I really enjoyed watching these videos, I never knew how much in our pop culture society was “unoriginal.” I feel like that statement seems harsh, but after watching those video clips and listening to them, that’s the sense that came over me. Granted, I know most of the movies and music we see and listen to today is based off previous artists, movies, or even books. I don’t think I realized how closely related the past and present of these particular industries were related though.
Because this seems to be the case it would almost appear to me as though most producers and directors today are actually the audience of previously done work. Does this mean that there are no truly “original” artists left? While I’m sure this is not true because there are many creative people in the world it appears as though even some of the movies that seem to be completely “original” (such as Avatar) seem to have bits and pieces that embody scenes from other movies.
After watching the clips, naturally, I was curious as to what others thought about this topic of whether or not everything we see and hear today is a remix of something from an earlier time. I found a blog, TED Blog, and this was the opening line in regards to art:
“Art cannot be created or destroyed-only remixed.”
I don’y necessarily agree with this quote, or with Kirby Ferguson’s views on the originality of today’s movie and music industry for that matter. While I do think people create many remakes and “based on the book” movies, there still is originality in today’s work in these industries. You just need to look a little deeper to find it.