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 […]

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 […]

The Semiotics of Compromise

The message is clear. We all need to learn how to communicate better. Miscommunication and fear defines negative interactions. Experience and education define the ways that we interpret and understand one another. It’s a basic idea of semiotics: the tree that I imagine when I say the word ‘tree’ isn’t the same one that you imagine. If […]

Exercising Labor Rights: The Writers Strike and the Market Basket Protests

While reading Cynthia Littleton’s TV on Strike: Why Hollywood went to War over the Internet I was struck by the thought that a lot of people think the strike is over and I guess in some regards it is. The actual strike is over and the writers and the board members of the guilds, but […]

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 […]

Don’t Forget About Gaffers: Where Does Blue-Collar Fit in the No-Collar System?

As you guys know, I’m super into film. So, I wanted to contextualize this reading within a topic I care deeply about for this post. I’ve also have been kind of disappointed with the focus on knowledge workers/”above the line” workers in the creative industries (Of course, it makes sense that we focus on knowledge […]

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 […]