Is there such a thing as true, original creativity? Or
"Are we just seeing further by standing on the shoulders of giants?",
to paraphrase Sir Isaac Newton. In this hour of To the Best of Our
Knowledge we'll explore the question of where good ideas come from.
Steven Johnson will tell us about the natural history of innovation. And
Lewis Hyde offers a way to look beyond today's narrow debates over cultural
Lewis Hyde, MacArthur Fellow, Creative Writing
Professor and author of "Common as Air: Revolution, Art and Ownership"
tells Steve Paulson that he is skeptical of the entertainment industry's
insistence that intellectual property is just like physical property.
He invokes the cultural commons that vast store of art and ideas
from the past that enrich everybody's present. Also, Adam Sinnreich
teaches journalism and media studies at Rutgers. He's also the author
of "Mashed Up: Music, Technology, and the Rise of Configurable
Culture." He talks with Anne Strainchamps about what he means by
Steven Johnson is the author of several books
including "Mind Wide Open" and "The Invention of Air."
His new one is "Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History
of Innovation." Johnson tells Jim Fleming how he uses the coral
reef as a metaphor for a creative environment throughout the book.
Ricardo Pitts-Wiley is the co-founder of the
Mixed Magic Theatre Company. He also contributed to an essay
called "Multiculturalism, Appropriation, and the New Media Literacies:
Remixing Moby Dick." The essay appears in a book by Henry Jenkins
called "Mashup Cultures" and focuses on the contemporary re-staging
of Melville's classic novel. Ricardo Pitts-Wiley tells Anne Strainchamps
about his project and how it emerged from work he did with incarcerated
youth at the Rhode Island Training Facility. And we hear a bit of the
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- -- Excerpt from "Orson
Whales" (Moby Dick mashup) http://www.futureofthebook.org/itinplace/archives/2007/05/moby_welles.html
- -- Music heard after Lewis Hyde interview:
"The Artifact & Living"/Michael Andrews
from the CD, "Donnie Darko: Music from the Original Motion Picture
Score" (Enjoy Records)
- -- Music heard during Aram Sinnreich interview:
-- "Pass the Mic"/Beastie Boys
from the CD, "Check Your Head" (Capitol)
-- "Get Off Your Ass and Jam"/Funkadelic from the CD, "Let's
Take It to the Stage" (Westbound Records)
-- "100 Miles And Runnin'"/N.W.A.
from the CD, "The Best of N.W.A.: The Strength of Street Knowledge"
- -- Music heard after Aram Sinnreich interview:
-- "Green Peppers"/Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass (Remix Produced
by Anthony Marinelli) from the CD, "Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass/Whipped
Cream & Other Delights Re-Whipped" (Shout! Factory) http://www.shoutfactorystore.com/prod.aspx?pfid=210
- -- Music heard after Steven Johnson interview:
-- "Whipped Cream"/Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass (Remixed by
Anthony Marinelli featuring Ozomatli from the CD, "Herb Alpert's
Tijuana Brass/Whipped Cream & Other Delights Re-Whipped" (Shout!
- -- Music heard after Ricardo Pitts-Wiley interview:
from the CD, "Play" (V2)
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