From Here On Out

 All creative work is the result of shared knowledge and labor; originality springs forth not from the forehead of geniuses but from the ideas pooled by communities of peers. (Nice Work If You Can Get It : Life and Labor in Precarious Times, Andrew Ross) I have felt lost for a long time. I look […]

Bursting the Redbubble: Does the Creative Market Work?

Here I am, on another afternoon staring at my monitor as I type up this post. Wait, this sounds somewhat familiar. As I’m reading another of Andrew Ross’s books (In this case, it’s Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times ) I come to the realization that this is […]

(W)here’s the Rub?!: A General Guide to Understanding the Creative Industry as The Corporation

In the last few months, we have examined the corporate structure which organizes our creative industry. In the foreseeable conclusion to our course, Ross outlines the ways in which these structures have ascribed purpose, value, and “protections” in our new industry. He explains that the purpose which we understand, organizes and structures ideas with the hope that […]

Converting Industrial Spaces into Post-Industrial Livelihoods

Andrew Ross’ Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times looks at the global workplace and finds an emerging pattern of labor instability. Ross examines case studies of workers in all realms of work from the emerging creative class of high wage professionals to the multitude of temporary, migrant, or […]

Determining our Intellectual Worth

This being our last blog post for the semester, I am becoming frighteningly aware of how close we are getting to the end of our college careers. Aside from the usual stress that this entails, finding a job, a place to live, etc. Being an international student or an ‘alien’, I am also thinking about […]

Creative Work, Sustainability, and MLB

In Andrew Ross’ book, Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times, he talks about the instability of work in the Creative Industries. He calls for sustainability in the workforce because there is none. It’s needed if we want to survive, and not just live paycheck to paycheck. We all […]

Exploitation is Exploitation is Exploitation

Last year I took John Miller’s econ class Sweatshops in the World Economy in which we examined the ongoing impacts of globalization, free trade and capitalism on working conditions both abroad and in the United States. Throughout the semester we were given four definitions of a sweatshop and asked to choose the one we felt […]