Independent Study: Social Media Handbook

I’m so excited to finally be able to share the final version of the social media handbook that I created for Keicher s.r.l. as my final semester independent study! I spent many weeks… Continue reading

My Senior Capstone Video Essay: Premediation and Terrorism

Hyperreality in the 21st Century

  Jean Baudrillard (1929-2007) was a French sociologist, philosopher and cultural theorist whose work is most frequently associated with postmodernism and post-structuralism. He began his theoretical work as an attempt to build on… Continue reading

Disney and the American Dream

The influence of the Disney enterprise cannot be ignored. Every child growing up in America since the 1940s is very familiar with this ubiquitous empire. Disney films are known to portray and reinforce… Continue reading

A Technological Revolution in Perception

In the movement from classical art to modern art, new values arose including perceptual, formal and exhibition. A technological revolution in perception occurred. Walter Benjamin in his essay The Work of Art in… Continue reading

Examining Subcultures: The Hipster

The field of study on subcultures is a rich and complicated one. Born with the purpose of separating themselves from the larger culture and resisting the mainstream of the time, subcultures can seem… Continue reading

Analysis: Sly & the Family Stone

Similar to Theodor Adorno’s distinction between popular music and serious music, Keightley argues that authenticity is the most important value that distinguishes rock culture from mainstream popular music, and even one that draws… Continue reading

Analysis: What’d I Say – Ray Charles

At the end of a performance in late 1958, Ray Charles spontaneously composed a song in front of an audience after he and his orchestra had exhausted their set list for the night… Continue reading

Interactive Audiences in the Digital Age: The Colbert Report

This show is not about me. No, this program is dedicated to you, the heroes. And who are the heroes? The people who watch this show, average hard-working Americans. You’re not the elites,… Continue reading

Italian Cinema: L’Eclisse and La Decima Vittima

The Esposizione Universale Romana (EUR) was built with anniversarial intentions, to be the host for the 1941 World’s Fair and to celebrate twenty years of fascism. A product of the Fascist regime or… Continue reading