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Hamilton: An All-Inclusive Musical

Broadway has been around for decades and is still a very prominent part of American entertainment today. Each year, shows on Broadway, located in the heart of Midtown Manhattan, attract millions of people from all over the world, last year’s attendance reaching an all time high of over 13,270,343 people. Even with

The Meaning of Victory

Nike, the Greek goddess of victory, is the inspiration behind the most iconic athletic brand in the world. The infamous swoosh has branded athletes for years. What appears to be a simple swoosh mark, is actually an icon worth billions. The worth of the Nike swoosh isn’t due to an

The Evolution of the Disney Villain: Maleficent

Modern society has been changing the role of villains in film. Villains in early cinema fulfilled the archetype of evil in order to oppose the archetypes of good, the heroes. However, villains in film have been changing drastically over the past century including Disney villains. Although Disney hosts a myriad

How the “typical family” has changed

Family TV shows have always been popular, and, whether audiences have known it or not, they have always sent a message through their portrayal of the "typical family." Leave it to Beaver is a TV show set in the late 1950s that portrays a functional, white, middle class family. The shows

Starting Out on a Journey: The Legend of Anastasia

Myths and legends have been apart of human history since the beginning of time. Stories of heroes overcoming obstacles and giving hope to the people who believe that all is lost. But the stories that stick with us most of all are the stories that we relate to. The stories

An Analysis of Inception

Few films have gained such a stranglehold upon the public's imagination that even the very name of the movie has come to be used as a descriptive noun.  A winner of four Academy Awards and grossing $800 million world-wide, Inception is one of these films. Through his clever usage of alternate realities within people's dreams,

America’s Iconic Bad Boys & Dreams of Freedom

Today, the development of the anti-hero in the media portrays America's obsession with freedom. Freedom is an empowering ideal in our society today because in our country, everyone has freedom, and therefore, in theory, one should be able to live their life however they please. An anti-hero's definition of freedom

Blurred Lines Between Good and Evil

Dorothy and her beloved dog Toto in the Wizard of Oz became a pop culture icon for decades. This light-hearted heroic story included a lovable protagonist as well as a stereotypical antagonist, the Wicked Witch of the West. Decades later, the Broadway Musical, Wicked, recounts this old tale from a

“Hitch” – A Hero Myth

Why do we all love the movie Hitch? Perhaps it is because we love seeing two people who never thought they'd find love find each other instead. Perhaps it is because we love seeing the nerdy, unattractive guy get the rich, beautiful girl (for once). Perhaps it is because we love seeing a humorous reenactment

Selling Beauty

I've been in a great number of Sephoras, but this was my first time inside the 5th Avenue store. Sephora doesn't sell beauty products; they sell beauty, especially in the large downtown stores. Luxurious packaging and branding leaves consumers feeling pampered and confident as they purchase products and walk back into

The Sweetest Store in NYC: Dylan’s Candy Bar

Dylan’s Candy Bar is a store full of colorful candies and rich chocolates. Targeting young children and their parents, Dylan’s Candy Bar is full of colorfully packaged treats that go perfectly with the bright patterned walls. Dylan’s creates a Willy Wonka feel to bring in consumers and entice them to

In the lush lap of eco-friendly luxury

Lush specializes in organic, humane, and unique skin and haircare products. Individuality is the strength of the brand. Lush is cosmetic heaven for those who want original, earth-conscious products. The floors and counters are made of rough-hewn, unstained wood. Handwriting on chalkboards is used to identify the name and price of

Urban Outfitter’s Millennial “Hipster”

Urban Outfitters is the utopia of stores for the quintessential “hipster” and calls the attention of all Instagram-trendy millennials. Urban’s product packaging design attracts a target market of teens and those in their early twenties. Urban Outfitter’s use of product packaging creates an alternative, retro, and vintage style that contributes

The Real Little Italy of New York

Eataly is a magical Italian grocery store filled with delis and restaurants. It is a store that targets people who love Italian food, or who want to love it. A system of signs is created through the packaging, décor, and design of the store, giving customers a fairy tale Italian experience.

Justice and Wonder Woman

Almost every little kid dreams of growing up and becoming a superhero – a Superman with super strength and the ability to fly, a Batman cleaning the streets of crime, or even a Spiderman swinging around New York City. It has been proven that we love a good story about

Einstein, the Refugee

Refugee - a controversial word in today's divisive politics. This advertisement was part of a series of advertisements for Genius, a National Geographic TV show. It caught my attention because it was a series of multiple posters which were all the same, the only differences were the words on the

Pop Commentary: Starry Night

In 1889, Van Gogh painted “Starry Night” while he was seeking treatment in Saint Rémy, a mental asylum in France. Starry Night is perhaps one of his most famous and elusive works. Unlike most of Van Gogh’s works, Starry Night was painted from memory and not outdoors, since he was

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