TWS141: The End of the Beginning

On November 14, 2009, in Episodes, by the Encaffeinated ONE

TWS141: The End of the Beginning

Promo: The House of Grey book – Only one more chapter remains in this exciting book. That means you can get it all, and mainline it without the wait. And you *will* want to mainline it, trust me! 😉

CQ: We currently live in a remix culture: cover songs, music sampling, movie reimagining, book sequels not by the original author, classic books rewritten with zombies and sea monsters.. Is this just an initial reaction to having all of our culture, past and present, at our fingertips, or is it a sign of diminishing originality? Will it reduce once the initial fervour has passed, or will it hold steady as a significant part of future culture?

On the show this week:

  • The Beginning of the End
  • Somewhere Near the Middle of the Beginning of the End
  • Most Definitely Coming At Least Close to the End of the Beginning of the End

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One Response to TWS141: The End of the Beginning

  1. For the Challenge Question, I answer “yes and no.”

    Thanks to a combination of creative commons, public domain, and the internet, a lot of things which never could have happened with old stuff is now happening. So, Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, that sort of thing. We also get a lot of audio dramas that normally we would have had to pay for. Paying for Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and so on when those things are public domain kind of sucks.

    On the yes side, how many new moves come out that are new concepts? So many of them are an adaptation of this or that or a crappy sequel. That “remix” part is not the result of the organic, bottom-up revolution in media. It’s a result of the media companies losing track of their real purpose: to entertain. They take the easy route and don’t take risks, and then blame the public’s lackluster response to their fare on pirates. I know lots and lots of people with the ability to watch pirated movies, but I only know one person who actually does pirate.

    There’s really just not that much out there that the big companies are producing that is worth a crap, so why should we pay 10 USD to sit in the theater and watch their crap.

    On the no side again, thanks to creative commons, people have the ability to “remix” music provided by artists no one has heard of to produce phenomenal audio for fiction podcasts. That’s stuff that wouldn’t have been nearly as good without the “remix,” and provides a great bit of publicity for unknown artists. It’s spawning new creativity and making more room on the playing field for unknowns to make a name for themselves.

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