Thursday, March 22, 2007

The Roots of Creative Remixing

This is a simple story about remix. My son is learning to read and write and he is very keen to get on with it. He copies words out from things he finds around the flat. This is one of his latest efforts, copying from a book in Swedish about writing film reviews, a Disney book (appreciate the irony here) on the latest incarnation of the 101 Dalmations and his beloved Optimus Prime, well the box it came in anyway. So as he was working on this page of script it struck me that this is an example of creative remixing. He is learning by appropriating the older material and creating his own interpretation of it. This is very important to him and he enjoys the learning that comes from it. To be able to control the text is to be able to use it for your needs.

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