Precarious Creatives

New Media, and broadband specifically, has allowed for the creative industries to become more democratized through various sites like Patreon and YouTube. However, the creatives who are working under the constraints of the six conglomerates who dominate the media we consume are often left in a state of precarity as their needs are often left […]

Keeping up with the Technology

Upon reading Littleton’s book ‘TV on Strike: Why Hollywood Went to War Over the Internet’ I felt this huge disconnect from the reading concerning the events that occurred between 2007 and 2008. To be honest I still kind of do. Being around 14 at the time and living thousands of miles away from the United […]

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 […]

Fun Work: What’s the Problem?

I was FaceTiming with my dad yesterday, and in the midst of having a panic attack about trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, he told me that some of the best advice he could give me was to pursue a career that ‘made me feel like I wasn’t going […]

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 […]

Education as the Key to the Growth of Creativity in America

When I think of a career in the creative industries, the first thought that comes to mind is a community of extremely gifted individuals who have the ability to think outside of the box to create meaningful pieces of work that spark thought and conversation. While this may be true, Richard Florida’s examination of the […]

The Myth of Divine Creativity

Throughout their Introduction to the Creative Industries, Davies and Sigorthosson address a dichotomy that has daunted me since I realized that I wanted to work creatively. This is the separation between the creative and the lucrative. The notion that creativity can manifest itself as intellectual capital that in turn can be transformed into economic capital is not something […]