I got a postcard in the mail the other day from WFMU announcing their upcoming record fair in NYC. Unfortunately, I won’t be making it up next weekend, but I did notice an announcement about some Negativland shorts under the title of “Our Favorite Things” and I was intrigued. So I Youtub’d “Negativland Favorite Things” and hit pay dirt. “Our Favorite Things” is a collection of “video shorts from our favorite copyleft heroes,” to quote WFMU’s description, “from U2 to Gimme the Mermaid here’s a solid hour of good, illegal fun.”
Negativeland is simply awesome, an artistic, mashed up approach to critiquing the state of copyright and ownership. And their ability to imaginatively re-contextualize the basis of our culture in so many provocative and exciting ways is mind blowing. This is what I would like be doing as an educational technologist, helping to create madness rather than cultivating the consumption of courses.