“America for Sale!” or Japan was Engaging in Normal Mass Media Strategy but the U.S. is Racist

At the start of the 90’s, Hollywood was facing a crisis. For a long time, Hollywood had been alone (or at least thought it was alone) as a giant in the film industry, untouched by outside forces. Hollywood had become as American as apple pie. And yet, companies from across the globe were beginning to […]

The Entertainment Race

Since the beginning of the 20th, companies in the film industry have been in a competitive race to capitalize on as many revenue streams as possible and be the top media giants in the country. In Empires of Entertainment: Media Industries and the Politics of Deregulation, 1980-1996, Jennifer Holt suggests when Warner Bros released the […]

Change in the Creative Age

Hollywood has been the central point of mainstream media since its conception, but now with the continued development of the Creative Age, the focal point of mainstream media may be shifting towards something else.  Maybe because I am part of a generation that spends all their time on the internet, but most of the conversation […]

Hollywood and Propaganda

When the world was surveyed about who is the biggest threat to world peace, the United States of America was picked as the biggest threat.  According to Tanner Mirrlees in Global Entertainment Media: Between Cultural Imperialism and Cultural Globalization, “[f]ollowing World War II, the old European empires began to crumble.  The world system’s center of […]

“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 […]

Self-Doubt In Hollywood and Beyond

  As we approach the end of our fourth year at Wheaton, we are all feeling a mix of emotions. Right now, excitement, anxiety, bee screaming terror (don’t worry I’ll get back to Nicolas Cage later) battle against each other, as we one day hope to feel security in the career paths we have chosen. […]

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, […]