Saturday, April 23, 2011

Blog #12

Hello my friends! This is my last blog for class =D
Lessig and Rip! have several connections. First, we have the ideas of commercial and non commercial licenses. Lessig talks on how most artist produce their work under "all rights reserved" were no one is allowed to share, reproduce or sample the work. But also there are artist that give a "non commercial license" were the author of an art piece allows other people to take its work, but once it goes into a commercial economy then the author needs to authorize the use. in Rip!, Girl Talk stated how commercial economies in music slow down the production of culture. Moreover, some laws were changed in order to make it even harder for works to get into the public domain. Disney was the main posher to move from 14 to 90 years for works to get in the public domain.
Both Girl Talk and Lessing talk about the definition of "appropiately", the appropiate use of something. Girl Talk said that most of the time, no one is able to take a piece of music and sample it. It would take thousands of dollars in order to "appropiately" use the work and release a cd. When he created a piece of music in front of the lady in charge of copyright laws in the US (cant remember her title, sorry) and she said that she can see a problem with the remix because nothing was beign used appropiately. Lessig says many sharing economies take place and we all participate in them without knowing. He uses the example of Google, were we use google as a search engine and get information from them and google uses our "click" to collect pieces of information they can later use. he then raises the question - Is that appropiate use of our clicks? is google riding on your work for free? (lessig 234)
Lessig suggest that a hybrid can help decriminalize youth's creativity. But he state also that it would take change in the law in order to have more healthy and succesful business (lessig 248). Girl Talk suggest that by ackoliging someone that you took its work, kinda like when you cite a paper, should be good enough. This is because you are not stealing from anyone you are creating an original piece of art with the inspiration of others, just like disney did...

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Blog #11

Lessig describes how there are 3 different kinds of economies: commercial economy, sharing economy and a mixed of both. He states that a commercial economy is an economy in which money or “price” is a central term of the ordinary, or normal, exchange (18). In short, this means that someone pays for a service or a product with money. It’s just like our everyday transactions when we buy food, pump gas, etc. Now, a sharing economy is one where money is NOT used as means of exchange. For example, you can spend time with a friend and that time together is part of the friendship relationship you both have. Once money is involved for the time you both spend together, the relationship is no longer a friendship (18).

Lessig explains that for the most part, the internet is a commercial economy (121), where users buy services on the internet; wetter is a book on Amazon, rent movies through Netflix, or bid for items on EBay. But there are also instances where sites like Wikipedia, which is more like a sharing economy because people volunteer to write articles that stay there on the site for free for anyone to copy and use. He called this “copyleft license” (157).

This concepts are important to understand because the internet it’s exactly that, a remix of both economies. The users of the web often do not realized how we are part of both of these economies. Also, Lessig’s argues that there should be more of a mid are of compromise when it comes to cultural creations (web, music, etc.)

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Blog #10

Soda Stereo - De musica Lijera
performed by spongebob???

I chose this remix because the author of the video took 2 main pieces, sponge bob and a song by an Argentinean rock band. The video is low quality, but it does a good job on how to do remix in other to produce original pieces of art. It shows spongebob performing De musica ligera. The cartoon is so well cut that the lip sync, the drum, the guitar, and even the fireworks at the end matches very very well with the song.

Lessig states that a good remix is one that delivers a message (71). In this case, this video is entertaining and fun to watch. Proof of that is the thousands of views that it has. The author of the video took the pieces to create something original and is contribution to YouTube has inspired other people to do remixes as well. People are taking the Spongebob clip and meshing it with other songs of different genres. The other videos are not very well done, but is still an amateur attempt to remix. Moreover, Lessig tells us that a remix culture pushes the development of new culture and thats what it was done here.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Blog #9

