“Creation requires influence”

With the constant development of technology, three words ‘Copy/Transform/Combined’ have become our newest social resolution. Currently, we exist in a ‘remixed world’ where we share ideas and work together to create bigger and better ones fuelled by influence. Question: Can you think of a movie/song which is exclusively unique without any impact of others? (Awkward silence). Star Wars you might say? Wrong, it follows the outline of the ‘monomyth’ used in Flash Gordorn (1936). Kill Bill? Wrong again! You get the point..

This remix evolution is due to so many developments existing on the worldwide web, and the fact that we are all working with the same ideas/materials. Sometimes by mistake, we end up with the same innovation being  created by entirely different sources; it’s just inevitable,  it’s “multiple discovery”. Take for instance, our BCM112 Blog posts for 2012. Students are working with the same reading materials each week and though the conclusions from the material and writing style may be different, they will ultimately be similar. By reading other class member’s blogs, we can learn and expand on our own ideas without stealing; as “copying is how we learn”.

But is ‘remixing’ an idea classed as an infringement, a form of copyright? I believe not! I do think it’s important to credit the original artist for what we use but if we are simply remixing and not hurting the original content of the piece, we are actually attempting to broadening their audience size and expanding on the idea.We exist in a world where we are growing faster than our copyright laws; regulations  are indeed holding our creativity back. We are not duplicating word for word and stealing ideas, we are simply being influenced while we transform ideas and should be allowed to do so.

Scratching is a good example of taking work (music) from others and creating it into something new and unique without hurting the original piece but it too is under huge debate regarding copyright issues. The Amen Break, the world’s most used 6-sec drum loop and heaps of other beats are constantly used in today’s music in a remixed form.

Many media sites across the web actually embrace the idea of combining work/technology such as the Banksy website who encourages remixing: “copy any Banksy imagery in any way for any kind of personal amusement”. Sharing is  part of the 21st century and is inevitable with the development of the internet. The acceptance of the nerds has also heavily influenced the idea of making sharing easy and accessible through filesharing websites like 4shared and filehippo.

We learnt in this week’s tutorial, to have a read/only approach to technology means we are only watching and not controlling what is happening. We are simply consuming, which ultimately limits our creativity and our knowledge. In contrast, by using the read/write approach through media consumption we can read,  recreate and interpret in our own unique way. We can remix our lives and create new developments from existing ones! I would be happy for readers to Copy, Transform and Combine my blog while creating their own.


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