Information in the Pipes: Controlling the Internet and the Power Within

Tim Wu’s The Master Switch recounts the historical context of what he refers to as “The Cycle”, the ever flowing cycle of invention and innovation in the land of information empires, wherein the natural state becomes monopoly. Wu gives overviews of this historical pattern throughout radio, telephone, television, and film, noting the striking similarities between […]

Standardized Tests, Standardized Students: The US Education System is Killing Creatives

If you know me, it shouldn’t come as a surprise when I say I like new takes on old ideas. I’m all about refining past creations, whether they’re still popular today or had a short stay in the mainstream 80 years ago. I like experimental film, experimental food, even experimental humor. Something that I’m not […]

Educating the Educators: How Skills-Based Higher Education in the Creative Arts Promises A Steady Future of Learning for Creatives

If you’ll allow me to get a little anecdotal for a bit, I’d like to talk about my experience in the world of creative higher education. Over nearly 4 years in pursuit of a degree coming from a program titled “Film and New Media”, I’ve met people who want to do almost every imaginable thing that […]

The Guild Strikes Back – The Writer’s Guild of America and Their Duty to Organized Labor

The writer’s strike of 2007 is one of the most discussed labor movements of the last 50 years. Why wouldn’t it be? Television has become such an integral part of the daily routine for millions of people around the nation, and the strike did so much to impact that routine. Do you see the problem […]

The Monopoly in the Home: Television Regulations – 1950’s to Now

There’s a lot to consider when you talk about the world of entertainment and the companies and conglomerates that run the industries that comprise that world. Jennifer Holt’s book, Empires of Entertainment, touches on many of these industries, their major players, and the history of their regulations and rules. One area that’s been all the […]

My Brother, My Brother, My Dad, and Me (and Some DnD) + The “Visual-ness” of Podcasts

Nearly a hundred years ago, radio was that thing that people thought, “Yeah, I guess I’ll listen to that. I’ve got nothing else to do. Plus TV won’t exist for another 30 years.” That’s not exactly how it went down, but it was probably pretty close to that. Regardless, if you were to ask someone […]

Professor by Day, Professor by Night: Tolarian Community College and Patreon

The modern internet brings many advantages to content creators that the old system of the analog age lacked. One of these affordances is the ease of monetizing content creation and making it a legitimate profession, rather than just a hobby. There are plenty of services and programs that allow content creators to earn their keep, […]