Lon Harris

Lon Harris is a contributor to Passionfruit. His work has also appeared on Dot.LA, ScreenJunkies, RottenTomatoes, and Inside Streaming.

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How different apps and services are figuring out revenue sharing

Not just payouts but consistent earnings are key for full-time creators.

On Oct 19, 2023 by Lon Harris

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As big brands look for the door, is YouTube really for creators?

YouTube is having a bit of an identity crisis.

On Oct 12, 2023 by Lon Harris

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Paramount put ‘Mean Girls’ on TikTok. Here’s why it matters.

In vertical video, cut up into 20+ pieces, just as the filmmakers intended.

On Oct 5, 2023 by Lon Harris

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The never-ending fight to moderate the internet for kids

This week's news cycle sends chills down the spines of parents everywhere. But can we protect kids without ruining the internet?

On Sep 21, 2023 by Lon Harris

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It’s Solidarity September as Hollywood strikes rage on

Both sides are just waiting for the opposition to crumble.

On Sep 14, 2023 by Lon Harris

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Pat McAfee brings his YouTube show to ESPN

Why produce your own show when you can buy one from YouTube?

On Sep 7, 2023 by Lon Harris

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Why the Streamy Awards put some viewers to sleep

Just trying to be YouTube’s Golden Globes might not be enough for this internet awards show.

On Aug 31, 2023 by Lon Harris

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MrBeast’s world map kicks off international controversy

YouTube’s #1 U.S. creator can’t seem to catch a break.

On Aug 24, 2023 by Lon Harris


Is MovieTok replacing film criticism? No, no it’s not

Why direct comparisons between TikTok reviewers and critics like Pauline Kael don’t work.

On Aug 17, 2023 by Lon Harris

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Marvel VFX artists take the first step toward unionizing, signaling far-reaching effects across entertainment and media

Should all creative laborers just go on strike? Let’s discuss.

On Aug 10, 2023 by Lon Harris

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MrBeast wants to shut down his cloud kitchens

No one wants a MrBeast Burger, including the guy who invented them

On Aug 3, 2023 by Lon Harris

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Try what in a small town, exactly?: Country star Jason Aldean’s controversy highlights the rise of citizen journalism

You’re as likely to hear the latest update about Jason Aldean’s problematic behavior on TikTok as you are on CNN.

On Jul 27, 2023 by Lon Harris

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The SAG-AFTRA strike highlights our blurry distinctions between reviewers, influencers, and fans

The SAG-AFTRA strike draws attention to just how vague some of our definitions are surrounding digital media creators are.

On Jul 20, 2023 by Lon Harris

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How McDonald’s successfully turned us all into brand ambassadors: The Grimace Shake pushes the limits of branded virality

Sure, now we know the McDonald’s mascot is a taste bud … but at what cost?

On Jul 6, 2023 by Lon Harris

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Shein trip gone wrong highlights the potential hazards of creator brand deals

It’s important to learn when to say “no” to that lucrative promotional offer.

On Jun 28, 2023 by Lon Harris