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 […]

The Brady Bunch: An Iconic Family But Not Royalty

“Here’s the story, of a lovely lady, who was bringing up three very lovely girls…” Gosh, what a catchy song, a stuck in the head jingle, and it’s attached to a show that I still find myself enjoying even now. The television hit The Brady Bunch was a show that lasted for five seasons, still […]

Creative Labor Issues: No Easy Fix

In the creative economy, ideas are power. Workers want offices that are compelling and environments that allow them to produce their best work. It has been said that workers are willing to sacrifice pay for flexibility, but this statement ignores the fact that some people simply cannot afford to make that trade. I want to […]

Risking It All In Hollywood: Intense Hope That Success Is Around The Corner

Put yourself is James Cameron’s shoes for a minute.  Third highest paid director in Hollywood, with a net worth of 700 million, nothing compared to the two ahead of him being Spielberg and Lucas with 3 Billion (with a B, no typo) and 3.25 Billion respectively.  I’ll come back to this idea in a bit, […]

Vimeo vs. Capital Records: The Lip-Dub Debacle

Surely any user of Web 2.0 is at least slightly familiar with the video-sharing platform Vimeo, whether as a viewer or a contributor (or both). In Chapter 1, Where Web 2.0 Went Wrong of his 2013 book, Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture, Henry Jenkins outlines the lawsuit filed against Vimeo by Capitol Records in December […]

What is Unconventional Fandom?

Katherine Larsen and Lynn Zubernis offer a really unique and valuable story in their memoir, Fangasm: Supernatural Fangirls. Not only is the story told through first-person recollections and stories, but it presents a more feminine standpoint on fandom. When I think of scholars on fandom (and I’ll be the first to admit, I only know one), […]

Advertising, Futurama, and You

William Boddy’s essay “ ‘Is it TV Yet? The Dislocated Screens of Television in a Mobile Digital Culture” dealt extensively with the question of advertisements and advertising technology. Some of the work’s descriptions of modern advertisement technologies were downright disturbing.