That preamble got me thinking about the phenomenon of remixing. With the rise of digital media, the remix approach met the network effect. Many people have become successful in taking things from others within their domain, and outside them, to combine them for artistic effect, political purpose, or just self-expression. For example, its a natural phenomenon. At a family brunch this past weekend, we got talking about DNA and its changes over time. (Yes, we have a high proportion of nerds.) One family member contributed the thought that viruses may be one of the important factors in genetic evolution as they combine with the host DNA to change it in some way. In a very real sense the process is a remix from existing components that produces something new. We just haven’t had the ability to tease out the component factors easily before. Today, many, many people have the option to remix the products of others.
The possibilities are endless.