Madea Franchise : Born by Accident

Madea, a one time character from I Can Do Bad All By Myself turned into an audience’s favorite. In 2000 Tyler Perry introduced Madea. The tell you how it is, marijuana-smoking, badass grandmother that a lot of people relate to. In 2001 Perry featured Madea in his play Diary of a Mad Black Woman. Then […]

The Krono’s Effect: Monopolizing Information

AT&T does not play any games when it comes to sustaining its position as an imperial, monopolistic force. This was painfully apparent after reading Wu’s book, The Master Switch, which situates the history of innovation, industry, and information technologies within the theoretical frameworks of the Krono’s effect. In Greek mythology, Kronos, the second ruler of […]

Yielding YouTubers: The Buy Out of Multichannel Networks and the Decline of Independent User-Generated Content

Many would claim that the internet serves as the final frontier for various reasons, such as freedom of usage without restrictive marketing implications or content-based regulations by government implementation. Though we currently live in an age where we live in fear of losing these freedoms due to corporate lobbying, we can slightly still hold a […]

Work It Out: Company Culture and the Construction of Entertainment Empires

In her book, Empires of Entertainment: Media Industries and the Politics of Deregulation, Jennifer Holt discusses the development of broadcasting networks and cable in the modern age, specifically focusing on the process of deregulation. Beginning with the presidency of Richard Nixon in 1969, the elimination of regulatory rules that limited entertainment companies’ ability to integrate […]

The HBO Empire and “The Business of Creating Addicts”

Jennifer Holt’s Empires of Entertainment: Media Industries and the Politics of Deregulation (1980-1996) is certainly a successful and exhaustive journey into the depths of American entertainment as we know it today. Firmly rooted in political and economical details and evidence, Empires of Entertainment closely examines the slow process of deregulation that worked its way through various media industries, […]