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 […]

The Rise of Technology: The Snapper vs. The Photographer

By far, my favorite form of social media is Instagram. In my free time, I’m usually multitasking, and it’s involved a good 80% of the time.  I love going through peoples photos, as I see photography as the best form of personal expression. When I’m on Instagram, though, it’s clear to see the difference between […]

The Writers Strike of 2007-09: Is The Digital Revolution the Only Solution?

THE STRIKE – (Strikes Suck): The 2007-09 writers strike involving the WGAE and WGAW was a movement to gain better conditions for Hollywood screen and TV writers.  While I understand the desire and purpose for striking, and while writers and other no collar workers shouldn’t be exploited, I’ve always been confused as to why workers […]

Devil Wears Prada – The Creative World and a Damn Good Movie

You know that song Suddenly I See by KT Tunstall? You know, the one that starts out with the lyrics, “Her face is a map of the world/Is a map of the world/You can see she’s a beautiful girl/She’s a beautiful girl”? Well, whether you know the song or you don’t, whenever I hear this […]

Genuine Art: Indie Films and Over Saturation of Film Concepts

What does it take to make a genuinely original film?  Hollywood’s [6] major studios constantly remake books and other pieces of media into film.  On top of that you have genuinely passionate screenwriters who essentially have no legitimate say in the creation of the film, due to producers directors etc. and who can barely make […]

“No stars, just talent:” or, how the Indie Film was won by Hollywood and changed its identity

There’s a scene about halfway through Robert Altman’s The Player in which studio executive Griffin Mill (Tim Robbins) is listening to the pitch of two idealist screenwriters. The story is compelling, but the screenwriters are adamant that the film not contain any stars, and that it not resolve itself. In a comment that’s a little on the […]

Risking It All In Hollywood: Intense Hope That Success Is Around The Corner

Put yourself is James Cameron’s shoes for a minute.  Third highest paid director in Hollywood, with a net worth of 700 million, nothing compared to the two ahead of him being Spielberg and Lucas with 3 Billion (with a B, no typo) and 3.25 Billion respectively.  I’ll come back to this idea in a bit, […]