Europe has it together.

Welcome! Ladies and gentlemen, welcome…to the last blog post of the FNMS senior seminar!! I considered titling this blog post: “How to read academic jargon without going crazy”, but then I realized that it was making me crazy… Some quotes from the past several weeks of Senior Sem to make you nostalgic: “Love is blind. […]

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 […]

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 […]

To The Internet and Creatives: An Open Rant About Getting No Collar Jobs & The Value of Creative Work

Preface Andrew Ross’s book Nice Work If You Can Get It was insightful and a very good read.  Ross studied job insecurity and the new trends of the workplace and did so at an emerging time.  He contrasts the sweatshop style labor to the new trending style of creatives in the U.S. This rant should […]