“She’s not sick, she’s a dancer.”

So, I am going to get anecdotal for a second because this quote has been kind of this guiding light since I heard it a few years ago. From the time I was a little girl, I wanted to dance. I knew from the moment I saw Tchaikovsky’s, The Nutcracker that Ballet was the only […]

Your Box of Potential

If you asked me at 14 years old what I saw myself becoming in the future, I would have said something like a veterinarian or dentist. I had no idea what I wanted to be, but at the time, I felt like those occupations were the answers expected of me. At that age we don’t […]

Creative Barriers and the Production of Culture

The creative industries are defined as, “those industries which have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent and which have a potential for wealth and job creation through the generation and exploitation of intellectual property.” According to, “Whats the Creative Industry Doing About Diversity?” approximately 11.4% of industry jobs are filled by black, Asian […]

That’s a sporkful: A podcast for the eater

The political, social and environmental conditions under which people reside often determine how people relate to and consume food. By studying food, we learn about people. This is essentially the narrative of Dan Pashman’s podcast  “The Sporkful.”  Every Tuesday, Dan releases an average 35 minute podcast episode featuring a wide range of guests from neuroscientists […]

Who owns what? Kina Grannis and a fan funded music label

According to John Hartley’s article “Economy + Culture + Technology = Newness,” talent is the product of culture. Through interactions within and among groups, innovation emerges. One important aspect of the temporal nature of the internet, is the feeling as though a user can be a direct contributor to the content of a given producer. […]

Exploitation is Exploitation is Exploitation

Last year I took John Miller’s econ class Sweatshops in the World Economy in which we examined the ongoing impacts of globalization, free trade and capitalism on working conditions both abroad and in the United States. Throughout the semester we were given four definitions of a sweatshop and asked to choose the one we felt […]

Amateur activism, or, classless broadcast

Fellow majors, I address you directly: the time has come for our last official reading. And what a ride it’s been! I know more about the workforce I’ll (hopefully) soon enter than I ever thought possible. This still may not prepare me for a career, but we can dream. Anyhow. The chapters we’re focusing on […]