June 29th, 2005

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poached and remixed

Cyberpunk author William Gibson has an interesting new article about sampling, mashing, and other forms of textual poaching. See "God's Little Toys: Confessions of a cut and paste artist" at Wired Magazine.

And I quote:

Our culture no longer bothers to use words like appropriation or borrowing to describe those very activities. Today's audience isn't listening at all - it's participating. Indeed, audience is as antique a term as record, the one archaically passive, the other archaically physical. The record, not the remix, is the anomaly today. The remix is the very nature of the digital.....

"Who owns the words?" asked a disembodied but very persistent voice throughout much of Burroughs' work. Who does own them now? Who owns the music and the rest of our culture? We do. All of us.

Though not all of us know it - yet.

Thanks to frahulettaes for alerting me to this link.

And now, with tongue planted firmly in cheek, I offer a quote for the day, one I revisit every so often just to amuse myself:

"You are a fluke of the Universe:
You have no right to be here.
And whether you can hear it or not,
The Universe is laughing behind your back."

from "Deteriorata" by National Lampoon

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