Uncut, Unconventional, but Ultimately Successful

Podcasting puts more control in the hands of listeners, in the sense that listeners can hypothetically listen to what they want, whenever they want in a way that they can’t with radio broadcasting. Despite this listener freedom that is available with this medium, individual podcast episodes actually have to be very structured. The editing should […]

SCREWING THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY

So what is the MBA? Well the MBA stands for the Minimum Basic Agreement. It’s an agreement for the Writers guild of America. It makes sure the rights of the writers are met. Back in 2007 there was a strike as many of the workers weren’t getting paid any extra when their work ended up […]

The death of compact discs and domination of streaming services

The first commercial compact disc (other wise know as a CD) was created in 1982. According to Statista, CD’s were at their peak in the 2000’s with a total of $943 million in sales, however since 2008 CD sales have dropped year-on-year 9.6 million dollars– a total of 80% in the past decade since the innovation […]

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), […]

T- Series Vs PewdewPie

Just this past February, one of YouTube’s most popular channels, PewdewPie had been beaten by T-Series in terms of most subscribers on YouTube. T-Series is a music record label that comes from India, this should not be surprising to most people since India’s population is about a billion people. India and T-Series also have major […]

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 […]

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 […]