MAYDAY: System Failure

Algorithms maintain a consistent presence within our lives. We constantly encounter them through web searches, ASR devices, and even within our daily jobs. In many ways, algorithms are considered useful and can be considered maps for finishing and processing tasks. What turns useful algorithms into dangerous applications, is when they become embeded into our logical […]

“This is a stickup! Give us all your inspiration!”

“Good artists copy; great artists steal,” goes the maxim of Pablo Picasso. Many would see an irony in these words, given the cubist master’s reputation for generating a wholly unique style. But Picasso might find more common ground with Austin Kleon, a writer and artist who argues (in “How to Steal Like an Artist (And […]

There Isn’t One Right Answer to a Question

Ken Robinson’s Ted Talk “Do Schools Kill Creativity” discusses something that I have found true for years, schools are systemized in a way that caters to only a certain type of student. This topic has interested me so much actually that my senior thesis for my Anthropology degree had a focus on how after school […]

Who owns what? Kina Grannis and a fan funded music label

According to John Hartley’s article “Economy + Culture + Technology = Newness,” talent is the product of culture. Through interactions within and among groups, innovation emerges. One important aspect of the temporal nature of the internet, is the feeling as though a user can be a direct contributor to the content of a given producer. […]

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 […]