Talk Shows that Talk Bros: the McElroys, the Greens, and the Appeal of the Advicecast

What is it about brothers giving dubious advice that the Internet loves so much? Enter John and Hank Green, and Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy, prominent artists in their own right and all-around digital renaissance men. Of the latter label, Michele Hilmes writes in On a Screen Near You: The New Soundwork Industry that “a Media […]

My Brother, My Brother, My Dad, and Me (and Some DnD) + The “Visual-ness” of Podcasts

Nearly a hundred years ago, radio was that thing that people thought, “Yeah, I guess I’ll listen to that. I’ve got nothing else to do. Plus TV won’t exist for another 30 years.” That’s not exactly how it went down, but it was probably pretty close to that. Regardless, if you were to ask someone […]

Stuff You Should Listen To

Have you ever wanted to learn more about something new? Chances are that at some point in your life, you have either wanted or had to. Perhaps you had to look up historical information for a high school research project or maybe you just wanted to learn more about mermaids. Sometimes, you just get curious […]

It’s Nerf or…Something Cooler!

So while perusing through Etsy, Patreon, and The Grommet,  one of the things that tickled my fancy were Nerf guns. It’s essentially a brand of foam dart guns that kids or bored adults get to shoot other kids or co-workers with. In my case, all my fellow Resident Advisers have purchased themselves a Nerf gun […]

1,000 to 1: Etsy and the Modern Artisan

Since the refinement of the assembly line during the Industrial Revolution, the personalization of manufactured goods has suffered for the sake of decreasing time being produced and increasing quantity consumed. “Handmade” and “personalized” have transformed from being manufacturer’s mission statement to buzzwords. These are hooks used to reel in customers with the fantasy that they […]

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 […]