Published on February 19th, 2012 | by Steven Hodson


The complete Everything is a Remix video documentary [Video]

If you haven’t seen this yet, and I hadn’t until the final part was posted the other day, this documentary by Kirby Ferguson is something well worth taking the time to watch.

If you are interested in copyright, patents, copying, and all things that we take for granted today then this documentary is well worth watching as Kirby looks at all aspects of our world today to show how when you really get down to the core everything we read, watch, listen to, or gadgets we use to create those things everything is just a remix of everything that has come before.

He also shows us that we are headed to a very dangerous precipice and that if we really want change and return to the original meaning of things like copyrights and patents then it will be up to us not the companies and individuals who have warped the system to their financial benefit.

If you like what you have watched here you can head over to his for links to all the information – songs, clips, text – used in the series

Everything is a Remix Part 1: The Song Remains the Same

Remixing is a folk art but the techniques are the same ones used at any level of creation: copy, transform, and combine. You could even say that everything is a remix.

Everything is a Remix Part 1 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

Everything is a Remix Part 2: Remix Inc.

An exploration of the remix techniques involved in producing films.

Everything is a Remix Part 2 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

Everything is a Remix Part 3: The Elements of Creativity

Creativity isn’t magic. Part three of this four-part series explores how innovations truly happen.

Everything is a Remix Part 3 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

Everything is a Remix Part 4: System Failure

Our system of law doesn’t acknowledge the derivative nature of creativity. Instead, ideas are regarded as property, as unique and original lots with distinct boundaries. But ideas aren’t so tidy. They’re layered, they’re interwoven, they’re tangled. And when the system conflicts with the reality… the system starts to fail.

Everything is a Remix Part 4 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.



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Steven has been around the tech world long enough to see most of the stuff we think of cool happen before which leads to a certain bit of cynicism that has contributed to him being known as the cranky old fart of the Internet. Besides sharing some of the goodness that he finds with you here at 42x you can also find him curating some digital goodness at Winextra (tech type stuff) and Rotten Gumdrops (for your daily dose of WTF).

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