The Illusion of Choice

The vertical integration of Disney purchasing 21st Century Fox connects well with Holt’s Empires of Entertainment.  Much like when Regan left office in 1989, today’s media industry is adapting through purchases and mergers.  Though mergers and purchases are frequent in today’s media environment, they are not always beneficial to the industry as a whole.   Disney […]

Another Take on Synergy

What it is? Where do we see it? And how has it influenced our access to media? The first image that appears in my mind upon hearing the word synergy, is the act of working together. I think about that harmonious scene from Elf  when the camera zooms onto the table in the middle of Santa’s work shop […]

Facebook Isn’t Your Friend: Blind Trust in Tech Giants is the People Relinquishing Power

In a blog post of mine from last week, I looked at the nature of data, particularly Big Data, in the realm of ethics and humanity. Is data losing its humanity because of the way we collect and process it? Does that make it unethical? Or maybe it makes it more ethical. I was not […]

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 […]

From Radio to Podcasts: Looking at Wu’s Cycle in the Medium of Audio

Growing up, I never really thought about taking time out of my day to listen to the radio. The only time that I actually interfaced with this medium in my formative years, was when my parents would listen to music or the traffic and weather report on long car rides. That all changed a couple […]

A Real Life Game of Monopoly

I consider myself a Disney fan. I grew up watching all the old 90s animated films, the cartoons, Disney Channel, heck I even went to Disney World…four times. But it never dawned on me how far-reaching the Walt Disney Company was in my media consumption until just a few years ago, when a new episode […]

The Magic of Disney

Like many others, I grew up watching Disney films. Year after year I would fall in love with these animated films where magic was real and, sometimes, animals could talk. I would gush over the Disney princesses – even deciding that my favorite princess was Aurora from Sleeping Beauty due to the three fairies watching […]