Open content, and, is everything a remix?

Open Content is a neologism (created by David Wiley in 1998… you know, when the internet was young and had it’s whole future ahead of it!) which describes a creative work that others can modify. Kind of like open source code (for all you nerdy types). There is a difference, though, between free content and open content. Open content relies on a framework of sorts, that guides users inside of the copyright or licensing the artist may have placed on his or her work. These are called the 4Rs…

  1. Reuse (the right to use the content in its original form, without changing it)
  2. Revise (the right to adapt, adjust, modify or alter the content itself)
  3. Remix (the right to combine the original with other content to create something new)
  4. Redistribute (the right to share copies of the original content, your revisions, or your remixes with others)

And that’s where my interest lies. REMIXING. The idea of taking others work, mashing it up with something else, and creating new content that elevates art to a level that challenges the viewer or listener to understand it: conceptually, historically or socially.

Phew. That’s a lot of words. Cue video!

Everything is a Remix Part 1 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

Everything is a Remix Part 2 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

Everything is a Remix Part 3 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

What do you think? Is everything really a remix? What happened to original ideas, original thought? Does this still exist? Where?