How Blockbuster Failed to Adapt

Before streaming services dominated the media consumption market, brick-and-mortar stores existed where people could go to rent DVDs and VHS tapes. In 1977, the first video-rental store was opened. Video rental stores quickly grew in popularity and became a massive revenue source for the movie industry. And “by 1992, Blockbuster was the undisputed video-rental leader” […]

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 […]

My Own Special Take on “TV on Strike”

Television recently should be very uptight because for once they have competition. Cynthia Littleton in her book, TV on Strike: Why Hollywood Went to War Over the Internet, talks about how “in the new media paradigm, television programming that was once exclusive to a single licencor is slowly but surely becoming a commodity…” (Littleton, 1). […]