What I saw
This video by Kirby Ferguson made me think about how remixing is such an amazing level of creation that is now at our fingertips due to the internet and other digital tools. Ferguson points out that creation comes from three steps:
What I Thought
I also thought about what the product (remixes) of these creations can be categorized as:
The outcomes of this process has led to “original” creations such as the Apple Computer, iPads, motor vehicles etc. Just looking at the finished products, remixing ideas in this way leads to a creation that is more sophisticated and innovative. Remixes are amazing!
wait a second!!
A few thoughts came to mind:
- Remixes are creations based on something that the “remixer” didn’t create
- Fractured Fairy Tales can count as a remix
- When teaching fairy tales, we decided that the students should fracture a fairy tale because that was easier to do than create an original fairy tale
- Is there such a thing as an original fairy tale? Isn’t it a remix if it’s following a particular set of rules / structures? But, that’s harder to do
- If there are remixes that are easier and harder to do, then are some remixes higher in its level of creation than others?
- Are some remixes more original than others?
Welcome to the Grey Zone! (To the tune of “Danger Zone” by Kenny Loggins)
What I’m thinking
Perhaps “Everything is a Remix” and there are no completely original ideas. Original and copying is not clear cut. It’s all in the “grey zone.” What might start out as copying can lead to products that people can view as “originals” or “remixes.” It goes back to purpose and whether a copy or a variation of what a “creator” ends with is part of the process or the end product.
Thinking through this idea and how it can relate to my classroom left me with more questions than fully formed opinions. So, my conclusion at this point is wonderings I’m having about remixes.
- Can you differentiate levels of creativity with the idea of remixes?
- If copying is part of the remixing process, how can we make copying okay in schools a step in creating?
- What do you do when you can’t attribute where you got an idea from?
- Are there levels of “developmentally appropriate” remixing?
- Does the term, “developmentally appropriate” even apply with remixing?
- Through the perspective of connectivism, shouldn’t remixing be encouraged?
I guess this is just the beginning of questions that I will be grappling with for a while.