YouTube Poop: Participatory Culture without Rooted Fandoms

The more I read material on fandoms, the more I find myself trying to unpack some of the many culture creations that don’t particularly celebrate a fandom at all, but have created some kind of following of its own. In fact, there is a wide array of YouTube videos as participatory culture that derives off […]

Magazines as “Anti-Feminist” and the Undulating Representations of Powerful Women

In today’s modern world, not to know what the word “feminist” means (or at least have a preconceived notion of what it means) would raise many eyebrows. The word and culture of feminism has become a staple in today’s society and a constant in popular media. It is a prominent piece of America’s ever-changing government […]

Yielding YouTubers: The Buy Out of Multichannel Networks and the Decline of Independent User-Generated Content

Many would claim that the internet serves as the final frontier for various reasons, such as freedom of usage without restrictive marketing implications or content-based regulations by government implementation. Though we currently live in an age where we live in fear of losing these freedoms due to corporate lobbying, we can slightly still hold a […]

VFX Industry’s “March to the Bottom” and the Halt on ADAPT’s Legal Efforts

Visual effects (VFX) is a front runner in film today, so it’s about time VFX workers get a little respect! Digital Visual Effects in Cinema: The Seduction of Reality, written by Stephen Prince, invites readers to take a second look at the big bad world of moviemaking through the digital realm of visual effects. Prince […]

A Movie’s Opening Day: In a Theater or from Your Couch?

In Wheeler Winston Dixon’s book, Streaming: Movies, Media, and Instant Access, Dixon introduces us to the idea that streaming is becoming the standard in all areas of entertainment and media access. Dixon illustrates the decline of film into digital, having filmmakers say goodbye to 16mm and 35mm film, and audiences saying goodbye to multiplexes and […]

Barbie’s Break into the Comic Book World: Global Franchising and Catering to New Generations

In Derek Johnson’s book, Media Franchising: Creative License and Collaboration in the Culture Industries, Johnson discusses the various methods one can take in studying and analyzing the growing corporate conglomerations use of franchising as a boundless and ever expanding form of marketing and remarketing a focal creative product. Johnson describes perspectives in which some critics […]

Rise of Independent Film, Fall of Independent Filmmakers, and Slamdance to the Rescue

Alisa Perren, in her book, Indie, Inc., discusses the transformation of Hollywood and global movie marketing and distribution during the rise and eventual decline of Miramax, the film distribution company created by the brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein. During this time period of the 1980s and 90s, the “independent” film began to make its place […]

Losers of the Writers’ Strike: Reality Writers Continue to Go Unprotected

Cynthia Littleton, writer of TV on Strike: Why Hollywood Went to War over the Internet, recaps the events and timeline that unfolded during the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) strike from October 2007 to February 2008. She explains the intense and heated dynamics within the picket lines in front of major TV and film studios […]

The Need for Cultural Diversity and the War against American Media Conglomerates

Empires of Entertainment: Media Industries and the Politics of Deregulation, written by Jennifer Holt, discusses the timeline and influence of government regulation (and eventual deregulation) of the American media industries and market. Holt elaborates on the specific events and measures taken by political figures and media moguls in creating a market system in which the […]