Appropriation in Culture
In the documentaries Rip! : A Remix Manifesto and Walking on Eggshells: Borrowing Culture in the Remix Age, intertextual conversations arose when both films discussed appropriation by citizens in a positive light. In Walking on Eggshells, the director focused on one specific area of appropriation which looked at how common appropriation had been in the past. Moreover, he argues that artists sometimes wish to share their music, thus arguing in favor of mass appropriation. In Rip!, the director expands on those ideas by arguing why copyright laws are evil by applying that concept to different fields like medicine and plants. Due to the ridiculousness of copyright laws, mass appropriation should be allowed and such an act will benefit our culture because many new works could be created.
The main premise behind Walking on Eggshells is the prevalence of appropriation. Examples throughout history were used like Picasso’s paintings being similar to old African paintings. Moreover, in television, cartoon characters such as Bugs Bunny referenced famous people like Mozart to entertain children. Finally, in music, Daft Punk was essentially a fusion of the works of Mozart and Beethoven. With so many instances of appropriation, it is hard to punish everyone for committing it. Moreover, artists sometimes do not care about money, and so they are willing to let their music be downloaded for free or be remixed because they care more about sharing their art than making money. Simply put, we have all the music in the world for us to define ourselves and our culture.
Rip! discussed a wide range of topics about appropriation and expanded on a lot of points Walking on Eggshells made. Rip! also suggested that appropriation should be something anyone can legally do. Rip! justified this by pointing out the ridiculousness...