Patterns of Life

I’m not sure about the rest of you, but I have found myself to be a creature of habit. I order the same food at the same places every single time I go and I use the same routes whenever I walk around, whether it’s here at Wheaton College or in my hometown of Salem […]

The Data We Leave Behind

“Who we are is composed of an almost innumerable collection of interpretive layers, of hundreds of different companies and agencies identifying us in thousands of competing ways.” John Cheney-Lippold John Cheney-Lippold’s book We Are Data: Algorithms and The Making of Our Digital Selves unpacks the transformation of data and algorithms, as well as how data […]

Transformation of the Film Industry

Part three of Tim Wu’s book, The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires, focuses on the fall of information empires, more specifically monopolies on technology, like that of the film industry during the early 1900s. The industry in this time was bound by the Production Code, which bound films to a certain […]

The Technological Cycle and the Video Game Industry

Tim Wu’s book, The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires, explores the cycle of new technology, in which there is always the potential for something new to come around the corner and usurp power from the current prime technology. For example, when the telephone was invented, the use of telegraphs decreased, and […]

Write What You Like: Passion Projects, Inspiration, and Connectivity

The words of Austin Kleon in his blog post “How to Steal like an Artist (and Nine Other Things Nobody Told Me)” are very inspiring, especially in regards to those interested in the creative industry. The advice ranges from how to get ideas and how to get inspiration for your creative endeavors. Kleon’s steps are […]

Are Job Opportunities in the Creative Industry Truly Precarious?

For the most part jobs in the creative industry are characterized as being precarious and involving episodes of chronic unemployment and underemployment. However, research has shown that despite being known as precarious, the creative industry is growing in popularity. There are a number of reasons why this label has stuck to the creative industry; for […]