The Rise of Technology: The Snapper vs. The Photographer

By far, my favorite form of social media is Instagram. In my free time, I’m usually multitasking, and it’s involved a good 80% of the time.  I love going through peoples photos, as I see photography as the best form of personal expression. When I’m on Instagram, though, it’s clear to see the difference between […]

Fun Work: What’s the Problem?

I was FaceTiming with my dad yesterday, and in the midst of having a panic attack about trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, he told me that some of the best advice he could give me was to pursue a career that ‘made me feel like I wasn’t going […]

Urban Outfitters Hipster vs. Wicker Park Artist: Consumption and Authenticity

One of my sisters favorite clothing stores on the face of the planet is Urban Outfitters, but there’s one thing that she loves even more: dragging me in there with her. I’ve never really enjoyed shopping there, mostly  because I think that the clothing, though it is made well, is incredibly pricy. It’s safe to […]

From the Machine Shop to the Hair Salon: Work and the Creative Class

It’s safe to say that creativity is changing how we view, live and work in the world. As Richard Florida explains in his book The Rise of the Creative Class, ‘every human is creative’ (Florida, 7). Coming into college, I told my parents that I wanted to major in something creative. Not thinking of science […]

$$$ vs. $: The Corporation and the Worker

Upon reading the article Global Entertainment Media: Between Cultural Imperialism and Cultural Globalization, I was reminded of a Third Cinema class I had taken.  In the class, the relationship between the ‘owning class’ and the ‘working class’ was discussed. The owning class, as defined by Tanner Mirrlees, are ‘the few people who own and manage the corporation’ (Mirrlees, […]

Property: A Buggy Topic in the Film Industry

It is not uncommon to go to the movies, watch a film, and feel like the film you’re watching reminds you of one you have seen before. As Janet Wasko explains in his article Financing and Production, ’50 percent of Hollywood’s films are adaptions’ (Wasko, 44), which in the scheme of things, is a lot. […]

My Hollywood Family: Roles in the Hollywood Film Industry

My family and I have always been close. From day one, I was not the easiest, most quiet child; still, they managed to effectively put up with me. It’s safe to say they were, and still are my backbone, grandparents included. Even being as tight knit as we are, though, we all possess completely different […]

Television: The Threefold

I’ve always been told that life is about taking risks. It’s something everyone’s told, but what does that really mean? When I looked at the actual definition of the word risk, it was ‘a situation involving exposure to danger.’ In regards to the television industry, I see this concept of risk as one that is […]

Metropilizing Advertising: The Underground Workers of the Creative Advertising Industry

As I read through the different chapters of ‘Media Work’ by Mark Deuze, it became clear: the creative industries aren’t producing creativity, but taking away creativity, or the ability to be creative. The more I read, the more I couldn’t help but think of the film Metropolis (1927) for reasons such as powerlessness, lack of […]

Good, Bad or Both?: Worklife in the Creative Industry

When someone utters the word ‘good’, one automatically thinks of something that is satisfying. The word ‘bad’ congers up a certain amount of negativity, and words such as boredom (a few other words) come to mind.   Looking deeper into these two words in terms of the Creative Industries, a question for me arose: Is it […]