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 […]

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 […]

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 Problem with the Creative Industries or: The One Where Thomas Writes Way Too Much About Music

I had the pleasure of listening to Marc Maron’s WTF podcast last week. His guest on the show was musician/music producer Steve Albini. Albini was the founding member of one of the most sarcastic aggressive bands to come out of Chicago’s punk scene, Big Black (abrasive might be a bit of understatement in describing their […]

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 […]

The Dignity of Labor

Earlier in the semester, Talitha asked our seminar if anyone would be wiling to work as a Production Assistant for $2 an hour. Some people said yes, others said no. Our discussion turned to how this would ruin the market for everyone–if there are people willing to work for $2, who truly have the choice and […]

Keeping up with the Technology

Upon reading Littleton’s book ‘TV on Strike: Why Hollywood Went to War Over the Internet’ I felt this huge disconnect from the reading concerning the events that occurred between 2007 and 2008. To be honest I still kind of do. Being around 14 at the time and living thousands of miles away from the United […]