A thought-provoking video about the evolution of remix culture. "This is basically a group of friends having an authentic social moment and screwing around together," says Julian Sanchez, describing a recent YouTube mashup. "[Now], remix isn't just about an individual doing something alone in his basement. It becomes an act of social creativity. It's not just that it yields a different kind of product at the end. It's that potententially it changes the way we relate to each other. All of our normal social interactions become a kind of invitation to this sort of collective expression. It's our real social lives themselves that are transmuted into art." The whole eight minutes are well worth watching:
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jeremy Adam Smith is the editor who helped launch Shareable.net. He's the author of The Daddy Shift (Beacon Press, June 2009); co-editor of The Compassionate Instinct (W.W. Norton & Co., 2010); and co-editor of Are We Born Racist? (Beacon Press, 2010). His essays, short stories, and articles on parenting, popular culture, urban life, and politics have appeared in Mothering, The Nation, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco Bay Guardian, Utne Reader, BusinessWeek.com, Wired, and many other periodicals and books. Jeremy has also been interviewed by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, USA Today, GQ, Nightline, The Today Show, Salon.com, ABC News, NBC News, and many NPR shows. Before helping to launch Shareable.net, Jeremy was the senior editor of Greater Good magazine, where he still serves as contributing editor. During Jeremy's tenure with the print edition, Greater Good was nominated multiple times for Maggie and Independent Press awards. He is also the founder of Daddy Dialectic, which is widely considered to be one of the most influential, pioneering, and authoritative fathering blogs. In 2010-11, Jeremy will be a Knight fellow at Stanford University. You can, of course, follow him on Twitter.
Things I share: Mainly babysitting with other parents! I also share all the transportation I can, through bikes and buses and trains and carpooling.