It is obvious that a new set of rules needs to be implemented to deal with digital information and the lawlessness of Cyberspace. A big problem that I see is that little kids know how to pirate music and movies, and they are growing up with it as a standard. They have no previous moral standard to live by, so the change for whatever new laws that might be implemented will be difficult for these generations.

Response to: “The ecstasy of influence: A plagiarism”

This article didn’t really bring out any new ideas for me that the last article didn’t already, but the author brings up a good point: When we are bombarded by so much media, and the media becomes our own personal memories, how are we supposed to create truly original ideas without borrowing?  Postmodern creativity allows for re-appropriation.  Though, some people are skeptical of whether or not this is truly original material.

Working on new ideas seems unnecessary when so many ideas have already been acted on. This author was talking about the redundancy of creation upon creation, without looking back, in terms of science.  But this is different when relating this concept to artistic endeavors. I think sampling and remixing music is a creative innovation, where the end result gives a whole new meaning. Such artists as Girl Talk take samples of already existing songs from multiple music genres to create new songs with new meanings.  He even makes social commentary through his music using today’s pop music.  By combining the racy lyrics of certain rap songs with the sexually alluring pop divas’ lyrics, Greg Gillis of Girl Talk points out just how sexually based our pop music culture has become.  And at the same time, the public loves his remixes of these opposite genres.  This makes Girl Talk’s music postmodern, culturally significant, and creative in a new way.

Question: Is something plagiarism when you re-appropriate the meaning?

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