Branding the Arts

Studies claim that the Internet is making people stupid; that the access to information and the rise of texting is going to cause a perfect storm of illiteracy and attention deficit disorder. Is the answer branded arts and literature? … Read More

Vikings, Pirates and Ninjas, Oh My

In the summer of 2007, two major genres of the pop subculture came to a close. It was the last installment of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean as well as the release of the final Harry Potter book. And even though “Talk Like a Pirate Day” is still around and we’re still having fun with the concept of plundering the seven seas, the love of all things pirate has all but vanished. … Read More

Pop Goes the Subculture

We all know Twilight is making some serious cash, and that everyone else is cashing in on the vampire craze too. But, what made it a craze, what came before it, and what’s coming up to battle the vampire out for box office and teen obsessive glory; when subculture and cult classics get re-spun into modern characters, anything can become a pop-subculture smash. Welcome to part one of a three-part look at the world of subculture pop culture. … Read More