The Activision Blizzard layoffs and the ‘Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall’

Christian Patterson2019-02-15Underground MallSupplemental Introduction:I posted this on reddit and got some pushback, so before the post, I wanted to clarify a few things, because the pushback was rooted in misunderstanding my approach:1. This post is through the lens of the Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall (TRPF) in general. Although I'm approachimg it … Continue reading The Activision Blizzard layoffs and the ‘Tendency of the Rate of Profit to Fall’

Episode analysis: The Office “Boys and Girls” – the intersection of gender and class

Christian Patterson2019-02-08Underground Mall I wanted to do a quick Marxist reading of an episode of The Office. I was struck by how this episode has a lot to say about class and gender. The episode opens with women's day at the office, where corporate ballbuster Jan comes in to lead a very Cheryl Sandberg version … Continue reading Episode analysis: The Office “Boys and Girls” – the intersection of gender and class

Marxist reading of the reality show Big Brother, and Social Capital

Christian Patterson2019-02-06Underground Mall Usually, the tv show Big Brother is analyzed from a psychological perspective. A lot of this analysis is focused on things like surveillance, the Stanford Prison Experiment, and Lord of the Flies. But I've never read a Marxist analysis of the show, and since Celebrity Big Brother is going on right now, I will … Continue reading Marxist reading of the reality show Big Brother, and Social Capital

Vince Mcmahon’s untapped goldmine

Christian Patterson 2019-01-03 Underground Mall WWE are truly elaborating on their product as a platform. The Network is WWE's Netflix-like streaming platform, but there's a lot more to the WWE platform than just the Network. WWE has non-televised house shows (which will soon be on the Network for $5 more). They also have the mix-gender … Continue reading Vince Mcmahon’s untapped goldmine