October 18, 2010
A Harvard Law School professor argues that remix technology, conventions, and ethics should be taught in school. For one who has read a lot of medieval treatises, as I did in a former life, such new procedures irresistibly recall the way writers quoted “from authority” — i.e., from the ancient and patristic authors — with varying degrees of attribution, paraphrase, and reframing. In fact, many such works were simply centones, potpourris of passages from older authors, often combined to creative and revelatory effect. The same can be true of remix, when done with skill and originality.