In RiP: A remix manifesto, Web activist and filmmaker Brett Gaylor explores issues of copyright in the information age, mashing up the media landscape of the 20th century and shattering the wall between users and producers.
The film’s central protagonist is Girl Talk, a mash-up musician topping the charts with his sample-based songs. But is Girl Talk a paragon of people power or the Pied Piper of piracy? Creative Commons founder, Lawrence Lessig, Brazil’s Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil and pop culture critic Cory Doctorow are also along for the ride.
About Brett Gaylor
Brett Gaylor is a documentary filmmaker and new media director. He is the creator of opensourcecinema.org, a video remix community which supports the production of his feature documentary RiP: A remix manifesto.
Grammy guitar jam: Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Bruce Springsteen, Joe Walsh
Every big awards show need a big finish, and last night’s Grammy Awards was no exception, with Paul McCartney sending everyone home (or to parties) with a trio of Beatles hits: Golden Slumbers, Carry That Weight and The End.
But wait, there was more: After Abe Laboriel Jr’s smashing rendition of Ringo Starr’s one-and-only drum solo, Macca welcomed Bruce Springsteen, Joe Walsh and Dave Grohl on stage. The three joined Paul, guitarists Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray for an extended, six-way axe shoot-out.
Jobs called Android a “stolen product,” but theft can be a tricky concept when talking about innovation. The iPhone didn’t emerge fully formed from Jobs’s head. Rather, it represented the culmination of incremental innovation over decades—much of which occurred outside of Cupertino.
“Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn’t really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That’s because they were able to connect experiences they’ve had and synthesize new things. And the reason they were able to do that was that they’ve had more experiences or they have thought more about their experiences than other people. Unfortunately, that’s too rare a commodity. A lot of people in our industry haven’t had very diverse experiences. So they don’t have enough dots to connect, and they end up with very linear solutions without a broad perspective on the problem. The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.”—Steve Jobs in a 1995 Wired interview, quoted in I, Steve: Steve Jobs in His Own Words (via curiositycounts)
“I’m still in love with the keyboard, but my viewpoint of what’s important in life has evolved. I’m much more interested in the world, interested in humanity, interested in the environment, the planet. I view myself now as a human being, not a musician. Musician is what I do. It’s not what I am. And it makes a huge difference.”—Herbie Hancock, on the present moment. (via americanroutes)