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Remixed: Media, Lessig pg. 68-76

An interesting correlation is made between media and the information that it is presenting at all times. Specifically, there is mention of how all the elite people back in the day spoke latin and all the common people spoke the regional languages. The elite didn’t speak the common tongues because they believed their information was important so that only other elitist would be able to understand it and the common people were only given the information that others deemed they should know. This is similar to how information is transmitted today through modern medias. Not everyone can make media at the highest level of professionalism but everyone can be influenced by it. Those influences only hold merit based on the culture they were based on. In other words, these remixes only have meaning because of the meaning surrounded by the items that they were pulled from.

Below is a link from Jonathan McIntosh mentioned in the writing.

This clip particularly exemplifies the point made above. Its part of our culture that you cant trust the news and alot of people do not trust Fox News especially. The video, without the context of what it references in our culture, really has no meaning.

The next link is another specifically mentioned in the text about how although remixing may be used to clarify or project a particular meaning it can also be used to askew one as well.

In summary, in regards to remixes “their meaning comes not from the content of what they say; it comes from the reference, which is expressible only if it is the original that gets used.”  Meaning without the the original content the new content can not be made. More importantly without the original context the new context can not be conveyed.


Remixing is the way we combine different media resources into a new way of representing a message into a new visual context. The way Lessig represents media as a single form and then introducing the human factor of combining these works into a newly developed form using two media sources. In the change of time and age of technology we are now able to remix a media form into something no one has ever seen before. This is what the human participatory population wants to see, something new. Years ago when technology was not as advanced as it is today we were unable to remix a media and take it back to its original form, we were only able to basically destroy it for good. Today’s digital ages allows us to direct pieces of media digitally and still allowing us to have its original state. In the example that Lessig gave about Bush’s speech being media remixed, shows an intention of people to harm ones profile over the media sources. The way the media content was displayed to the public allowed for everyones point of views to then be altered into another state, then allowing people to act differently toward Bush from their previous perspective. The participatory population is the one accepting factor on how media gets transformed into a media source that everyone is familiar with and whats to become aport of.