One might think that studying and composing video remixes has nothing to do with being a writer, but in fact, writers demonstrate the same concepts as a video remix composer. I think writing and video composing are both considered art and can be analyzed in that category, instead of separating them.
From the video, “Everything is a remix”, it says “yet these techniques collecting material, combining it and forming it are the same ones you use at any level of creation.” I completely agree with this thought. When creating a video remix, you use an already developed video, but are still forming your own original ideas to generate new meaning. When writing, you be using an idea or thought from someone else and editing or expanding it. Or you may be creating a completely new idea. It’s all a form of art which is why studying and composing video remixes could be very valuable for a writer.
Kim Middleton states in her article, Remix Video and the Crisis of Humanities, “Remix video is not the answer to the crises of the humanities; rather, the recognition of a common set of practices, skills, and values underpinning scholars and video practitioners’ work provides the basis for a coalitional approach: identification of shared opportunities to promote and engage potential participants in the modes of thinking and production that contend with complex cultural ideas.” She labels that it as the “recognition of a common set of practices, skills and values” and not only that, but also says they make products with complex cultural ideas in mind. Writers are often writing about cultural ideas, current events, what is wrong and right today in the world, and this is exactly what video remix composers are doing. This is another reason why writers could learn valuable lessons from media remixes.
One last reason why writers could learn valuable lessons from video composers is because of history. Video remixes are not just horror movies recreated into comedies. They are so much more than that. They discuss topics happening now, but more importantly, history. In Jonathan McIntosh article, A history of subversive remix video before YouTube: Thirty political video mashups made between World War II and 2005, he states, “These transformative works, by their very nature, are suspicious of and challenge political, corporate, media, and social power structures. They focus on a wide array of issues, including race, gender, sexuality, and economics, in addition to more overtly political topics of government, public policy, and warfare.” There are several political video mashups out there that contain a great foundation for studying history. It will be a great way for writers and authors to become better writers by giving them a visual to help them better understand a time period or even daily current events.
In conclusion, writers could learn valuable lessons from video composers, and I also believe video composers could learn valuable lessons from writers. Now that some studies suggest media as a negative outlook, I vary my thoughts on media. I have thought writing would actually be the better alternative, but all in all, video composers are doing the same routines as a writer would and I think they both are very powerful.