creators

We need diverse film and television crews too

9 April, 2016 // 0 Comments

With the January announcements of the Oscar nominations, there was a glaring problem: The demographic makeup of the nominees. People called out race in particular, but disability and gender were also huge issues, along with pretty much all axes of ...

Bad people can make good things

16 April, 2015 // 0 Comments

Chinatown (1974) is, unarguably, one of the greatest movies in 20th century US film, and it’s routinely listed as one of the finest examples of 20th century filmmaking worldwide. It’s a brilliantly executed, wonderfully realised, ...

Tumblr’s Creditless Culture

30 September, 2014 // 0 Comments

Tumblr is one of the most fascinating, frustrating, confusing media platforms I’ve ever used — and it regularly seems to defy any kind of known logic and understanding for others, too. Ostensibly, Tumblr is a microblogging platform, ...

Why Do Male Creators Get Such A Pass?

17 May, 2014 // 0 Comments

I’ve been following the works of Joss Whedon — and writing about them — for over a decade. An avid Buffy, Angel, and Firefly fan, I’ve watched his creations multiple times, picked them apart, put them back together, and ...

Journalism is Still Important

29 August, 2013 // 0 Comments

I was shocked in May of this year when the Chicago Sun-Times laid off its entire photojournalism department at one stroke, effectively putting an end to a long and storied department with a rich and complex culture. Obviously, many of the ...

Creators, Fans, and Social Media Relationships

29 June, 2013 // 0 Comments

Earlier this year, Rob Thomas broke all kinds of records with a Kickstarter campaign to make a Veronica Mars movie. When I first saw the campaign and the ambitious goals, I wasn’t sure if he could do it. He ended up meeting his goal within the ...

Separating Creators From Their Work

24 February, 2013 // 0 Comments

What a person creates can tell you a lot about that person; how that person thinks and believes, for example, how that person thinks about art and expression, how well that person works with others. It can provide you with glimpses into who that ...

Where Are All the Disabled Creators?

19 February, 2012 // 0 Comments

Three years ago, I asked readers: ‘Where are all the people with disabilities?‘ in television and pop culture. It’s something I’ve been exploring, poking at, pondering, and writing about ever since, because it’s a ...

Attack of the Fanpeople!

30 June, 2011 // 0 Comments

I was recently having a conversation with Annaham about the role of very aggressive fans in pop culture, and in how people talk about and engage with the creators of pop culture. The fans I speak of are the ones who believe their creators can do no ...