Remixing the past as a new language form for the media literate generation

After ning screwed me over with my last attempt at this post I will merely say this.. Screw you ning! Fix your publish button!!!

So to start again, and now that I am all worked up and angry at ning, I will take it out on the copy right, so yes this is a bias review, it was in the first place, but then you would know

that if ning didn’t bloody malfunction, so, sorry in advance if it sounds

snappy or rushed!

The whole concept behind RIP is the Remix Manifesto and the battle between copyleft and copyright (with copyright representing the corporate and copyleft representing the consumer.)

The remixer’s manifesto is as follows;

1. Culture always builds on the past

2. The past always tries to control the future

3. Our future is becoming less free

4. To build free societies you must limit the control of the past

Considering that the original intent of the internet was to share information and ideas point 3 seems a bit  redundant, if anything with the internet and advances in Web 2.0 one would think that freedom would not be restricted, but it has. The media literate generation that emerged due to the internet’s creation have turned from mere consumers to creators by utilizing the vast amounts of data on the internet so as to express an themselves (through either ideas, art, self expression etc.)

However, with the use of another person’s intellectual property comes the thundering corporate, who tower over all and attach sub texts to the images that they themselves sent forth into both the ideoscape and more importantly the mediascape. It is as if the corporate has led us by the hand sat us down and said ‘look at this image, absorb it, aspire to it, allow it to influence your thoughts, actions and culture, but.. if you use any of our

images, music or media in any way that we do not see fit, which is t say any way at all, and this is published then we will charge you upto $150,000 per mp3 you use, take away part of your soul, offer a 5 year sentence in prison as well as stifle your creativity, your ability to express an opinion and your ability to express yourself, we are legion’

If allowed to go un opposed, these corporations would seek to stop people’s ability to remix their media and

so “generate silence”; which in turn would destroy the new form of literacy developed by the media literate for the new century. From RIP it is clear that the corporate have become an every greedy presence, attempting to shape and influence our culture, or rather, they are attempting to us from shaping and influencing our own culture.


  • Reference; reading: Arjun Appadurai 1990, ‘Disjuncture and Difference in the Global Cultural Economy,’ Theory Culture Society 7: pp.295-310
  • RIP: A Remix Manifestos (
  • Terry Flew 2007, ‘Global Media Corporations,’ Understanding Global Media, London, Palgrave 5 23 August Global Creative Industries

p.s. I didn’t hate ning, but now I do, haters gonna hate when you go deleting their blog entries, and haters gonna especially hate when you don’t allow me to format!!!

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