Rethinking the Rhetoric of Remix

  title={Rethinking the Rhetoric of Remix},
  author={Margie Borschke},
  journal={Media International Australia},
  pages={17 - 25}
  • Margie Borschke
  • Published 1 November 2011
  • Art, Sociology
  • Media International Australia
How did ‘remix’, a post-production technique and compositional form in dance music, come to describe digital culture? Is it an apt metaphor? This article considers the rhetorical use of remix in Lawrence Lessig's case for copyright reform in Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy (2008). I argue that Lessig's understanding of remix is problematic, as it seems unable to accommodate its musical namesake and obscures the particular history of media use in recent music culture… 
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