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Mix’n Mash

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I just read Dr. Mashup; or, Why Educators Should Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Remix by Brian Lamb and Praxis 2.0: Escaping the edu-travelogue by Melanie McBride and I thought that both articles were pretty interesting. What I liked about McBride’s article is that it really emphasized self-teaching which I think is great because sometimes I think it actually works better to learn things on your own. I thought it made sense for her to bring this up because she explained that sometimes it’s necessary to self-teach especially when it comes to teaching yourself how to do things that isn’t acceptable to be taught in schools such as using outside source media. It’s true, I feel that teachers are sometimes limited to what they can teach because of all of the school rules although that isn’t going to stop people from learning and doing such things on their own. I much preferred reading Lamb’s article, especially the part where he explains how humans have been borrowing each other’s ideas for centuries. I loved his example on how Shakespeare borrowed Ovid’s ideas which is interesting because one would think that Shakespeare thought everything up on his own since he was a mastermind. Then again, this also reminded me of how J.K. Rowling took many of her ideas from Greek and Roman mythology which I find fascinating. All in all these were very insightful articles and they did change my perception on mixups and mashups. They changed in the sense that I never realized that we were “borrowing” when we mixed and mashed and I guess it’s true because we usually borrow the visual aspect from one place and then the audio from another such as the Alice in Wonderland mashup remix which I really loved. I’ve never really been involved in mixing and mashing remixes but I guess if you consider video editing that could count since you’re bringing a bunch of different audio and visual components together and creating a whole new thing which is similar to what we’ve been doing in class.

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