The Battle of Conglomerates: Android vs. Apple

Team Android or iPhone? It’s been the age-old question for years… well, since 2008 when the first Android phone was released. As soon as the Android was announced, Steve Jobs trashed it in the New York Times. “Android hurts [Google] more than it helps them . . . it’s just going to divide them and […]

Disruptive Innovation and the Fight Against Monopolies

The cycle of creative innovation never ends. Everyday, new technologies are being developed and sold to consumers for profit, yet that doesn’t stop big businesses from attempting to halt its production or consumption. This “cycle” that Tim Wu describes in his book The Master Switch, acknowledges the constant ebb and flow of connectivity in the […]

How Should We Regard Creativity?

I have been involved in the arts since I was five years old, starting with dance. I did several different forms; ballet, tap, jazz, and lyrical/contemporary, and later learned the piano and guitar. I am a declared studio art major and intend on pursuing something in the arts post-grad in hopes of doing something I […]

Gateways to Creative Fields

“Employment insecurity”, a phrase Ruth Bridgstock uses in Creative graduate pathways within and beyond the creative industries, describes what those individuals who have studied and tried establishing a career in the creative field oftentimes feel. Why is this? While there are career challenges within the creative industry, there are tribulations within any field of interest, however, […]

The Animation Guild

The creative labor in the digital age was deeply affected in the Writers Guild of America strike, which began November 2007 and lasted until February 2008. The strike sought better funding for labor unions and job security in comparison with big-named film and TV studios. Traditionally, workers in these labor unions, such as screenwriters, aren’t […]

“Empires of Entertainment”: The War on Studios

HBO, the premium TV network that made its debut in 1972, harbors some of TV’s most groundbreaking and renowned programs. Over the past few years, it has gained even more attraction due to the popularization of shows such as Game of Thrones, and the many additional features that come with the HBO packet, such as […]

The Success and Failure of the Movie Sequel

When you think of movie sequels, does the word profit come to mind? When you begin to type into Google “why do sequels…”, the first word the site suggests to complete the sentence is “fail”, so for most people, the answer to that question is probably no.  Yet it generally depends on the franchise, as […]