Kirby Ferguson made the great “Everything is a Remix” series of videos.
Here, he discusses how creativity, in any field, can be seen as a result of remixing. Via boingboing.
I don’t need to run down his resume… if you’re reading this, chances are you’ve heard of Lessig before. You probably know that we have him (and others) to thank for the sanity of Creative Commons licensing. Creative Commons has greatly contributed to the explosion of remix culture that’s become so emblematic of the early 21st Century.
While best known for his work on intellectual property law, Lessig said he’d changed his focus over the last year and a half to focus on the problem of corruption in public institutions like governments. Valuable work.
What did he have to say?
He pointed the audience to change-congress.org, and recommended that we all go “on strike” by refusing to donate to any political campaign that accepts corporate donations or money from lobbyists.
He’s a smart guy — I really hope that he can make a difference on this issue, but honestly, the pragmatist in me isn’t hopeful.
Tangentially, he’s an absolutely excellent speaker, and his presentation was quite inspiring. If you should happen to have a chance to see this guy talk, I definitely suggest you go out of your way for it. It was well worth the time.