Remix Readings Response

I thought the Praxis 2.0 and Dr. Mashup readings were very interesting.  Melanie McBride pointed out some very interesting facts about the educational system and how it could be changed.  After watching a few remix videos, it’s easy to see that this is a form of artwork that would be extremely difficult to teach in a school setting.  Henry Jenkins claims that “Even the most progressive schools set limits on what students can write compared to the freedom they enjoy on their own.”  This is so incredibly true.  There have been many times in my education, whether it’s art class, music, or even computer science, that I have been limited in my freedom and creativity because of the guidelines that the school system has.

McBride points out that we can no longer use “copyrighted material as somehow less “creative” than making our own” as an excuse.  Even in ds106, it has been difficult to create these projects within copyright laws.  Brian Lamb put it well with his suggestions of open and discoverable resources, transparent licensing, and remixable formats.  This is something that is definitely needed in web 2.0.

Also, I found the idea that schools can’t encourage breaking the law to be very interesting.  But when you think about it, does school even give us a decent representation of the real world?  This reminds me of Gever Tulley’s video.  He claimed that we should allow our kids to do dangerous things; that way they would be accustomed to it prior to coming into contact with it in real life.

Overall, the ideas proposed in these articles are very interesting ones.  This could transform the way our education system works.  Or perhaps we should leave the illegal activities to just be done at home.



One thought on “Remix Readings Response

  1. Jeff,

    It’s interesting that you mention whether “school even give us a decent representation of the real world?” This is something I struggle with intensely, and I feel the very limits you define here. Fact is, I think school often doesn’t test the limits of exploration nearly enough, which makes your doing it at home that much more problematic. There are no guidelines, everyone is alienated as a closet copyright criminal and we simply perpetuate fear, uncertainty, and doubt. Seems to be that cultural institutions like school should be necessarily problematizing this reality, forcing us to think long and hard about whether or not we have the ability to intervene in our culture more directly through the products we are being bombarded with.

    And that Gever Tully video really gets at the stringent and seemingly infantilizing nature of our society right now, and more and more I see that taking over the mindset in higher ed as well, and that pisses me off. Students should be free to make their own choices and understand the implications of copyright infringement, fair use, and the continually blurring distinctions between the two. I’ll be talking about this recent announcement from the Library of Congress in class tonight, which basically is a step in the right direction, particularly this part:

    (1) Motion pictures on DVDs that are lawfully made and acquired and that are protected by the Content Scrambling System when circumvention is accomplished solely in order to accomplish the incorporation of short portions of motion pictures into new works for the purpose of criticism or comment, and where the person engaging in circumvention believes and has reasonable grounds for believing that circumvention is necessary to fulfill the purpose of the use in the following instances:

    (i) Educational uses by college and university professors and by college and university film and media studies students;
    (ii) Documentary filmmaking;
    (iii) Noncommercial videos.

    You can read the whole thing here:

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