Remix culture is a significant part of daily life, and quite often we are unaware of this. As active “produsers”, a term coined by Axel Bruns, we as a community are essentially perpetuating crowdsourced creation and remix culture through sharing and reworking (Bruns, 2008).
By taking an image from the internet to include in a collage, by sharing an image on Meme Generator for others to caption or by using the globally acclaimed app Dubsmash, each and every one of us is contributing the the remix culture we live in.
A perfect example of this remix culture in action is conveyed in A Bad Lip Reading of Twilight — one of my personal favourites included on the Bad Lip Reading YouTube channel,— in which copyrighted work has been edited to become something new, adding a new layer of meaning to the former text.
Dark Lord Funk’s Harry Potter parody of the popular Uptown Funk is just another prime example demonstrating how produsers are changing the creative content landscape in favour of remix culture.
It is undeniable then, remixing is everywhere, and consequently almost everything is a remix.
- Bruns, A., 2010, ‘Distributed Creativity: File Sharing and Produsage’, Accessed 15 April 2015, http://snurb.info/files/2010/Distributed%20Creativity%20-%20Filesharing%20and%20Produsage.pdf