Precarious Creatives

New Media, and broadband specifically, has allowed for the creative industries to become more democratized through various sites like Patreon and YouTube. However, the creatives who are working under the constraints of the six conglomerates who dominate the media we consume are often left in a state of precarity as their needs are often left […]

Writing and Editing Reality

Despite the fact that me and many of my friends and relatives would consider me a cinephile, I still love reality TV. I’d probably consider it one of my guilty pleasures – it’s not smart entertainment, but it’s entertainment nonetheless. To be clear, the types of shows that I like to watch don’t include those […]

Reality TV: The Next Hurdle

Cynthia Littleton vividly describes the rollercoaster ride of the 2007-2008 Writer’s Guild of America strike in her book, TV on Strike: Why Hollywood Went to War Over the Internet. The main goals of the WGA included “achieving jurisdictional gains in new media, reality, and animation,” and while the final outcome of the strike was successful […]

A New World for Reality TV

In 2007, the WGA went on strike against the AMPTP to protest a lack of pay and compensation for Internet-produced work. Because the writers were not working, many distributors turned to reality television as a substitute for scripted shows. These proved to be highly successful, as seen with Survivor. While reality television proved to be a […]