Writer’s Guild of America = Taylor Swift?

Taylor Swift’s music is not available on Spotify.  She explained in her interview with Time, “[e]verybody’s complaining about how music sales are shrinking, but nobody’s changing the way they’re doing things.  They keep running towards streaming, which is, for the most part, what has been shrinking the numbers of paid album sales”.  However, this Business […]

The American Dream: To Be Or Not To Be

I am a first generation American.  My parents came to the United States in pursuit of the American Dream like most immigrants to the US.  However as I grew older, I noticed that though upward mobility through hard work does sometimes pay off, there are other factors that affected that hope for success.  Andrew Ross […]

The Wonderful World of Kpop

When I first started to follow Kpop in 2008, the international fandom was burgeoning, and it was the second wave of the genre.  Kpop, or also known as Korean pop music has evolved so much since its conception.  Like Wicker Park, it has seen a boom and in the second wave of capitalism, there had […]

Change in the Creative Age

Hollywood has been the central point of mainstream media since its conception, but now with the continued development of the Creative Age, the focal point of mainstream media may be shifting towards something else.  Maybe because I am part of a generation that spends all their time on the internet, but most of the conversation […]

Hollywood and Propaganda

When the world was surveyed about who is the biggest threat to world peace, the United States of America was picked as the biggest threat.  According to Tanner Mirrlees in Global Entertainment Media: Between Cultural Imperialism and Cultural Globalization, “[f]ollowing World War II, the old European empires began to crumble.  The world system’s center of […]

Behind the Smoke Screen of Publicity

Disney has become a staple in kids’ entertainment diet.  And not only kids, but parents of these kids.  But how did Disney grow to be large enough to be recognizable throughout the world in all ages?  “Disney positions its films in the theatrical market by using various imprimaturs: Walt Disney Pictures, Touchstone Pictures, Hollywood  Pictures, […]

Hollywood Sex

The Hollywood industry is very patriarchal.  It is made very clear in Hollywood, the Dream Factory by Hortense Powdermaker.  It is most evident when Powdermaker used examples of only men.  It is still true today with women in the Hollywood industry speaking out about their experiences. In history, women are discourage to have any power.  […]