Guest Speaker Notes- Milner, Remixed

Centrality of “Remixed”


· So much of what we do when we communicate online is premised on “remixed”

o Because this is one of the central tools for us to expand upon creativity (ex: new hashtags, remaking photos into memes)

· When we think of the term remixed, we automatically think of mashup music (creating music only by taking the music of others and making something new (ex: Faroff, 2010)

· Looking at how everyday people communicate à explains how we participate online

· Pulling together bits and pieces of what other people have done

· Cut up method- cut up pieces of work and glue them together (remixing on old creativity is new creativity)

· Ronald and Nancy Reagan (1986)- “don’t do drugs” à procreated hilariously by Cliff Roth in 1988

· What changes with today and the Internet is not remixing, but the process is amplifies and sped up in the digital age

o Now it doesn’t take a lot for someone to make a giff out of a movie for example

o It takes even less effort for someone to retweet something

· Sharing and remixing has become a lot easier for everyone

o People are taking what they see and learn and making it their own

o Power to copy, transform, and combine

· A lot of people come to videos through remixes rather than the original videos ****

o Ex: double rainbow

· “You can think of the Internet as a place or a way of being”

· Remix helps the internet feel like a place

· Tools are much more accessible. Although you still need to have the time, desire, and patience to learn how to “remix,” it is still easier to do now

· It is important to remember that there are ethics here

o Tools can be used for good or for bad

· Ex: Taking Black Lives Matter and making jokes about it such as “Everyone’s Lives Matter” takes away from the meaning of the original intent for a message or movement

o Easy to lose control

· Sometimes people can forget that people are behind the memes that people create and make fun of…

· Remix also helps the internet feel like a place

· Lastly, remixing has become a way of being

· Remix, creativity based on what people have done before is not new, but what is new is the massive participation and the tools that we now have to use it

Question for Milner: Do you think there is enough room for research and the need for studying memes or remixing to study this in school? He responded with the idea that this is still a growing field, but he does believe it will progress over time!

Although I wish that Milner would go a little deeper with memes when it comes to studying them and what their implications/impact in society look like, his ideas are overall intruiging and fascinating. I loved the idea of connecting the term “remixed” with memes to illustrate the history of memes.

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