Transformation of the Film Industry

Part three of Tim Wu’s book, The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires, focuses on the fall of information empires, more specifically monopolies on technology, like that of the film industry during the early 1900s. The industry in this time was bound by the Production Code, which bound films to a certain […]

Cultural Homogeneity

Tim Wu, in The Master Switch, explains that “the age of ‘mass media’ upended by cable television was … a period of unprecedented cultural homogeneity” (214). This quote drove me to want to look at how cultural homogeneity may still exist in the present day. I cannot argue against Wu when he explains that, “since the 1980s, […]

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 […]

A Blast From Our Past: Establishing the Unconventional

For the sake of this post, I must reiterate a point I have stated before, I love film. Film is a incredible medium that allows people to represent positions and personally constructed visions of entertainment to public sources. As 21st century filmmakers, we have the control to produce forms of entertainment, while also sticking to […]

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 […]

The Battle of Conglomerates: Android vs. Apple

Team Android or iPhone? It’s been the age-old question for years… well, since 2008 when the first Android phone was released. As soon as the Android was announced, Steve Jobs trashed it in the New York Times. “Android hurts [Google] more than it helps them . . . it’s just going to divide them and […]