Hey everyone, this is my response to a question that is based on the documentary RIP: A Remix Manifesto
General: Do you believe that creativity is limited if you don’t have access to tools,
technology or libraries of content (i.e. musical samples or video clips)? Would your
creativity be redirected into another medium, or might it cease to exist without this
Yes I believe that creativity is limited if we don’t have the tools an technology. These things are used to inspire and encourage people to be creative so to say that we have no access is a bit disheartening and quite frankly doesn’t make much sense to me. Apparently money is the only think that matters in this life. It’s disgusting.
In my assessment and evaluation course this semester we have learned about the importance of giving students samples so that they can see someone’s previous work, and possible build off that or make something totally different. The samples are used to inspire students and get them on the right track. If a student copies one of the samples identically I guess you could say that there is a bit of “copyright” issues. But we try to encourage our students to use someone else’s work to create something even better. So when the kids want to do this with music or video they legally will not be able to do this. Its all so confusing and the laws seem to be infringing on a student’s right to learn. Every child has a right to education.
Creative and critical thinkers should be valued in society and as a teachers we are supposed to shape young minds to be just that creative and critical. If our sources of creativity are taken away how do we encourage it in the classroom. The law (government) is contradicting the education system….. which also happens to be the government. Funny how that works isn’t it?
I would love to hear your thoughts.