From the Famous to the Unknown

Growing up I can remember the day my mom’s best friend Shannon was accepted to be a member of the Screen Actor’s Guild. We were all almost as excited as the time she got the part as an extra in 27 Dresses, the scene she’s in shown below. But even though she is part of […]

We deserve it.

Rights and money have crossed paths in various forms of history, whether it being undeserved, deprived, or in the Writers Guild of America (WGA) during 2007-2008 case, credit. A guild is an association of artisans or merchants who oversee the practice of their work in a particular area. “Guilds have historically been seen by actors, […]

If Video Killed the Radio Star, What Killed the Video?

  The near-extinction of Blockbuster came as a surprise for many. It wasn’t long ago that “Blockbuster was practically untouchable,” says Jennifer Holt, author of Empires of Entertainment: Media Industries and the Politics of Deregulation, 1980-1996. According to her, it once dominated the home video market, owning 25% of existing video stores and still earning […]

News as it happens

The Gulf War began a new type of war journalism. CNN were not only the first 24-hour news channel, but also had 24-hour war journalists. This changed journalism, and started an ever increasing expectation to get news as it happens. This not only reached the American audience, but CNN’s coverage of the war was sent […]

Not all Urban Legends are Just Stories

Have you ever wondered about the stories and myths we hear all around us? The ones told to us as children or the ones that are spoken only in whispers. “If you see your doppelganger it’s a bad omen” , did you ever wonder about where the phrase “skeletons in the closet”  comes from? Well Just a […]

A New World for Reality TV

In 2007, the WGA went on strike against the AMPTP to protest a lack of pay and compensation for Internet-produced work. Because the writers were not working, many distributors turned to reality television as a substitute for scripted shows. These proved to be highly successful, as seen with Survivor. While reality television proved to be a […]

Escaping Dilbert Syndrome: or, No Freelancing Woman Is an Island

Office humor is a genre in itself — closely related to Dad Jokes, but a little more routine. We see it in Office Space, The Office (both British and American), Dilbert, and in about 50% of cartoons from The New Yorker. It’s what many people who were consuming popular culture could relate to. This sense of camaraderie pervades every […]