Progression Works!

CT 101 has opened a wide variety of assignments to choose to work with. It is not a simple task at times, but in the long run it is my very own creation. Out of all works/assignments, there are actually two that interests me the most. The first is Digital Storytelling (animation, GIF, music media etc.) because I love the artwork and idea of complying numerous ideas into one piece. Secondly, I find blog posting quite interesting hence, sharing my thoughts and personal point of view on such topics is one way of expressing myself.

I cannot think of what I am least interested in because there are too many media options to either try or pass. And I have completed them all. No to say I love them all, but they definitely grasp my attention and makes me want to try more. I will say however, that the process of getting assignments done is time consuming. Especially DST, where I must work on a project for hours and it does not come out exactly how I had in mind.

One of the difficulties in this course is trying to really figure out everything on my own. It’s pretty cool and very open allowing me to do as I wish however, there is not much guidelines to creativity which can be both good and bad. Bad because, what if I am stuck for a longer period of time working on a project than anticipated. I guess that is where pacing myself plays the role. At times I attempt to create something and it does not always appear the way I originally planned it to be. For instance, I recently created a GIF based on copyright. However, the image appears almost overly threshold. What can I do to create a clean moving image? Recreate it?

A positive view in this course is measured by the range of  freedom. To elaborate, this course allow students be open minded, productive, moderate, limitless and suffice in their work. I believe originality is key to passing this course.

I have completed over 8 posts, including the following:
Digital Storytelling
Blogs/ Weekly Reflections

As I reviewed my work for CT101, I realize that I have made great progress and I am a big believer in progress. My thing is, if it does not work the first time, keep trying and eventually it will come to pass. It doesn’t have to be perfect, although we do strive for perfection. Your best work is sufficient for the time being. And that was a lesson I learned. When I realize something does not work for me, I try to think of what I need to improve and I go from there. I have improved in my piece however, I really need to polish up my timing. When an assignment is due, I tend to complete it or post it after the due date which throws me off. However, in the end, I know to myself the assignment is completed. I suppose the one thing that motivates me is the idea I put together in my personal webpage. I am not quite pleased to a full extent in the current presentation of my webpage. However, I do intend to progress and advance my management. Therefore, this will be or should I say, this is my motivation. To pursue what I began. Points also play a big role in motivating me to get where I want to be. Hence, I do plan on passing this course and taking what I have learned so that I can apply it to building/hosting my personal webpage.


Do Not Duplicate

What is copyright you may ask? It is defined as, the exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same. Or in other words copyright does not protect ideas, and concepts. However, it is legal ownership of the creator who also allows people such as us to use their works. Therefore, copyright is there so that no one can “claim” your original idea is theirs. That brings up another point of originality. Originality comes from the person(s) who put together their ideas to create something extravagant. Therefore, it is simple to take credit in the works of another individual. But think about the after effect. Eventually others will hear or see your work, and not only will they be interested in sharing but also using. Users of the web should possibly think about copyright more often. If it is done wrong, it could cause them some time in jail for taking the original idea to claim it as their own. Fortunately we have access to fair use. Fair use is the act of copying but in the use of comments, critique, or parody of a copyright. In short, you can create a whole new idea using the original. For example, let’s say you really like a song by Imagine Demons and you want to tweak it a little. You decide to add some cool sound effects or maybe create a mash-up. Sounds cool huh? Well guess what? Congratulations you just mixed it to make it your own. You combined your idea with the artist or creator.

Let’s take a look at a locksmith. What does he do? Does he not duplicate the original key? Is that considered copyright? Their profession serves a great service to the community but do they have legal right to copy something original? While some keys are cut legally, others are stamped “Do Not Duplicate.”            dup key

That sounds familiar now doesn’t it? The comparison of copyright has its stamp stating “Do Not Duplicate” abbreviated or symbolized by ©. We see this in our school books, in movies, on a legal document, CDs and DVDs etc.
There are a few great points Larry Lessig made in his TEDTalk video. For instance Lessig states, “The importance of this is not the technique that you see in here.” Furthermore, he continues to say, “The importance is that, that technique has been democratized… These tools of creativity have become tools of speech. It is literacy for this generation.” Before Lessig states this, he presents a few clips that regale his audience. In this he is stating that technology is our new democracy. In everything we do today is done through the internet. We learn technology very quickly and so we are capable to transfer information.

Is ‘Fair Use’ Fair

The article Kind of Screwed claims, “There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about “fair use” on the Internet.”

The article Appeal Finds Fair Use In Richard Prince’s “Canal Zone” Series states, “Still, the appeal leaves it to the lower court to decide just how much an artist needs to affect an image in order to change it.”

According to both articles, they state the same thing only in dissimilar words. I believe the new law to ‘fair use’ is indifferent to web users. Both users were sued for similar motives. I chose these two quotes because I agree. In my previous blog post I stated, “Fair use is the act of copying but in the use of comments, critique, or parody of a copyright.” It is only fair to acknowledge the creator of an image, video, music production and many other artistic works. There is no telling what that person as a group or individual went through to get where they are now. Let’s say for example, your friend asked you to create a mind-blowing canvas for her 21st birthday party. This image is going to be epic.Why!? Because it will be original. Your very own design on paper. Would it not be fair if you didn’t receive credit or recognition for your exertion? Or as you all may remember the good old days when schools would organize a gathering just to celebrate you. All of your family members, friends, teachers, counselors, school principle and many others who recognizes you as unique gather for a special ceremony performed for you. Because it was worth your talent, your hard-work and your idea to be known to all. Now you’re probably thinking about the way it made you feel.

The first article describing and illustrating to the readers of Andy Baio’s re-creation left me jaw dropping. I am an emergent photographer and with all due respect, there are some images that is worth re-creating. It’s not the idea that is being changed. It is the visual of an idea. And I believe this is what Baio was expressing in his photos. I actually thought it was pretty cool. Personally, it must have been time consuming to put together a pixel version of an image. But it was worth the time.

In both cases, the usage of art ended as a criminal judgment. Considering the law, these men were freely expressing their creativity. The first quote is fairly stating that users are easily misled by the laws of fair use. I believe this is true because, you cannot just take the work of someone other than yourself and find no suit to fit their craft. A subject we are all familiar with is plagiarism. Plagiarism is merely the act of taking ones work, claiming it is originally theirs. However, plagiarism is not considered plagiarism unless it is not recognized by the author. A piece is not plagiarized or accepted if not quoted. Get the point? It is the same construction or concept in copyright and fair use.

Each of us has a talent and a creative mind, and I believe there is so much more to our minds than we comprehend. For instance, in the second article about Richard Prince it seems there has to be a limited degree before an image is considered modified. Whether or not he knew his work, I thought he attempted to be ridiculous. He didn’t just change the image but he changed the saturation of it. I do not think this image was thoughtfully put together as the ones by Baio. It was just cropped, erased, pasted and drawn on.

I understand the points made to both the artist and re-creative artist.  Nevertheless, my conviction toward this is unfairness. After reading and understanding both articles, I have come to a conclusion that the law of fair use is not working. People will always find a way to express their creativity whether they are given credit to or not. What is fair and what is denoted will only suffice in the doctrines of fair use. And if copyright is meant to protect an original piece, I would not alternate the laws of fair use.