Through the Education Lens

A New Way to Look at Copying: a Prerequisite for Innovation & Creativity?

CJ Westerberg, March 14, 2013 10:09 AM


Image above: Three Musicians, Pablo Picasso, Image sizing altered to fit format

(Editor's Note: Sometimes I will republish a classic that has been previously published in The Daily Riff not out of laziness :) but because it has to do with today's conversation with someone.
Rather than sending a link, I realize they we have quite the library here . . .
And, again, the feedback on The Daily Riff has been amazing.  Thanks all.  Much appreciate.
-C.J. Westerberg)

"Bad artists copy. 
Good artists steal.
"To copy others is necessary, but to copy oneself is pathetic."
 - Pablo Picasso

Is Re-Mix a Better Word?
Thomas Edison & Steve Jobs 
Video Below

In this third installment of the video series by Kirby Ferguson, "Everything is a Re-mix,"  
Ferguson cites  "The Basic Elements of Creativity" as three distinct steps:
1)  Copy
2)  Transform
3)  Combine

Are all breakthroughs essentially re-mixes? 

One particular point in the video below which caught our eye was how iconic writer, Hunter S. Thompson, author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, among others, "copied" F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, The Great Gatsby, by actually re-copying every word to better learn the "feel of writing a great novel" to eventually become the creator of "gonzo journalism" - brilliant, unique, informed, irreverent.  How to abstract?  By understanding the literal? 

Obviously, this is a different kind of copying than what we usually associate it with, as it relates to learning and school. Plagiarism and originality.

We stand corrected.  Or, maybe should try Hunter Thompson's technique -- and be able to write like . . .


Previously Published The Daily Riff July 2011

H/t FastcoDesign

Related posts in The Daily Riff:

The Creative Brain with Charlie Rose - "Inspiration is for amateurs. The rest of us just show up and to work. . . because everything grows out of work.  You do something and it kicks open a door . . . " - artist and interviewee Chuck Close

What Makes Kids Creative?  A Box or a Spaceship?

The Creative Crisis via Newsweek - "The correlation to lifetime creative accomplishment was more than three times stronger for childhood creativity than childhood IQ."

The Creativity Initiative in Singapore by Bill Jackson

14 Ways to Say NO to Creativity - Does it Look Like your mindset?

How Creative are You?  . . . the test

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Everything is a Remix Part 3 from Kirby Ferguson on Vimeo.

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