ASCAP, Music, and Fair Use in New Media

We have come a long way since the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) was founded in 1914. Music industries have blown up so much in the last 2 decades alone; we have gone through phases of new genres, ridden waves of new electronic instrumentation, and been introduced to a plethora of music […]

If Video Killed the Radio Star, What Killed the Video?

  The near-extinction of Blockbuster came as a surprise for many. It wasn’t long ago that “Blockbuster was practically untouchable,” says Jennifer Holt, author of Empires of Entertainment: Media Industries and the Politics of Deregulation, 1980-1996. According to her, it once dominated the home video market, owning 25% of existing video stores and still earning […]

Stuff You Should Listen To

Have you ever wanted to learn more about something new? Chances are that at some point in your life, you have either wanted or had to. Perhaps you had to look up historical information for a high school research project or maybe you just wanted to learn more about mermaids. Sometimes, you just get curious […]

1,000 to 1: Etsy and the Modern Artisan

Since the refinement of the assembly line during the Industrial Revolution, the personalization of manufactured goods has suffered for the sake of decreasing time being produced and increasing quantity consumed. “Handmade” and “personalized” have transformed from being manufacturer’s mission statement to buzzwords. These are hooks used to reel in customers with the fantasy that they […]