Of Webisodes and Writer’s Guilds: ABC’s “Lost” and the 2007 Writers’ Strike

I grew up in a family of Lost fans. While the series was airing on ABC from 2004-2010, I distinctly remember witnessing my parents, my older brother, and even my aunts and uncles excitedly discussing theories and episode recaps with one another. While I didn’t watch the show until years after that contentious finale was […]

ASCAP, Music, and Fair Use in New Media

We have come a long way since the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) was founded in 1914. Music industries have blown up so much in the last 2 decades alone; we have gone through phases of new genres, ridden waves of new electronic instrumentation, and been introduced to a plethora of music […]

News as it happens

The Gulf War began a new type of war journalism. CNN were not only the first 24-hour news channel, but also had 24-hour war journalists. This changed journalism, and started an ever increasing expectation to get news as it happens. This not only reached the American audience, but CNN’s coverage of the war was sent […]

My Brother, My Brother, My Dad, and Me (and Some DnD) + The “Visual-ness” of Podcasts

Nearly a hundred years ago, radio was that thing that people thought, “Yeah, I guess I’ll listen to that. I’ve got nothing else to do. Plus TV won’t exist for another 30 years.” That’s not exactly how it went down, but it was probably pretty close to that. Regardless, if you were to ask someone […]

Professor by Day, Professor by Night: Tolarian Community College and Patreon

The modern internet brings many advantages to content creators that the old system of the analog age lacked. One of these affordances is the ease of monetizing content creation and making it a legitimate profession, rather than just a hobby. There are plenty of services and programs that allow content creators to earn their keep, […]

The Writers Strike of 2007-09: Is The Digital Revolution the Only Solution?

THE STRIKE – (Strikes Suck): The 2007-09 writers strike involving the WGAE and WGAW was a movement to gain better conditions for Hollywood screen and TV writers.  While I understand the desire and purpose for striking, and while writers and other no collar workers shouldn’t be exploited, I’ve always been confused as to why workers […]

Technological Society in the Creative Industries

The Beatles. Johnny Cash. Elvis Presley. Frank Sinatra. All of these names are titles for quite important people in music history and one thing that can be said about each and every one of them is that they experienced a very different type of path to stardom than that star singer in our modern generation. […]