Pirates Stole Stick’s Masterpiece!
And that’s exactly what we wanted!
Today KidZoo YouTube channel messaged us that she remixed her own reading video of Stick’s Masterpiece. The message was somewhat timid, hoping she hadn’t done something wrong by remixing our work into her own creation.
Not at all! Remixes are exactly what we want. Please, take our stories, make them your own, sell them, get rich, and get famous. We only ask two favors:
- Mention our name to give us any credit you think we might deserve.
- Make your derivative works similarly available for others to use.
Getting remixed is the sincerest kind of complement, and the best kind of advertising. Without eyeballs enjoying our stories, our stories are worthless. We want to reach as many eyeballs as possible. By encouraging copying, sharing, and remixing, we reach eyeballs that we never would have otherwise.
UPDATE: today is August 30th, 18 days after posting their video, and KidZoo’s video has 4,974 views! I only have 228 views, and I posted mine 32 days before they did.
See what I mean, that’s a lot of extra eyeballs!
Check out KidZoo’s video of Stick’s Masterpiece below. Yeah, I’m man enough to admit hers is better than mine.
So, please, go remix our stuff. If you send us a link, we’ll even help you share your work!
Stealing our stories is not evil
Okay, if you try to write Stick’s Masterpiece off as your own, you’re a punk, but that’s not the kind of stealing we’re talking about. Frankly, we’re not worried about that kind of stealing because anyone smart enough to pull it off is too smart to try. When we say “steal” we mean remix.
Sadly, remixing seems to have stumbled into a bum rap. People label remixing with terms like “rip off” and “pirate.” But if you think about it, isn’t remixing actually the glorious mechanism by which all creation is realized. Isn’t everything a remix?
What creativity can happen without
ripping off and pirating remixing? Starting from zero every time would be worse than reinventing the wheel everytime you wanted to build something. It would be more like having to reinvent the atom every time you wanted to build something.
Everything is a remix
To create great stuff, we shouldn’t reinvent the atom every time, we should build on the foundations that have already been laid, we should stand on the shoulders of giants, as Isaac Newton once said. When we realize that all creation is merely the reordering and remixing of already existing materials, this understanding unlocks from within us new channels of unrestricted creativity.
To really appreciate the power of the remix, watch Kirby Ferguson’s Everything is a Remix.
I invented nothing new. I simply assembled the discoveries of other men behind whom were centuries of work. Had I worked fifty or ten or even five years before, I would have failed. So it is with every new thing. Progress happens when all the factors that make for it are ready and then it is inevitable. To teach that a comparatively few men are responsible for the greatest forward steps of mankind is the worst sort of nonsense. Henry Ford