Some background reading
OK, over the next week we will be talking about and experimenting with mashups. Read Brian Lamb‘s article Dr. Mashup; or, Why Educators Should Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Remix for an excellent framing of the cultural relevance of mashups in our moment. And I also recommend following it up with a reading of Walter Benjamin‘s “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction,” a seminal theoretical text that frames the impact of technology upon our idea of art in the second half of the 20th century.
Also, the video below, “Video explains the world’s most important 6-sec drum loop,” is one of the most intelligent and artful explanations on the web about the “ownership of culture” and “the nature of art and creativity” all by focusing on a six-second drum beat.
Sharing some examples
Now share out some examples of your own. Be sure to explain why your example can be considered a mashup, wrestle with that definition a bit.
Roll your own
By Tuesday, November 8th, a mashup of your very own is due. Publish it on your blog, and tag it “Assignment 9″ (no quotes).