Guidelines and Expectations

Film and Digital Media is a multi-author blog featuring weekly posts by the 15 participants in a seminar on the impact of digital technologies on the content, practices and organization of creative industries. The blog is intended to provide a space that will allow us to accomplish several important goals:

From Here On Out

 All creative work is the result of shared knowledge and labor; originality springs forth not from the forehead of geniuses but from the ideas pooled by communities of peers. (Nice Work If You Can Get It : Life and Labor in Precarious Times, Andrew Ross) I have felt lost for a long time. I look […]

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 […]

Micro Housing and Its Benefits

In Andrew Ross’ book, Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times, I found that the issues he raised in reference to labor and sustainability connected with some previous topics we’ve been discussing in class. I want to first bring to your attention one of the many reality TV shows […]

Converting Industrial Spaces into Post-Industrial Livelihoods

Andrew Ross’ Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times looks at the global workplace and finds an emerging pattern of labor instability. Ross examines case studies of workers in all realms of work from the emerging creative class of high wage professionals to the multitude of temporary, migrant, or […]

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 […]

Creativity as Hope

Labor and movement are intricately connected–people move for their jobs, or in some cases leave the country when work is no longer available. Austerity, civil war, and economic recession are just a few of the reasons why people may leave home to seek work. People want the fulfillment of labor–I am reminded of this heartbreaking […]

Whoops! The Tale of an Amateur Creatives Quest for Cash

Last semester while abroad in Ireland there came a point when I was running low on cash. Since I was hesitant to ask my mom for money, I turned to Google for answers. What I found were a few freelance websites that I could do tasks for companies and other users in exchange for compensation. […]

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 […]