A Real Life Game of Monopoly

I consider myself a Disney fan. I grew up watching all the old 90s animated films, the cartoons, Disney Channel, heck I even went to Disney World…four times. But it never dawned on me how far-reaching the Walt Disney Company was in my media consumption until just a few years ago, when a new episode […]

“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 […]

Liberté, Egalité, Precarité: or, how a quest for flexibility creates a “busy culture”

I'm late! I'm late!

At a school such as Wheaton, where there are ample opportunities for a small and motivated student body, there is a pervasive culture of busy. This idea has been a darling of the media since the early 2010s, garnering critique in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, and Fast Company. I didn’t realize that it was a […]

If You Can’t Be with the One You Love, Love the One You’re With: or, getting through capitalist society to make the art you like

come on, mate!

I was abroad in the spring semester, taking in all that jolly old England and its fair capital of London had to offer. They throw an old adage at tourists, courtesy of Samuel Johnson – “…when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life […]

The Myth of Divine Creativity

Throughout their Introduction to the Creative Industries, Davies and Sigorthosson address a dichotomy that has daunted me since I realized that I wanted to work creatively. This is the separation between the creative and the lucrative. The notion that creativity can manifest itself as intellectual capital that in turn can be transformed into economic capital is not something […]

Empires of Entertainment and Distribution Change

In her book Empires of Entertainment by Jennifer Holt, she covers the span of 15 years in which media companies gained the freedom to merge into giant “Empires of Entertainment”. Holt Focuses mainly on the 1980’s detailing what she believes is the beginning of empires. Stating that Ronald Reagan had influenced the beginning merge of […]

Molding Women into Bigger and Better Consumers?