VFX Rockstars

Pretty much all hit movies and TV shows these days contain some sort of VFX or CGI elements which contributed to making that project a success. Star Wars, Jurassic World, Harry Potter, Arrow, Boardwalk Empire, and Game of Thrones are all hit movies and TV shows that wouldn’t be nearly as successful had it not been […]

The Guild Strikes Back – The Writer’s Guild of America and Their Duty to Organized Labor

The writer’s strike of 2007 is one of the most discussed labor movements of the last 50 years. Why wouldn’t it be? Television has become such an integral part of the daily routine for millions of people around the nation, and the strike did so much to impact that routine. Do you see the problem […]

Micro Housing and Its Benefits

In Andrew Ross’ book, Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times, I found that the issues he raised in reference to labor and sustainability connected with some previous topics we’ve been discussing in class. I want to first bring to your attention one of the many reality TV shows […]

Converting Industrial Spaces into Post-Industrial Livelihoods

Andrew Ross’ Nice Work If You Can Get It: Life and Labor in Precarious Times looks at the global workplace and finds an emerging pattern of labor instability. Ross examines case studies of workers in all realms of work from the emerging creative class of high wage professionals to the multitude of temporary, migrant, or […]

The Semiotics of Compromise

The message is clear. We all need to learn how to communicate better. Miscommunication and fear defines negative interactions. Experience and education define the ways that we interpret and understand one another. It’s a basic idea of semiotics: the tree that I imagine when I say the word ‘tree’ isn’t the same one that you imagine. If […]

Here’s a Tip

A bit about the history of gratuity.   Although the precise origin is not agreed upon, tipping began as an aristocratic habit in Europe sometime around the 1600’s. Some historical accounts of tipping provide accounts of detailing how European aristocrats would hire bodyguards for protection and would give extra coins along the way to guarantee […]

Fronteer Strategy: A European Case Study

While reading Andrew Ross’ book, No Collar: The Humane Workplace and Its Hidden Costs, I thought back to the new media class I took abroad. The founder of a consulting firm based in Amsterdam was one of the first speakers to visit our class early on in the semester. When he first described his company, […]