Remix: the art and craft of endless hybridization

Knobel, Michele, and Lankshear, Colin (2008) Remix: the art and craft of endless hybridization. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 52 (1). pp. 22-33.

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Remix means to take cultural artifacts and combine and manipulate them into new kinds of creative blends. In this sense, remix is as old as human cultures, and human cultures are themselves products of remixing. Since the late 1980s, however—originating with highly contrived forms of music remix by dancehall DJs—remix practices have been greatly amplified in scope and sophistication by recent developments in digital technologies. These make it possible for home-based digital practitioners to produce polished remixes across a range of media and cultural forms. This has in turn strengthened remix culture, encouraging seemingly endless hybridizations in language, genre, content, technique, and the like, and raised questions of legal, educational, and cultural import. This article samples remix culture and identifies some key implications remix practices have for literacy in general, and literacy education in particular.

Item ID: 6502
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1936-2706
Keywords: digital remix; digital literacies; new literacies; computers; literacy education
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2010 23:45
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950202 Languages and Literacy @ 100%
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