Data, Algorithms, and the Pursuit of Privacy

Analyzing the morality and ethics surrounding any major issue is something I always try to take into consideration because I believe this frame of mind fulfills a utilitarian objective. As an example, I’ve explored the concept of morality and whether it can be present in the context of a business monopoly on this very blog […]

Internet Killed the Video Star

“A star is not born. A star’s image is meticulously made and remade…” (Cheney-Lippold, xi) In We Are Data, John Cheney-Lippold’s book on the algorithms of digital agency, he discusses the online personas we as Internet-users cultivate, and those personas that are cultivated for us. He describes the phenomenon of the Internet celebrity—someone whose online […]

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 […]

Will History Repeat Itself?

Humans have been curious creatures throughout the beginning of time. For it is almost as if we have an unspoken duty to discover more about everything as much as we possibly can. Now don’t get me wrong there are things in life I rather not known about, but whether I choose to discover it myself, […]

Assembly-Line Art

Nearly every century has had its share of creative sparks, but the 20th century somehow managed to produce not only periods of innovation and spectacular creativity, but also sustained high productivity, particularly in industries like music and film. During certain decades of the 1900s, media industries—and their titans—were able to tap into a no-fail formula […]

A Monopoly’s Morals

The day before starting Tim Wu’s book, The Master Switch (2010), I engaged in healthy debate with a good friend of mine on issues surrounding modern tech companies in regards to innovation, privacy, and capitalism. I argued CEOs such as Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, and Jeff Bezos were positively contributing to society through their respective breakthroughs […]

Monopolizing Creativity

Recently, I came across a quotation that really struck me: “The outsider has nothing to lose” (20).These words belong to Tim Wu, author of The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires. The book outlines the arc of the information industry, beginning with the Bell Company and its subsidiary, AT&T. The reason these words […]