How Batman and the Bros. Modeled Media Conglomerates

The media industry was sent into a frenzy when Time, Inc. and Warner Communication’s Inc. announced a merger between the two media giants, right on the heels of Warner Bros. release of Batman in the summer of 1988. The film possessed not only a chart-topping soundtrack, but also the first of many successful DC Comics character […]

Cultural Homogeneity

Tim Wu, in The Master Switch, explains that “the age of ‘mass media’ upended by cable television was … a period of unprecedented cultural homogeneity” (214). This quote drove me to want to look at how cultural homogeneity may still exist in the present day. I cannot argue against Wu when he explains that, “since the 1980s, […]

“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 […]

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 […]

“Guilding” Our Way to Success

To be completely honest, I didn’t know what a guild was until about a week ago. I’ve heard of “Actors Guild” and “Writers Guild” but I never understood the term. To completely understand the importance of Guild’s I’ll define it for you. Guild (noun): an organization of peoples with related interests, goals, etc., especially one formed […]

HBO And The Film Industry: A Love Story

The first time that I watched an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm, I couldn’t stop laughing for the entire half hour. It was like watching an episode of Seinfeld with no restrictions on the writing or the characters’ actions. Never before had I seen a T.V. show that was so creatively free, and I would […]

“America for Sale!” or Japan was Engaging in Normal Mass Media Strategy but the U.S. is Racist

At the start of the 90’s, Hollywood was facing a crisis. For a long time, Hollywood had been alone (or at least thought it was alone) as a giant in the film industry, untouched by outside forces. Hollywood had become as American as apple pie. And yet, companies from across the globe were beginning to […]