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Remix and the Rouelles of Media Production Author Unknown

This reading explores the ability of common citizens to remix in today’s day and age and the viability of such behaviours in regards to music, art, video and literary works. Early in the piece, the author makes a comparison between the art of poetry and video remixes by including a direct quote from Louis Dudek – “If A thinks himself a better poet than B, let him stop hinting at it in the pages of an essay; let him re-write B’s poem and publish his own improved version”. I believe this is an interesting point because when poetry was a prevalent art form, remixing was not a common practice. I then pose the question as to whether the development of such technologies such as the Internet are the sole reason for the rise in remixing, mashing and appropriating.

The author then continues to analyse the types or distinctions of remixed work and more specifically the reason why remixers begin their art. For example it is described that people have different reasons for remixing different types of art including film clips, news pieces, trailers and music clips and that the reasons are often “social or community-oriented intentions” and at other times, the authors will have no specific intention. Finally, the author concludes by stating the importance of the person behind the remix. That is, the numerous hours spent in making these remixes in front of a computer screen and the additional hours spent allowing the work to be seen on the Internet. The one thing I did notice is that the author refers to this hypothetical “person” as a “she”. I’m not entirely sure why this generalisation was made.

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