I came across a video yesterday that caught my attention because of how the artist decided to tell their story. The video was about copy right infringments and the idea of intellectual property. The artists in the video uses Mash up ‘s or a multiple layered visual compilation to tell a story. This is another area where open source networking has had a major impact and has in turn generated a lot of questions around intellectual property rights. The video approaches the idea of creative thought being a commodity, something tangible to own or to purchase. I immediately applied this to education and how textbook s are seen as the source of classroom knowledge. This is an example of how the past is dictating the information flow of the present. Schools are bound to textbook contracts and are under a watchful eye through NCLB laws that apply Adequate Yearly Progress standards to schools. Not meeting this adequate yearly progress and can lead to a lack of funding further restricting resources at the school. I see a huge information hijack here. We have open source educational sites because educators know the inherent value of sharing as to not reinvent the wheel, and don’t even try to tell me that has not been uttered in your presence at some time or another. There is now a large group of people creating Mash ups who are sharing and reinventing the wheel every time they compose their work. Teachers do the same with every lesson, unit and idea shared through open source education sites is a reinvention of sorts. I feel students have the right to an expanded version of the knowledge that exists and a more entertaining interaction with that information is required for sustained growth. The time it must take to make a Mash up and the technical aspects of the programs they use must take an enormous amount of learning. Isn’t that what we want to inspire?
I have also included the original RiP! A Remix Manifesto video link and if you have some time I recommend you watch it.