Whoops! The Tale of an Amateur Creatives Quest for Cash

Last semester while abroad in Ireland there came a point when I was running low on cash. Since I was hesitant to ask my mom for money, I turned to Google for answers. What I found were a few freelance websites that I could do tasks for companies and other users in exchange for compensation. […]

The Nostalgia Wars: Netflix vs. Cable

In TV on Strike: Why Hollywood Went to War Over the Internet Cynthia Littleton discusses the importance of residuals as, “sacrosanct for the creative community as Social Security and Medicare are for voters in election years. Residuals are fiercely protected by the creative community because they are such a large component of annual income for […]

Hooli the “best” place on earth…

“Hooli isn’t just another high tech company. Hooli isn’t just about software. Hooli. Hooli is about people. Hooli is about innovative technology that makes a difference, transforming the world as we know it. Making the world a better place, through minimal message oriented transport layers. I firmly believe we can only achieve greatness if first […]

What is Cool? Gentrification in the Hudson Valley

What does it mean to be “cool”? Cool can be best understood as a symbol or marker sought by participants in a competition for status. Those who enjoy the success in this competition, this struggle to be recognized as cool, know that they must distance themselves from what is considered “mainstream society.” It seems as […]

Persepolis and Cultural Globalization

Persepolis is an animated French film, which follows the life of Marjane Satrapi from her tumultuous childhood growing up in Iran after the 1979 Iranian Revolution to her struggles to find herself in Europe to her difficult return home. It recounts her struggles to adapt to the new political and ideological systems put in place […]

Success and Money over Creativity?

Have you ever noticed patterns in the types of films being made? Twilight comes out, and all of a sudden there are a million vampire movies that follow. After Hunger Games came a bunch of teen dystopian films based on novels. According to Wasko, “around 50% of Hollywood films are adaptions” (44). At first that […]

Can Staying Out of the Gossip Mags Hurt You in Hollywood?

While waiting in the grocery line I have always noticed that there are certain celebrities that frequent the publicity magazines; the Kardashians, Britney Spears, Lindsey Lohan, Brad and Angelina. Some of these people (I’m looking at you Kim) use publicity to their advantage. The stories that are told in these magazines keep them relevant, as […]