In episode four of Everything is a Remix he said, “Our new ideas evolve from the old ones.” This statement couldn’t be anymore true. As the world evolves we develop new technology; therefore, giving us the opportunity to create something better. In episode two he discusses how Star Wars uses Joseph Campbell’s ideas from the book, “The Hero with a Thousand Faces.” I think this is perfectly fine because Star Wars took parts of Campbell’s idea and incorporated it into their own idea. The creators of Star Wars took ideas from many different areas and put them together to create this awesome movie. In episode two he also claims Star Wars is an updated version of Flash Gordon. There are many similarities between the two, but I don’t think they legitimately copied Flash Gordon. I think that many movies wouldn’t exist today without the ideas of past movies. There are only so many genres, and story lines you can create. My thoughts pertaining copyright law are that it is definitely necessary. People should have the ability to protect their work/ideas because they created it. There is a level of protection people should have when they publish their work online. A copyright or patent for someones work should last around 15 years; therefore, their work is protected until a new generation of technology arrives (although technology is progressing rapidly.) Although remixing and plagiarism are very similar, I don’t believe they are the same thing. There are many ways you can “remix” something. For example, you can take a beat from a song and incorporate it into your music. When I hear the word plagiarism I think more about stealing the actual words. Which is definitely not okay! In episode one of Everything is a Remix, he uses the band Led Zepplin as an example. I wasn’t aware of how much music they published that was extremely similar to other artists. Led Zepplin even used similar lyrics to other artists, along with their beats. Led Zepplin is still an amazing band, and they were very successful. But it’s not okay for them to take other artists creations and claim them as their own.
This week I explored different online organizations that pertained to my area of study. As a criminal justice major I want to work as a criminal investigator. I mainly want to deal with rape victims, and homicide cases. I found a website called “Delaware County Women Against Rape.” I’m really happy I came across this page because I may actually get involved in this organization. This organization is full of volunteers who answer hotlines, and counsel rape victims in Delaware. The people involved seem to be very invested and dedicated to helping the victims. When I started searching for people who were conversing about the group I discovered another organization. The Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape, otherwise known as PCAR. PCAR often posts about The DCWAR. When I searched DCWAR on Facebook, PCAR’s page came up and there was a link to an article about how helpful DCWAR participants have been. The article had some really good insight on the work the organization is doing. This article looked trustworthy because its a legit site, pcar.org. I will definitely start following up on this website. When I checked on Twitter for anything DCWAR related, a few people had hash-tagged it. There were several trustworthy looking accounts but there was one that I wouldn’t necessarily follow. A woman had tagged the DCWAR in her tweet and told everyone in the Philadelphia area to come out and support a 5K they were holding. Although her post is perfectly fine, I wouldn’t follow her. I looked at her other tweets and they were random. Tweets about her kids, and her life. I think its awesome that she was trying to get people to come out and support the organization, I just wouldn’t follow her.
This weeks assignment explored many different tools we can use online. An article that I previously bookmarked pertaining my major was full of a lot of information, but there were only certain points that I wanted to highlight. Using the Diigo toolbar I was able to highlight those important parts. I was also able to add sticky notes, and annotations. These annotations will come in handy when studying for an exam or writing a paper. We also explored BitLy. BitLy is a tool we can use to shorten URLs so they aren’t crazy long. I did a test run in BitLy with my YouTube account. It shortened the URL down to six letters instead of 20 jumbled numbers and letters. BitLy makes it easier for you to remember your URL. BitLy is an awesome tool and will definitely come in handy in the future.