Escaping Dilbert Syndrome: or, No Freelancing Woman Is an Island

Office humor is a genre in itself — closely related to Dad Jokes, but a little more routine. We see it in Office Space, The Office (both British and American), Dilbert, and in about 50% of cartoons from The New Yorker. It’s what many people who were consuming popular culture could relate to. This sense of camaraderie pervades every […]

The Promises and Pitfalls of Creative Industries

The innovation of the creative industries has disrupted traditional workplace hierarchies and spawned new workplace norms. Many of these changes are positive–Davies and Sigthorsson interview bosses who care about their workers’ happiness, and entrepreneurs who have been able to better control which projects they want to work on by starting their own production companies. Sigthorson […]

Magazines as “Anti-Feminist” and the Undulating Representations of Powerful Women

In today’s modern world, not to know what the word “feminist” means (or at least have a preconceived notion of what it means) would raise many eyebrows. The word and culture of feminism has become a staple in today’s society and a constant in popular media. It is a prominent piece of America’s ever-changing government […]

How to Win the Game of Advertisements

What is a magazine? For Brooke Duffy, author of Remake, Remodel: Women’s Magazines in the Digital Age, the answer is multifaceted. Starting with the “Big Six” magazines of the early twentieth century, Duffy outlines the history of the “glossy,” tracking the transformations of the medium over time and the influence of digital culture on its […]

Remake, Remodel, Redundent?

This week’s reading, “Remake, Remodel: Women’s Magazines in the Digital Age” by Brook Erin Duffy discusses the implications that digitization has on what Henry Jenkins would call “medium-specific paradigms”. The medium-specific paradigm in question is the magazine industry, an industry whose shift from analog into digital is of special import in that it is an industry run […]

Confidence Killers: Cosmo’s Grip on the Female Consumer

Throughout the majority of Duffy’s Remake, Remodel: Women’s Magazines in the Digital Age, the author takes the liberty to comment upon the progress that women have galvanized since the early days of regulated publication. She regards the progress as nothing short of phenomenal, and notes the rise of magazines detailing subjects mostly for and by […]

“Can Women’s Magazines Do Serious Journalism?”

An article on newrepublic.com titled, “Can Women’s Magazines Do Serious Journalism?” by Jessica Grose discusses the overwhelming presence of white males in the publication industry. Women’s magazines get less recognition and The American Society of Editors has only sparingly nominated women for writing awards in the past. “Can Women’s Magazines Do Serious Journalism?” is the question […]