ Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times looks at the global workplace and finds an emerging pattern of labor instability. Ross examines case studies of workers in all realms of work from the emerging creative class of high wage professionals to the multitude of temporary, migrant, or […]

Exercising Labor Rights: The Writers Strike and the Market Basket Protests

While reading Cynthia Littleton’s TV on Strike: Why Hollywood went to War over the Internet I was struck by the thought that a lot of people think the strike is over and I guess in some regards it is. The actual strike is over and the writers and the board members of the guilds, but […]

The Vans Warped Tour: A Transient Industrial Bohemia

Last week I discussed the punk rock tradition and how through non-conformity and the traditional components of punk rock: individual freedom and anti-authoritarian sentiment actually creates a conformist bohemia. This is done through the musicians’ ability to create an artistic space within a city that once the musicians make it to the mainstream and attract […]

Non-Conformity: The Punk Rock Tradition turned into Conformist Bohemia

As I was reading Sociologist Richard Lloyd’s Neo-Bohemia: Art and Commerce in the Post Industrial City I found myself connecting the reading to my senior capstone project on the punk rock movement. I was thinking about the creative class and its connection to gentrification. I was also thinking about the components of punk rock and […]

The Impact of Filmmaking on Tourism and the Devlopment of Creative Centers

Economist and social scientist Richard L. Florida in his book The Rise of the Creative Class makes the argument that every human is creative. Florida suggests that all jobs should become creative. “The only way forward is to make all jobs creative jobs, infusing service work, manufacturing work, farming, and every other form of human […]

The Globalization of James Bond through Co-Production

Last week I discussed the impact of deregulation on media industries. This week while reading chapters 1-4 in Tanner Mirrlees Global Entertainment Media: Between Cultural Imperialism and Cultural Globalization the impact on deregulation on the industry was once again discussed but Tanner argues that the impact of deregulation limits the players within the industry, but […]

Modern Hollywood: The Impact of Deregulation on Technology and Ownership within the Industry

While reading McDonald and Wasko’s edited anthology, The Contemporary Hollywood Film Industry this week I really struggled to encapsulate all of the concepts touched on in the selected chapters into one idea. I finally after much contemplation came to the realization that any idea or outside example I chose to focus on would in some way […]