FOSCIS Week 8
2015 03 29
This time, it's a full length movie film! And 4 pages of book scans! It still doesn't make sense, slightly delayed because of this Github DDoS, it's week 8 of FOSCIS:
- "The Death of the Author"
- RiP: A Remix Manifesto
- 1968 for "The Death of the Author"
- 2009 for RiP: A Remix Manifesto
- The Gist
- "Death" is a wildly incomprehensible essay about, as far as I can tell, how masterpieces of writing are those which the author is "dead" - his or her views and biases cease to exist inside the written work. Or something like that.
- RiP is (yet another) film about remix culture, copyright / fair use law, and everything in between.
- The Good
- Holy crap, that fake Disneyland in China is incredible. Apparently, there is an official Disney park opening quite soon. (It's also confusing, as the text and spoken language was Japanese, but the video claims the park was in China. I assume that to be true, but still strange.)
- I was not aware of Brazil's significant remix culture. How cool is it that their former Minister of Culture was also an active musician?
- I think I actually stumbled across scans of Air Pirate comics ages ago, and had no idea about the backstory.
- The Bad
- I'm not sure what the best b-roll choice is when you want to play and focus on music, but having a tenth of your movie be people dancing is perhaps a bit redundant.
- Speaking of redundant, after having watched Everything is a Remix for BizLeg a few months back, this was more of the same, but better executed.
- Good God is "Death" unreadable. This is becoming an alarming trend with these sloppily-scanned PDFs. I can't critique it very much, as that would require thorough understanding.
- The Questions
- There seems to be a number of vocal critics, but is change even possible given the vast amounts of money that copyright lobbying groups have?
- Why was opensourcecinema.org shut down?
- Were any revisions or derivative works created based on RiP?
- I quite enjoyed RiP, despite the fact that a good portion of it was preaching to the choir. I learned about some figures and areas of remix / open culture I didn't previously know about, and got to watch people dancing for a disproportionate amount of time!
4/5 <review increments>
- As for "Death", well, you know. I guess I'm just not on a high enough arcane plane to comprehend it...
1/5 <review increments>