Transformation of the Film Industry

Part three of Tim Wu’s book, The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires, focuses on the fall of information empires, more specifically monopolies on technology, like that of the film industry during the early 1900s. The industry in this time was bound by the Production Code, which bound films to a certain […]

The Technological Cycle and the Video Game Industry

Tim Wu’s book, The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires, explores the cycle of new technology, in which there is always the potential for something new to come around the corner and usurp power from the current prime technology. For example, when the telephone was invented, the use of telegraphs decreased, and […]

Creative Barriers and the Production of Culture

The creative industries are defined as, “those industries which have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent and which have a potential for wealth and job creation through the generation and exploitation of intellectual property.” According to, “Whats the Creative Industry Doing About Diversity?” approximately 11.4% of industry jobs are filled by black, Asian […]

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 […]