The Water in Which We Swim

Cynthia Littleton’s book TV on Strike: Why Hollywood Went to War Over the Internet contextualized the concepts and ideas we’ve been discussing in class over the last few weeks through providing a real life example of the ways in which the creative class is being exploited by capitalism. Through personal accounts of writers in the […]

Don’t Forget About Gaffers: Where Does Blue-Collar Fit in the No-Collar System?

As you guys know, I’m super into film. So, I wanted to contextualize this reading within a topic I care deeply about for this post. I’ve also have been kind of disappointed with the focus on knowledge workers/”above the line” workers in the creative industries (Of course, it makes sense that we focus on knowledge […]

The Perks of Neo-Bohemia

Yes, I know. Here I am, talking about music again. It’s almost impossible to believe that I once never talked about this thing called music. Like honestly, here I am with yet another blog chiming on and on about what seems like the same idea. But see, with my mind, that is constantly the problem. […]

So Much Beauty in Dirt

While reading Richard Lloyd’s book Neo-Bohemia: Arts and Commerce in The Post Industrial City I was struck by a quote in the chapter entitled “Grit as Glamour” that stated, “the construction of the Wicker Park scene drew upon both local history and the accumulated mythology of the artist in the city as important resources. Young […]

The Creative Class’s Role in Game Production (Or how a $80 Million sequel was beaten out by a $5000 kickstarted game)

I would go to say that video games are creative. Some of them, mind you, but not all. An Italian plumber riding on a dinosaur traveling through a kingdom to save a princess from a giant turtle is creative. An undead knight traversing the land to undo a curse is creative. A US Marine sent […]

The Impact of Filmmaking on Tourism and the Devlopment of Creative Centers

Economist and social scientist Richard L. Florida in his book The Rise of the Creative Class makes the argument that every human is creative. Florida suggests that all jobs should become creative. “The only way forward is to make all jobs creative jobs, infusing service work, manufacturing work, farming, and every other form of human […]

Millennials Shaping the Workplace

In my mind, I thought the Creative Class was limited to those under the stereotypical artist category, but Richard Florida, in The Rise of the Creative Class: Revisited, states,” the distinguishing characteristic of the Creative Class is that its members engage in work whose function is to ‘create meaningful new forms’” (38). So, this definition […]