Remix Culture Summary – Assignment Example

The article, ‘Remix: The Art and Craft of Endless Hybridization’ by Michele Knobel and Colin Lankshear has brought forth a highly relevant and contemporary issue of the contemporary times. They have asserted that remix is an art that needs to be recognized as such and encouraged in the field of education. Remix can broadly be defined as mixing of various media like audio, video and image to produce a creative mix which goes beyond the confines of culture, race and nationality. Hence, authors argue that in the era of digital technology and globalization, remix has become highly relevant and must be acknowledged as a new format of expanding one’s knowledge base.
In the article, the authors have stated that the concept of remixing has been part of our life for ages and its presence can also be observed in the classroom when the literature is adapted into plays and drama to suit the circumstances within and outside the classroom. While initially the remix was prominently observed in the area of music and sound, the current digital age has provided the people with more option to manipulate the ideas, thoughts, observation and knowledge into new innovative formats which is highly individualistic. Various tools like photoshop, audio-video devices etc. help in blending the different formats to produce a new piece of artwork. In educational arena, it would help to exploit the creative potential of the students and expand their areas of expertise in expressing themselves.
The writers conclude that remix has become a ‘mass cultural practice’. Therefore copyrights laws and End User License Agreements must be understood and appropriately amended so that it can represent the changing face of the methodologies of disseminating knowledge in the changing times. (286)
Knobel, Michele and Lankshear, Colin. (September, 2008). Remix: The Art and Craft of Endless Hybridization. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy 52(1), pp 22-33.