A Culture of Our Own: On the Democratizing Nature of User-Created Art Platforms

Thanks to online platforms for creating, distributing, and promoting user-created content, and with the arrival of user-driven monetization, independent and amateur creators are in greater control of their work than ever before.

Hello all! None of you expressed any preferences or opinions in last week’s open forum, so I’m just gonna keep doing my own thing.

I want to tell you a story of my teen and pre-teen years. It started with Shakira and 50 Cent, and ended it with Fall Out Boy at their peak and Lady Gaga just beginning to explode.

Despite those groups getting tons of airplay and radio play, from Cry Me a River to Paparazzi, I didn’t know many people who were into that stuff. Mainstream music and radio was a thing that “other” people liked. Throughout middle school, my friends and I were digging Linkin Park, Good Charlotte, Story of the Year, Evanescence, lostprophets, and others.

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And Now For Something Completely Different

Hello all! I’m sorry if you were expecting a blog post today. I was looking at my blog viewership statistics today and I couldn’t help but notice the wide variation in what people seem to be reading here. Click inside for my proposition.

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The Avengers: Infinity War – The Strengths and Pitfalls of Comic Book Continuity on Film

Hello everyone, and welcome back for another movie review! For many of you, this is probably the movie event of the year. As is tradition:

WARNING: Spoilers ahead. If that’s a problem for you, do not click into this post.

Seen it already or don’t care about being spoiled? Well then go ahead on in.

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