Dystimulation

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rip! a remix manifesto

I had the pleasure of viewing Brett Gaylor‘s documentary, Rip! A Remix Manifesto earlier this week. His report on the battle between remix culture and the rise of intellectual property is particularly poignant in the current era of cuts, clips, blips, samples and soundbites, and as modern advances in technological innovations allow us to copy and manipulate the works of others more easily. The film is premised well by his use of the raging popular Greg Gillis, aka Girl Talk, and Gaylor supports his argument well through his ongoing consultation with famed activist and Stanford Law Professor, Lawrence Lessing. However, like many pop-style documentaries of our time (*Cough Cough* Michael Moore), his argument is embarrassingly one-sided at points and mistakenly presented as all-encompassing. Nevertheless, it is a good watch – full of history on both remix culture and the rise of IP, and the interplay between the two. He makes some very notable claims towards the development of unique culture, if such a thing can exist. 

In support of my life long mantra – Nihl Sub Sole Novum, Gaylor posits the following tenets of remixery. Each is certainly something to ponder.

1. Culture always builds on the past;
2. The past always tries to control the future;
3. Our future is becoming less free;
4. To build free societies you must limit control of the past.

You can get Gillis’ most recent album, Feed the Animals, through a pay what you can (or would like) method here.

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April 3, 2009 - Posted by | F.A.D., Jams | , , , ,

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