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 […]

AT&T and Time Warner: Attack of the Corporate Giants

If you consume your current events and worldly affairs with a hint of humor and sarcasm, than you may have heard of a man named John Oliver. In Sn 4 Ep 24 of his show, Last Week Tonight, which aired on September 24, 2017, he addresses the rise in corporate mergers which makes big business […]

Finding My Place

For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to live in the United Kingdom. I think it has a lot to do with the British television I watched growing up, the British literature I read throughout high school, and the British bands I listen to, such as the Beatles and the Arctic Monkeys. For […]

The Psychopathic Corporation

While reading Tanner Mirrlees’s book Global Entertainment Media: Between Cultural Imperialism and Cultural Globalization, I couldn’t help but be reminded of Mark Achbar and Jennifer Abbott’s documentary The Corporation (2003), a film I watched my sophomore year for Third Cinema. In Chapter Two, Mirrlees examines the media corporation and the relationship between the owning class […]

Is Hollywood on the move?

Tom Schatz discusses the new era of Hollywood within his chapters in McDonald and Wasko’s edited anthology The Contemporary Hollywood Film Industry. He examines the way in which the film industries’ centrality has moved cross culturally from Hollywood to the rest of the United States and beyond, he states, “because of the proliferation of film […]

Modern Hollywood: The Impact of Deregulation on Technology and Ownership within the Industry

While reading McDonald and Wasko’s edited anthology, The Contemporary Hollywood Film Industry this week I really struggled to encapsulate all of the concepts touched on in the selected chapters into one idea. I finally after much contemplation came to the realization that any idea or outside example I chose to focus on would in some way […]

Ultimate Insiders: Supernatural, Fandom and Viewer Gratification

Through reading the many essays surrounding fans, fandom and Supernatural, I have come to realize just how large of a role the show has played in my own life. There was an Entertainment Weekly magazine released in 2005 that had a removable, interactive ad featuring the infamous Impala and revved up upon opening. At 12 […]

Remake, Refine: A Brief Analysis of Refinery29

It has been incredible to watch as women’s publishing – or publishing for women and publishing of women – has grown from the arguably low-browedness of Cosmopolitan, Seventeen and People to include the empowering and still feminized likes of Jezebel, For Harriet and Refinery29. I remember being a child and remarking at the profound stupidity […]

Barbie’s Break into the Comic Book World: Global Franchising and Catering to New Generations

In Derek Johnson’s book, Media Franchising: Creative License and Collaboration in the Culture Industries, Johnson discusses the various methods one can take in studying and analyzing the growing corporate conglomerations use of franchising as a boundless and ever expanding form of marketing and remarketing a focal creative product. Johnson describes perspectives in which some critics […]

Deregulation & Disruption: A Tyrannical Cycle

Jennifer Holt’s Empires of Entertainment: Media Industries and the Politics of Deregulation, 1980-1996 presents a case-by-case narrative of rampant and farcical capitalism through an American lens, packed with media moguls and expansive conglomerates. Holt rightly states that: “[This was a] Gilded Era for the entertainment industry — one that witnessed unprecedented growth, new developments, and […]