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Embrace the remix
– Kirby Ferguson”

From TED.com

Nothing is original, says Kirby Ferguson, creator of Everything is a Remix. From Bob Dylan to Steve Jobs, he says our most celebrated creators borrow, steal and transform.

Kirby Ferguson explores creativity in a world where “everything is a remix.”

Why you should listen

What’s a remix? In Kirby Ferguson’s view, any piece of art that contains a recognizable reference to another work–a quote from a lyric, a borrowed riff, a filmic homage. Which makes almost everything a remix, from a Led Zeppelin song to a classic film from George Lucas. His deeply researched and insanely fun four-part web series, “Everything Is a Remix,” dives into the question: Is remixing a form of creativity, a production of the new on the shoulders of what precedes it, or is it just copying? He comes out firmly on the side of creativity, calling for protections for people who, with good intentions, weave together bits of existing culture into something fresh and relevant. His next web series is called “This Is Not a Conspiracy Theory,” an attempt to explore how US politics came to be the way they are.

What others say

“It’s interesting, well researched, and visually delightful.” — On The Media

Now watch his video :

TITLE: Kirby Ferguson: Embrace the remix TEDGlobal 2012 · 9:42 minutes · Filmed Jun 2012

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