Political Remix - Counter Culture

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Political Remix - Counter Culture

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Political Remix can be, and already is, a critical tool for youth and youth activists. When you Remix to take a piece of pop culture media and you change it in a way that creates new media that represents your culture or times. You may concerned about the legality of this act, especially because of the stream of negative rhetoric coming from corporations telling you its illegal to take copyrighted material and use it for your own purposes. However, thanks to the revolutionary documents this country was founded on we are free to "appropriate" copyrighted material as long as we follow some guidelines.


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Political Remix can be, and already is, a critical tool for youth and youth activists. When you Remix to take a piece of pop culture media and you change it in a way that creates new media that represents your culture or times. You may concerned about the legality of this act, especially because of the stream of negative rhetoric coming from corporations telling you its illegal to take copyrighted material and use it for your own purposes. However, thanks to the revolutionary documents this country was founded on we are free to "appropriate" copyrighted material as long as we follow some guidelines. These are called Fair Use Laws. Please google this right now and learn more about it. Also, look up Lawrence Lessig and the Fair Use Remix Institute (FURI).

Remix has always been part of history. Poets, artists, and writers have "recycled" bits and pieces from past history to create new culture.

Remix, when done right, can hold government and politicians accountable. It can challenge corporate media and break the stereotypical molds that advertisements create for youth.

But most importantly, remix is one way to take part, fully, in this democracy. This country can't function as it was meant to if there are no voices that can speak out against injustices.

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