“Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy” Book Review Post

In Lessig’s book, the argument is made that corporations have to rethink their approach to dealing with copyright laws as technology and culture change. The old methods of zero tolerance aren’t adaptable and in fact misses on other experiences to make money. 

Many artists today create work by sampling and drawing from other sources to create a new experience never thought of before. This needs to be recognized and guided, not shutdown. Bowlderizing new art is harmful to the development of art and turns the people against the powers that be. 

The Creative Commons was created as an easier, more accessible means to claiming ownership, but in ways that allows flexibility and hybrid means to creating value, weather it be monetary or social. 

This book would connect with the net neutrality media we’ve been seeing lately. Although it’s not a perfect parallel, it draws on the themes of the people wanting media and arts to go one way, but corporations ignoring the will of the people and attempting to lobby the government to keep the money in their own pockets. 

Learning about the hybrid economies was really illuminating. Lessig talks about the different ways there can be user driven websites that still can be monetized, but don’t interfere too much with the experience of the average user. People can congregate for something like the Harry Potter Fan Club to talk about literature they like, and corporations can embrace this because it’s free marketing for them in a lot of ways. It’s going to be interesting to see where the balance between people/corporations/money/freedom is going to rest in ten years, especially with a population more educated into technology and it’s ability to express. 

Week 9 Post: Content Strategy

Our content strategy right is now evenly divided amongst the team in different ways. The responsilbility every team member has is actively searching for people to interview. Once the interviews are conducted, Anne Marie using her writing skills will simplify and clean the interviews to make it more presentable, supervise the content, and then send a draft to me to approve. Although the last step is more of a formality, my job is to make sure the content we release is uniform. Other members focus on creating the website, logo, and for the time being use word of mouth/grassroots means of promoting Arts Agora. 


Our audience are Columbia students looking to understand their field of studies more in the post graduate scope. Students who want to understand the job market ahead of them and plan accordingly are invited to use Arts Agora to understand better networking, job openings, and the overall experience of their major. 



Final Project Proposal: Arts Agora

With insecurities in the developing and existing artistic industry, students face a daunting and unsure future within their majors and passions. Although there is no guarantee or easy way in, there are still promising stories of numerous hardworking Columbia students whose success has surpassed the norms.


Arts Agora: creating a webspace for Columbia students and alumni to showcase upcoming projects, successes, success stories, how to break into the industry etc..


           This will be a space specifically for Columbia students, to try and raise morale and show that people in our chosen fields can be successful and show how they do it.


We will create a Tumblr, create a logo, create an email account, and a twitter. Other venues of social media are still being explored. . Arts Agora will include interviews, pictures of completed works and works in progress of grads, professionals, maybe even feature students- updates on where they are and their plans and other relevant information. Make it about current students as well. (Maybe have submissions, feature someone once a week/month).


           We need to find and research successful Columbia grads and professionals willing to communicate with us and talk about their successes (what they did to get where they are). We will each research some people we think might be interested in this project and try to interview them.

Team Responsibilities

           Stephanie- Co-Social Media Consultant/Graphic Designer, logo, tumblr,


           Gene- Twitter, Quality/Talent Control,


           Anne Marie- Co-Social Media Consultant


Tim B – Motion Graphics, C.O.O.


Digital Assets




Gmail : ArtsAgora@gmail.com


Reaction to A Remix Manifesto

As a filmmaker who has an inclination for screenwriting, witnessing how powerful corporations will protect their property in aggressive ways is scary. Movies should be inclusive and draw upon things from culture to create a complete story. Being able to reference new technology, classic music, events or symbols, I believe, creates a modern cinema experience. Film also has the ability to criticize. If entities protected by law can only be accessed when the medium gives a positive meaning of said entity, then corporations will be able to slant the peoples perspective. Without criticism, people are unaware of cultural problems, corporations diminishing our rights, the state of the government, and so on. Although I do believe that people should get recognition of their work and be paid if reused or sample to some degree, I think ultimately the balance that the world will find will result in the corporations losing their ability to strong arm smaller groups of people into submission. I support capitalism as a viable source of economy, but the people need to participate in measures that balances the powers corporations have and set a standard where money isn’t the only incentive behind decisions. 

Writing For New Media Pitch Review

The pitching was a pretty exciting thing. Public speaking is something people get nervous about but everyone did well in communicating their ideas and presenting themselves as a speaker. I thought a lot of students had some really interesting topics that I would really be down to support. Topics ranged anywhere from global politics to helping students out at the grassroots levels. Some topics, like the online book club, I legit believed could be a popular website that I would visit myself. Other topics seemed a little less researched and developed but the students still seemed passionate and that’s what is important. 

If my project, Artists Algora were to ever be developed I would love for it to be a Columbia network for students to realistically learn about the industries their going to enter from similar standpoints, not a Columbia brochure (not saying Columbia isn’t extremely helpful) but just to get kids to build confidence. I think a live discussion about how to advance in Chicago with a diploma is what students need, and grads alike to help those who have similar dreams. 

“The Political Power of Social Media” Writeup

Interesting that the author recognizes how revolutions and political changes have occurred to social media like the one in Thailand, but also how ultimately, one must also consider the other factors involved. Social media helps people organize and focus when there is no established organization and do so in a timely manner. This makes authoritarian governments worried as worldwide people will be able to protest and hold those in power accountable more frequently. As America enters the discussion of internet freedom globally, Clinton talks about the importance of creating safe search engines and servers in places like Iran. As important I would argue this is, I would agree with the article that private contracts can botch technology and create avenues for bellicose countries to trace back unwanted technology back to America. 

I’ve never thought before that once the idea was to get oppressed countries to have the freedoms to critique their authority in public, nowadays, that right is expected to be coupled with the freedom to tweet, facebook, or text these critiques as well safely. 

Week 2, Writeup 2

The Internet Must Go although funny, is a scary foreshadowing of what might happen to the internet. Corporations have a tendency to beat out the common folk and I wouldn’t imagine that this would unfold any differently.

Cable collapsed to capitalistic extortion in a matter of a few decades, but this time the people have a direct involvement in the matter at hand. Hopefully with activism, and the mass losing Facebook, people will drastically respond and demand fairness.

It’s interesting that people’s opinions to this topic edge on socialism. An even more open, public run ISP seems to be the preferred route amongst Americans.