Exploitation is Exploitation is Exploitation

Last year I took John Miller’s econ class Sweatshops in the World Economy in which we examined the ongoing impacts of globalization, free trade and capitalism on working conditions both abroad and in the United States. Throughout the semester we were given four definitions of a sweatshop and asked to choose the one we felt […]

The Water in Which We Swim

Cynthia Littleton’s book TV on Strike: Why Hollywood Went to War Over the Internet contextualized the concepts and ideas we’ve been discussing in class over the last few weeks through providing a real life example of the ways in which the creative class is being exploited by capitalism. Through personal accounts of writers in the […]

So Much Beauty in Dirt

While reading Richard Lloyd’s book Neo-Bohemia: Arts and Commerce in The Post Industrial City I was struck by a quote in the chapter entitled “Grit as Glamour” that stated, “the construction of the Wicker Park scene drew upon both local history and the accumulated mythology of the artist in the city as important resources. Young […]

Finding My Place

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to live in the United Kingdom. I think it has a lot to do with the British television I watched growing up, the British literature I read throughout high school, and the British bands I listen to, such as the Beatles and the Arctic Monkeys. For […]

The Psychopathic Corporation

While reading Tanner Mirrlees’s book Global Entertainment Media: Between Cultural Imperialism and Cultural Globalization, I couldn’t help but be reminded of Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott’s documentary The Corporation (2003), a film I watched my sophomore year for Third Cinema. In Chapter Two, Mirrlees examines the media corporation and the relationship between the owning class […]

Is Hollywood on the move?

Tom Schatz discusses the new era of Hollywood within his chapters in McDonald and Wasko’s edited anthology The Contemporary Hollywood Film Industry. He examines the way in which the film industries’ centrality has moved cross culturally from Hollywood to the rest of the United States and beyond, he states, “because of the proliferation of film […]

People are People

In his book Hollywood the Dream Factory: An Anthropologist Looks at the Movie-makers, Hortense Powdermaker examines the relationship between the actors who make up Hollywood and the overarching idea of Hollywood itself. He describes this relationship as tumultuous to say the least in stating, “In Hollywood, actors are not regarded as ordinary people, either. But […]