There's been a lot of talk recently about SOPA and PIPA. The proponents of these bills claim to be promoting creativity and innovation by combating theft and subsequently piracy.
But when we watch a movie or listen to a song it's stored somewhere in our unconscious. This is especially true for pieces of work which we consider our favorites; they become a part of who we are. Arnold's "I'll be back", the "Bat Signal" in the night's sky and most notably G.C. Coleman's "Amen break" are all a part of our collective identity.
As we grow beyond our physical limitations, we have begun our great migration to the virtual frontier; the internet is now our digital conscious.
Instead of removing content and creating an alzheimeric digital identity, let's give the future Dana Birnbaums and Andy Warhols something worth re-imaging. Because creativity is never sparked by the boring and mundane.
As a teenager, I couldn't afford to buy a video camera and much less any of the other equipment I would've needed to make my own videos. I had to rely on free editing software and whatever videos I could get off the internet. What I made were many shorts like this one. After a few tries I realized I had a talent for editing. Thirteen years later and this talent has allowed me to do some great things with my life. But none of it would have happened if I didn't have those videos or those songs to play around with.