RO and RW

Read-Only is a term taken from the computer lingo. It means that a piece of information can only be read and thats it. Read-Write is the opposite: a piece of information can be read a be use to write something else, taken pieces and remix it, edit it, etc. It has to do a lot with copy right laws that Lessig talks about so much. Lessig believes that copy right laws are obsolete and need to be updated for a digital age because with computers and access to digital information, we are now moving to a different digital culture. The current Copy right laws are designed for analog information than can only be read and not reproduced. Now we have tools to share music online, personal videos, blogs, vlogs and the list goes on... information is meant to be remixed with in the eyes of lessig.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Blog #8

- Rhythmic Cinema
Any Shift in The traffic of information can create not only new thoughts, but new ways of thinking (86)
This relate to Web 2.0 and user based sites, where all the user share information. It kinda reminds me of music sharing, YouTube, Tagging, etc... All things Web 2.0 and the information highway (does anyone still calls it thaT???)

- Rhythmic Space
Panache - words and code modules, bits and bytes, temporal arbitrage. Follow the vector across a narrative arc and feel how the net's architecture resonates with the convergence on many cultures and styles. .. where people create and add modules of thought ware to the mix, making it all a little more interesting. (89)
This guy is high as hell

-Errata Erratum
In the remix, single notes are assigned not to playing cards, but rather to digitized “roto-reliefs,” on-line representations of the engraved cards that Duchamp made throughout his career and gave away randomly to people.” (96)
This is how people distribute information, in this case music, over the web. Also, in the late 90's, artist would burn CDs and give them away for free in order to get some exposure. This is the so called underground mixtapes.

- The Future is here
We're probably the first generation to grow up in a completely electronic environment (101).
True that Spooky! But guess what? my mom now had not one BUT TWO facebook pages to keep all her kids on check. What you going to say about that? The information we share and my friends share on my page gets to more people that what we can think of. This provides venues for artist, intellectuals and concerned mothers.

- The Prostitute
The music and art i create is an end result of a life lived in an environment where almost all aspects of urban life were circumscribed by the coded terrains of a planet put in parentheses by satellites in the sky beaming back everything long ago (108).
Life experiences and the history of ones culture shape the way we look at the world and it also shapes the way we produce writing/art, the way we express ourselves.

A song by Rick Ross that sampled a song by the Mexican rock band Azul Violeta, who was covering a song by 70's mexican singer Jose Jose. How this beat from the 70's ended in Rick Ross's producers? The producer could have gotten this from a vinyl, napster, YouTube, someone else's iPod. The possibilities are endless. But what this proves is that the information that travels through the web is able to get to the hands of people that are going to put that information to good use.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Blog #7

DeBourgoing tells us how Hip Hop artist in the LA area use Transmedia to become successful artists. There are many ways transmedia is beign used, but the main one is the distribution of music over the internet. This allows artist to be visible to a wider audience without the need of a production company, and for very cheap. Hip hops has used transmedia since its beginnings with the use of sampling and collaboration with others, but with new media and technology artist are able to learn from each other, interact, produce and distribute music without the corporation. Moreover, they are able to connect with people outside of their cities with the help of social networking sites like Facebook and YouTube. The best example I can think of is Soulja Boy. He was a Myspace artist before making it to the mainstream.

Dj Spooky's argument in this section is somewhat complex. He says that DJing is like writing and writing is like DJing. Dj Spooky says that phonograph means sounds writing and in a era of rhythm science both serve as recursive aspects of information collage where everything from personal identity to the codes used to create art or music are available for the mix (64). The information we receive through the media we used like social networks allow us to create a mix of our identity and out thought.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Blog #6

Jenkins talks about how social networking sites are helpful learning tools. Jenkins states :

Collective intelligence can be seen as an alternative source
of media power. We are learning how to use that power through our
day-to-day interactions within convergence culture. Right now, we are
mostly using this collective power through our recreational life, but
soon we will be deploying those skills for more “serious” purposes (jenkins 4).

Collective intelligence is a way where all of the people involved in the internet are able to interact with each other and provide answers to problems. Wikipedia being the main example of it, but others sites like relies on input from hundreds of graphic designers. Weinberger believes that information is miscellaneous and i can come from several users, this means, users se the content they want to see in the internet.