14 brilliant quotes on remixing

TED Blog

Art cannot be created or destroyed — only remixed. In a convincing talk from TEDGlobal 2012, director Kirby Ferguson explores the challenges of originality and freshness in a world where creativity takes root in what has come before. Without previous inventions we would not have the iPhone, the Model T Ford, Star Wars, Warhol’s soup cans, or the electronic musician Girl Talk. Ferguson highlights that remixing, referencing and reproducing previous innovations allows artists to engage in a cultural dialogue and allows art, technology and society to continue evolving.

What Ferguson calls remixing many call plagiarizing. At the heart of US patent law is the desire to protect intellectual property rights and incentivize individual innovation by protecting it from copycatting. But Ferguson argues that these laws ultimately contradict their own intent to “promote the progress of useful arts,” stifling the root of creativity. The problem, says Ferguson, is…

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Photographs from The Hill

This week I needed to visit the U.S. Capitol to get some photographs to use for a banner graphic for work. How is that for a job related trip? I’ve lived about an hour from D.C. for most of my life but I hadn’t been to the Capitol before! It was a great place to take pictures, but the tour groups made it really hard! Having to keep up with your group really was a hindrance. But the building is stunning, the architecture is absolutely stunning, I mean, that dome was just GORGEOUS! The fresco in the top of the dome is beautiful. I really tried to capture images that were different from what I always see.

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Feeling very unsure about things right now…

I’m facing a crossroads in life right now I feel like, am I using the right term? But basically, I’m figuring out whether or not I actually want to graduate this month, or put it off for another semester like I have already done once. Should I take some more classes and get a bit more experience for my resume? Or should I just ahead and get out there and start finding work? 

You see, I’ve just felt so disheartened recently about work, I put in a ton of applications, and hardly get a call, as it stands right now, I’ve put in for over 20 jobs, and have gotten one call and an interview, but no second interview. It’s incredibly frustrating how things are going. I feel like I am trying very hard to present a good resume, and I write good cover letters, but I feel like they all go into some black hole reserved specifically for resumes. Maybe even a special one for recent college grads. The recent job I got as an assistant for that one job in Norfolk was a wonderful opportunity, something that randomly was just dropped into my lap, a real lucky find for me. I don’t know if I’ll have something like that fall into my lap anytime soon, but I will keep on the look out. 

I think part of this indecision is also because I am really not liking the idea of leaving an environment where I’ve been so comfortable for the past four years, really for the past….17 years…school. Especially these past four years at VCU. I like the idea of just continuing to learn more and more, but it does come at a steep price, and I can’t afford to be a student for the rest of my life. But I just don’t want to get out there yet, but I know I should, I have to. But I’m just wondering if this is the right moment. 

This blog will probably begin to document my first year out of college as well as continue to be a photography blog, I will probably use my camera to document this all somehow, which, as I’m writing this, sounds like a nice possibility for a project post-college. So, I’m actually going to go ahead and say that my decision will be to graduate. To take that next step, to get on my feet and begin to learn how to run.