Art, Rocks and Obama (Or how to live in the age of the perpetual remix)
Back when I was in the record business one of my bosses would always say you can find the future by looking at the edges.
Well he didn’t say that exactly but he would always go first to the gay clubs and see what they was listening to now because he claimed, by next year, everyone would be listening to it.
Some things don’t change.
Last year while visiting friends in Detroit a faghag friend of mine told me after a heated discussion, to “kick rocks!”
Being a 40 year old man not up on the latest slang I had no idea what that meant.
But since I dig clever I asked.
“It’s like when a kid leaves upset with his head down and he kicks the first thing he sees. It’s gay slang for ‘fuck off!’.”
A quick twitter search for “kick rocks” shows that a phrase found in the gay slang dictionary has now moved to teenagers and rappers who probably have no idea where it came from. It won’t be long till it’s used in a New York Times opinion piece.
It’s been co-opted, remixed, or whatever else you want to call the way things move through culture today.
Which brings us to the current controversy concering Obama, the AP and artist Shepard Fairey.
Fairey created the now iconic Hope poster of President Obama based on a little known AP picture.
Now this won’t be the case that frees remixes, mashups and other cool stuff from legal limbo. (It involves the President so it will be quietly resolved.)
But it makes it abundantly clear that the rules we created in the 20th Century are now practically archaic. And when you attempt to use them on 21st Century situations they sound ridiculous to current sensibilities.
Everything introduced to the public will be remixed and used in purposes that is only limited by imagination.
It’s the age we live in.
You have to accept that you never know where things will end up.
For the past week I have been in battle with the 70 year old lady that lives next door.
Trying to avoid an all out war with the lady I went to talk to her yesterday evening.
I explained my case and asked her to start being reasonable.
She told me, no lie, to “kick rocks”.Explore posts in the same categories: Army Of One, chartreuse (beta), new rules, NYC, NYTimes comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.