The Joe Rogan Experience

With episode #1380 coming out only two days ago from the publishing of this article, “The Joe Rogan Experience” continues to dominate the podcasting world. The first episode was released on December 24, 2009. The Joe Rogan experience covers everything from comedian culture, professional fighting, technology, and much more to create a versatility that many […]

Mergers: A Strategic Weapon

In current years, merging and acquisition (M&A) activity in TV broadcasting and distribution has been searing up. Consolidation in these industries follow a cyclical pattern, with economic and regulatory policies accelerating or slowing down. A mixture of vertical and horizontal integration and conglomeration, more accurately describes the shifts in political economy and regulatory policy. Below […]

High School Musical: Putting Energy into Synergy

  High School Musical (2006) captures the hearts of a wide audience. The film speaks to children and adults, music and film lovers, teen drama enthusiasts and many more audiences. This ability to capture the hearts of many, is an example of a film that takes advantage of a term called “synergy“. Jennifer Holt, the […]

The Illusion of Choice

The vertical integration of Disney purchasing 21st Century Fox connects well with Holt’s Empires of Entertainment.  Much like when Regan left office in 1989, today’s media industry is adapting through purchases and mergers.  Though mergers and purchases are frequent in today’s media environment, they are not always beneficial to the industry as a whole.   Disney […]

Should Apple Music and Spotify Attempt to Become Vertically Integrated?

From reading Jennifer Holt’s Empires of Entertainment: Media Industries and the Politics of Deregulation, 1980-1996 it is clear to see that broadcast, cable, and film were clearly defined industries that competed with each other before they became interconnected with the rise of media conglomerates. As Holt puts it: “film studios combined with broadcast networks (Fox), […]

How Instagram Is a Creative Industry

With every innovation comes the capacity to do something new. The invention of the pen and paper made it plausible for nearly anyone to write, the smart phone afforded its users the ability to easily photograph, and the development of Instagram, the widely used social media platform, not only made it possible for its users […]

Evolution of the Bestselling Album

I can still fondly remember buying my first CD when I was a kid, from unwrapping it, to delicately placing the disc into my portable CD player, and then proceeding to play it from first to last track so many times that it became riddled with scratch marks and was eventually unplayable. That album contained […]