Remixes and Mashups

I’m not going to lie.  After reading the first article by Melanie McBride, I felt pretty dumb.  She just sounds so smart, and holy crap, I don’t understand half of what she’s trying to say.  I guess the gist of it, is that remixing and mashups are ways of teaching that aren’t always well-liked among school administrations.  Some think that using “original” work from audio and videos to make something new, isn’t actually making anything new at all, but just using someone else’s work without actually using any creativity.  McBride obviously doesn’t feel this is the case, and I agree with her.  Using someone else’s work to create something completely new and different can actually turn out to be much more creative than the original work (as long as you give credit to those who’s work you used in the first place).

The second article by Brian Lamb was much easier to understand and get through.  I definitely do not think that mashups and remixes are any kind of “assault on originality”.  It’s just a completely new type of art, and just like any other type of art, some people don’t understand it.  And that’s totally ok.  Art and originality are in the eye of the beholder.  In my opinion, mashups and remixes are awesome ways to completely transform something old into something new.  It’s not necessarily better, it’s not necessarily more or less original, it’s just something new.   And as everyone has experienced, many people do not like “new”.  I think mashups and remixes are really original and really cool.  I don’t have a lot of experience with mashups, but I have come across a few recently.  Suzanne talked about the band GirlTalk, which takes songs from other bands, and mashes them up into really cool remixes.  Glee has also done a few mashups on the show, which have always been really awesome.  I haven’t really worked with any mashups or remixes with audio or video myself, but our “Five Card Stories” seem to have been a type of mashup.  We used pictures taken by different people, and changed the idea and content of them into something completely new.

I’m really looking forward to the upcoming assignments dealing with remixes and mashups.  I have a feeling some people will come up with really cool stuff, and I think it’ll be fun to play around with!



Off to Pennsylvania!

Inglourious Basterds on Twitter

Finally finished my webstory today! I didn’t keep exact time of how long it took me, but it was probably around two hours (which is sad, because it’s not that detailed).  I had to play around a little bit in order to make sure that the photos were the right size, and in order to get all the HTML correct.  After I had finished doing all the big stuff (the images, the dialogue, the names, blah blah blah), I tried to change the “Trends” sidebar, but for some reason it wouldn’t work. Oh well!  It was really fun!! I really enjoyed doing this assignment.

For anyone who has not seen Inglourious Basterds, go watch it now. It’s awesome.  Halfway through working on my assignment, I found out that one of my friends hadn’t seen it, so I put it on and made her watch it while I finished up.  My webstory is twitter dialogue from the end of the movie with the main characters.  If you haven’t seen the movie, it probably won’t make much sense.  I hope everyone enjoys it! Lemme know what you guys think!

Also, thanks to Google for all of the images!

Rebecca Black and Jenna Rose

Here is my newest video journal! Enjoy!

Also, for everyone’s enjoyment, here is the “My Jeans” Video:

First Official Video Journal

Here’s my first video journal post.  I hope you all enjoy it…and I hope everyone makes the decision to come to the BATTLEFIELD AT 12PM ON SATURDAY, MARCH 19TH TO WATCH THE WOMEN’S RUGBY TEAM. Because we’re awesome. 🙂

Famous Angstas Final Radio Show!

Here’s the final radio show that Catherine, Suzanne, and I finally finished last night! We’ve been working hard all week, and had a BLAST doing it, but were really glad when we were finally able to turn it in. We’re pretty proud of it, and hope that everyone who listens enjoys it!

We wrote all of journal entries together, and went ahead and recorded them (which sometimes took a few times because we would giggle through them). Afterwards, we wrote some intros, did a mock interview as an intermission, wrote two angsty commercials, and added some music.  We worked a little bit every night this week (and I think the reason it took so long is because we were laughing at ourselves so much).  We really had a great time doing it, and like what we came up with!

Our show focuses on the angsty journal entries of famous historical and fictional teenage, and some adult, characters.  We have entries from people such as Napoleon, Sacajawea, Hermione Granger, and Luke Skywalker.  Listen to their reactions to important events in their lives, including discovering just how small they are (Napoleon) and watching their crush mack on another girl (Hermione).  Hope everyone enjoys our segment which will be on DS106 Radio on SUNDAY March 13th at 1PM. Listen to it!! Then let us know what you think.


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