In this course, we will approach remix culture from many perspectives: as a genre, as an aesthetic, as an analytic framework, as a set of existing practices, and as a sort of cultural movement.
We will examine core concepts, theories and practices involved in remix culture(s), focusing on the ways in which these practices implicate issues and questions that are central to developing a better understanding of the information society: from the alleged rise of piracy and plagiarism in the digital age, to growing concerns about the enclosure of the commons, to enduring hopes about the potential democratization of cultural production and distribution. The course design revolves heavily around experiential learning.
Note: This course includes multiple screenings. These will be scheduled outside the normal class hours, but if students can not attend the group screening they will be able to view the films or videos on their own in the UTL Media Commons. Please allow approx. 2.5-3 hours for each screening.