What are remixes?
Remixes are incorporated creations that use material that is pre-existing. The material is brought to the cutting board where it is chopped, diced, cubed and served back with one or more pre-existing creation(s). It is taking something someone made, changing it to the point that the only representation still held is the legacy that the quote, clip or song still holds in order to convey another rendering of a personal creation. By using well known pieces, it allows the audience to gather the pop culture in order to find the humor, message or idea that is made in this new rendition of what was already considered known. If the piece is unknown then it becomes more difficult to empower the remix because people cannot draw from the previously distributed information that makes a remix: a remix.
The goal of a remix in my mind is to holistically pioneer new media and channels for art and creation using pre-existing pop culture and rhetoric that has value to the masses. Thus pushing our ability to tell tales to people, while taking our stories to places that are new and exciting for both the creator and the onlooker.
I believe in certain exemplary ways that remixes benefit the visual culture we have cultivated, and that it is a benefits to the idea of communication itself. Because there will be micro evolutions of the channel, message and implementation, these creations seem to be outside the limits of our right to be creative.
The crux of the matter is that all oral culture has been changed into visual culture, but because it is new and exciting people want to capitalize on the profitability. By slapping rights and restrictions on content it prevents from further revelation of innovating ways to tell stories that were already known by all, but distributed the context and content in a different manner.