Information in the Pipes: Controlling the Internet and the Power Within

Tim Wu’s The Master Switch recounts the historical context of what he refers to as “The Cycle”, the ever flowing cycle of invention and innovation in the land of information empires, wherein the natural state becomes monopoly. Wu gives overviews of this historical pattern throughout radio, telephone, television, and film, noting the striking similarities between […]

Hope For The Future

Just a couple of months ago, the FCC was paid into voting against Net Neutrality. This isn’t the first time that the cable companies have tried to bring an end to Net Neutrality, they did the same thing in 2014, leading to a similar amount of backlash. Though I’m frustrated with the FCC’s decision, I […]

Any Fading Empire: The Mutation of the Film Industry

In The Master Switch, author Tim Wu posits that all information industries are subject to a “cycle” beginning with a disruptive innovation, followed by an open industry, the closing of the industry, and ultimately demolition at the hands of a new disruptive innovation. Included in this assessment is the Hollywood film industry, which Wu argues was […]

Hollywood Keeps Playing it Safe

Now that it is 2018, Hollywood has changed, in terms of the content it produces. It is also changing, but very, very  slowly in terms of representation in front and behind the camera as well as content/movies that are being shown in theatres and on tv. When Hollywood started making movies and trying to capitalize […]

Responsible Reception: The Importance of an Active Audience

Growing up, my parents would always tell me just how lucky I am for growing up in time when we have so much available at the press of a button. Born in the 1950s, they grew up with the major networks: NBC, CBS, and ABC. They watched whatever was on when it was on because […]


If we take a look at the history of the information and communication industries, big corporations, like AT&T for example, have always been in control of how we access these utilities. They’re the ones that physically control all the pipes that allow us to do things like call each other from across the country or […]

Breaking the Cycle: The Power of Net Neutrality

“So what is the FCC doing today? Quite simply, we are restoring the light-touch framework that has governed the Internet for most of its existence. We’re moving from Title II to Title I. Wonkier it cannot be.” – FCC Chairman Ajit Pai on repealing net neutrality rules. On December 14th 2017, the Federal Communications Commission […]