Talk Shows that Talk Bros: the McElroys, the Greens, and the Appeal of the Advicecast

What is it about brothers giving dubious advice that the Internet loves so much? Enter John and Hank Green, and Justin, Travis, and Griffin McElroy, prominent artists in their own right and all-around digital renaissance men. Of the latter label, Michele Hilmes writes in On a Screen Near You: The New Soundwork Industry that “a Media […]

The Art of the Video Essay

WHAT? A video essay is, in the most basic sense, an observational essay read aloud and combined with some kind of visual component. WHO? There are a decent amount of video essay creators throughout the internet. Some noteworthy examples of video essay creators include Every Frame a Painting, and Channel Criswell. The one I would like […]

It’s Nerf or…Something Cooler!

So while perusing through Etsy, Patreon, and The Grommet,  one of the things that tickled my fancy were Nerf guns. It’s essentially a brand of foam dart guns that kids or bored adults get to shoot other kids or co-workers with. In my case, all my fellow Resident Advisers have purchased themselves a Nerf gun […]

Issa Rae, Crowdfunding Queen

Like many a creative in today’s entertainment industry, Issa Rae wears a lot of hats: producer, writer, actress, and most recently, Covergirl, just to name a few. You may know her best as the creator and star of the HBO series Insecure, a comedy-drama that explores the contemporary black female experience through the best friendship of […]

Phelous – Small Success on Patreon

Relatively, Phelous’s Patreon is quite successful. Other creators, such as Kinda Funny, have a larger fan base. Kinda Funny has – at this time – 6,772 patrons, and their rewards are much higher. Phelous, by contrast, has 336 patrons, with much smaller rewards; however, Phelous has the advantage of making low-budget content with the aid of a small, yet loyal community of fans.

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 Secret Success of Nathan Rabin

When discussion of writing regarding Patreon began in class, my mind flared with excitement, because I knew exactly who I wanted to write about: Nathan Rabin, a film and pop culture writer I had admired for years, who just recently launched his own Patreon page some months previous. Rabin was the first head writer of […]