Commodifying “Vintage”

Upon opening the Etsy homepage, the viewer is greeted with the following pitch: To me, handcrafted, custom, and unique all go hand-in-hand. So on a site that generally promotes individual creators marketing their original content, where does “vintage”, or resale, fit in? While exploring the “vintage” tab (located on the extreme right of the drop […]

Tiny Desk Concerts at NPR

NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts series began in 2008, a creation of Bob Boilen. He characterizes the Tiny Desk performances as “intimate”, and makes a point to feature both “emerging artists” and “well-known musicians”. Boilen is also creator and host to NPR’s All Songs Considered, and has been bringing his musical influence to NPR since 1988. […]

Technologically Induced Precarity in Art Direction

The website for the Art Director’s Guild (ADG) describes the guild as a local chapter of the International Alliance of Theatrical and Stage Employees (IATSE). There are more than 104,000 members of the ADG spanning the US and Canada. The Union includes not only art directors but graphic artists, illustrators, matte artists, model makers, production designers, […]

The Big 6 vs YouTube – Mainstream Media & User Generated Content

Being a relative newcomer to film and new media studies, I found Jennifer Holt’s Empires of Entertainment to be an interesting and informative read. The novel provided extensive insight as to how the landscape of modern film production has evolved, and shed light on many aspects of the industry I had never previously considered or […]