Commodifying “Vintage”

Upon opening the Etsy homepage, the viewer is greeted with the following pitch: To me, handcrafted, custom, and unique all go hand-in-hand. So on a site that generally promotes individual creators marketing their original content, where does “vintage”, or resale, fit in? While exploring the “vintage” tab (located on the extreme right of the drop […]

Tiny Desk Concerts at NPR

NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts series began in 2008, a creation of Bob Boilen. He characterizes the Tiny Desk performances as “intimate”, and makes a point to feature both “emerging artists” and “well-known musicians”. Boilen is also creator and host to NPR’s All Songs Considered, and has been bringing his musical influence to NPR since 1988. […]

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 […]

Responsible Reception: The Importance of an Active Audience

Growing up, my parents would always tell me just how lucky I am for growing up in time when we have so much available at the press of a button. Born in the 1950s, they grew up with the major networks: NBC, CBS, and ABC. They watched whatever was on when it was on because […]

Assembly-Line Art

Nearly every century has had its share of creative sparks, but the 20th century somehow managed to produce not only periods of innovation and spectacular creativity, but also sustained high productivity, particularly in industries like music and film. During certain decades of the 1900s, media industries—and their titans—were able to tap into a no-fail formula […]

The Outside Inventor

“The outsider has nothing to lose” (Wu, 20). It is just this mentality that Tim Wu maintains throughout most of his book, The Master Switch, describing the world’s most innovative tech inventors. Wu argues that these creators, the so-called “outside inventors,” function at a distance from business regulations, monetary pressures, and other conditions that affect […]

Ghosting Imagination

Ken Robinson, in his TED talk, “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” makes a crucial distinction between children and adults, highlighting the effects of education on creativity. Robinson claims that children, more than adults, have an expansive imagination and are able to express themselves in more creative ways (Robinson). As we grow, we lose some of our […]