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SummaRemix

Seriously, has someone else already made that pun? If I am the first person to do so I have lost a bit of faith in this class (or maybe gained it—it’s a pretty dumb pun).

For remix week, I talked about the nature a the remix with a little help from some excellent videos, and then proceed to create some of my own. The first was a remixed ds106 assignment that involved turning a normal picture of my friend into something more…

PINK ERIN final

Next up was my remixed media assignment, in which I attempted to copy the well-worn “digitally altered memory” trope:

And then finally I mashed together two rather disparate songs to create a bizarre and dissonant remix:

I spoke at length about how I feel about remixes and mashups in my initial post on the subject, but just to reiterate: THIS STUFF IS REALLY COOL. Some of the neatest, most creative and innovative content being generated on the web right now is in the form of remixes and mashups, and with the increased capabilities to share and distribute original content, the potential to create amazing remixes is expanding every day. Just look at the weird and wonderful phenomenon that is Gangnam Style, or My Little Pony, or Bad Lip Reading, or literal music videos and movie trailers. We’re commenting on our culture, on the kind of media we consume and how we consume it, and sometimes doing it in even smarter ways than we realize.

In a way, the concept of the remix applies to what I’m slowly realizing I want to do with my life. There’s some incredible things happening right now in the field of education regarding technology, digital identity and how we can integrate those things into the way we teach, both at the grade school and higher ed levels. I’m enthralled by this process of evolution, and where I see the most success (take this opinion with a grain of salt or twelve, professors—I know I’m working with a limited knowledge base!) is when the classroom and the learning process isn’t demolished and rebuilt, but remixed and mashed up with more “traditional” ideas about education. DS106 is doing that to an extent by taking the open online course model and downsizing it to the capacity of an in-person classroom, giving students more freedom to create and more individual attention from their professors.

So remixing, in a nutshell, doesn’t just apply to making cool stuff on the web with clips of Lord of the Rings and sound bites from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (seriously though, somebody get on that. Can you imagine Boromir saying “Out for a walk… bitch!” Comedy gold!)—it can be applied pretty much anything. At its heart, the concept of remixing is just taking an older idea and making it new again, bringing us back to that message I want to cross-stitch on a pillow: “Remixing is a folk art.” Truer words were never spoke. Remixing belongs to everybody¬†who consumes any kind of media, culture or thought, which is one of the things that makes it such a cool concept.

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