Has Halloween commercialisation gone too far?

With Halloween having passed us, and with Christmas on the horizon, it is interesting to examine its history and how it has become a modern commercialised holiday. Since mid-September, every supermarket in Britain has been slowly filled with various essential Halloween supplies. This is impossible to miss: sweets, pumpkins, witches’ broomsticks, and fake spiders webs […]


Celebrity Status: Commercialisation and the Spirit of the Fringe

Decades before two Wired editors famously coined the term crowdsourcing as the trend-setting buzzword of 2005 and beyond, offline peer production came to define contemporary theatre through the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the alternative arts juggernaut that rips through the Scottish capital every August. What started as an unwelcome band of theatre companies defying convention spawned […]