Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Remixing Primary Sources

This activity tackles new formats and new ways of creative expression that remix and digital media allow. Students are asked to creatively remix text, audio from speeches and broadcasts, audio from videos, and music clips in new and engaging ways.

Unlike many of the other activities and units in this course, there are few precedents or clear genres for this type of remix. Musicians, hobbyists, professional editors, and YouTube users are making up the rules as they go along.

For this activity student have to mix at least two different peices of media/primary sources from a particular time period centering on a particular theme(though an interesting twist would be to mix media on the same theme but from different time periods). The themes can be sports, fashion, politics, entertainment, almost any aspect of culture or society.

Here's a warm up example that I use as a scafolding model--the topic isbaseball of the 1930s. Students work in pairs to remix two of these three primary sources:

Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech in which he calls himself “The luckiest man on the face of this earth”

Excerpts from The Spalding Base Ball Guide, 1939 From the Library of Congress' American Memory Collection.

The radio broadcast from the 1936 World Series in which Lou Gehrig hits a home run in the second inning from the Internet Archive

The Library of Congress' American Memory Collection and the Internet Archive are excellent sources for digital primary sources.

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