Remixing content is defined as changing original content and adding other content to it to make something new. Anything which is uploaded on the internet can be used by other people whether they are just copying it or remixing it. Nowadays pretty much anything is made freely available online, it does not need to be paid for by its viewers.
An advantage of content being freely available online is anyone can view it. Therefore Nest (2013) states this increases people’s knowledge as the internet can spread information. The available content is mostly educational and can be used as a resource for teaching. This can be hugely beneficial to those who are not in full time education. Another advantage stated by Nest (2013) is that freely available content can help with research. Content which is online can be developed by other researches and expanded on. An additional advantage is there are many websites which people can use to advertise their content. For example, Youtube, has been used by many artists and comedians to promote themselves and build a reputation. Youtube has led to many people becoming well known and successful.
On the other hand a disadvantage of content being freely available online is that the person who produces the content is not gaining anything according to Hodgkins (2014). Another disadvantage is people can take other producer’s content and remix it or credit it as their own work without giving any acknowledgement to the original producer. The original producer is therefore being given a bad deal as they will not receive any credit for the remix or make any profit from it.
In my personal experience content being freely available online is a great advantage to users of the internet. I use online content on a daily basis, especially for University work. It is an extremely practical and effective way to research University assignments, for example. I also think it is a good, modern way for people to make a name for themselves. Viewers are unlikely to want to pay for content by artists and comedians they have never heard of in case they do not like their work. Therefore it makes sense to make the content free until they have built a name for themselves.
- Beats House,. (2011). Usher Ft Pitbull – Dj Got us Fallin\’ in Love (DJ TRIBIL REMIX). Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/beatshouse/5842191657/in/photolist-9UfL3n-abwHgV-rQMRs-brC4qq-9Wgt5c-9Wgtdk-9WjhYJ-7BrnNU-bhfCZX-9ZUA7j-6zd2mr-6v9GK5-85L2vt-3Puoq6-kC19U-btgWhb-bGhdCD-kC4KQ-6dGUmz-5nztXo-daH5bk-61378n-DMN76-5nztZQ-eUD7bu-bwWzbu-aBQv5h-e8Wbme-eQq8Hc-pkx7v-bhfDcB-q916hU-bhfCVK-bhfDvn-9SeCAL-9QjvU4-a83S7d-cEjZvu-8bATRZ-ptyAoo-qqnSbK-DMNa8-9YoPGW-9YkUDc-bhfD6R-bJHqzk-9YkUJa-9YkUKK-9YkUBH-9YkUQv
- Hodgkins, T. (2014). Explain the advantages and disadvantages to a content producer of making their materials freely available online. Living And Working On The Web. Retrieved from http://uosm2008.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/uosm 2008-explain-advantages-and.html
- Nest, K. (2013). The Advantages and Disadvantages of a Content Producer Making their Materials Freely Available online. Kathryn Nest on the Web. Retrieved from https://blog.soton.ac.uk/kn4g10/2013/05/22/the-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-a-content-producer-making-their-materials-freely-available-online/