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In Lawrence Lessig’s Free Culture, the introduction starts with the Wright Brothers and somewhat of a story.  Mainly a discussion on American Rights to property that we have the right to own the surface of the land and everything that is beneath it. The wright brothers showed we have more rights and freedom than previously thought of. The author kind of goes into how this book is going to be “free” which i believe better happen because due to the title, that hopefully should be the idea he should be going for, or else this book would be quite pathetic…which it hopefully will turn out not so. He also touches on the internet, how it is turning into something bad. It is kind of the case, and i feel i can agree and yet not. I think the internet can be used correctly and incorrectly in numerous ways. The meaning of this Intro was to discuss the rights to things we can’t even see, yet we have rights of ownership.

Chapter 1:piracy
The Piracy chapter of Free Culture discusses the war on piracy caused by the Internet. The chapter kind of talked about the fine line between stealing someone else’s ideas, and allowing someone else’s ideas to influence your own creativity or give you fresh ideas to start your own line of creativity. The ability of the Internet to spread information does not follow copyright laws, which helps numerous artists and other types of people in many ways. The copyright law was made, and it happens to be modified constantly, which is needed because people constantly find those loopholes. I know, because sometimes i try to as well.

chapter 2: property
This chapter and section is mainly about property. I agree and disagree in so many ways…i can see both sides. Yes, if it means so much to the artist, then yes they have the right to ask that people not use it and steal it to make it their own. Yet, its also a form of flattery and a compliment to have another artist do such a thing. Pretty much this field relies on other peoples work to survive, or else bigger and better ideas would have never shown up.

Chapter 3: puzzles
To me, i feel this just seems to be pretty much about justification. it explains about stealing, copyrights, and numerous other things relate in some ways to lawsuits, battles, fights, and everyday situations. like stealing music. yes, it is wrong, but there is no way to stop it. maybe some poor kid will get caught, but i fell as though there would be no need for punishment because he could’ve just done it once, while other people do it so much more and worse. it almost feels…pointless.

Chapter 4: balances
I view this part as a money-meets-creativity kind of thing. how now, people only “do” art as a way of getting paid, and not even enjoying it, which is really pathetic. REmember back in the day when people painted a perfectly good picture for the love of art? or created a song because they had a gut feeling? if they happened to get paid for it, then great! everyone needs money, but if thats all they did it for, with no love or passion, just for the absolute need for money, then i feel like yelling just plain stop!! other more talented loveable artists can use the money better than random wannabes who cannot correctly do their job.

i’m not too positive about the ending, just that possibly he could be saying everything should be free, able to use by anyone and everyone; and only copyright stuff that is absolutely necessary and/or personal. very interesting, something that i believe everyone should read and get their nose into. THe aids part, was interesting, i almost wasnt even sure what was supposed to connect to the book, but i think i do know, and am very glad i read this. i love reading and this helped in ways not known possible.

third project

it’s not exactly what i was hoping for, but because i “didn’t have enough space” (although i did!!) i had to cut a lot of what i intended to have on here out. i tried to cut it the best i could. hopefully there will be more interesting stuff to come. my creativity may be more into the art field, but i’m going to learn everything about a mac computer and become an amazing graphic designer!! 🙂


Visible Signs: An Introduction to Semiotics, David Crow, AVA, 2003.

In the book Visible Signs by David Crow, Crow discusses signs and their components. Semiotics is the scientific study signs. The intro wasn’t too interesting, i almost completely lost interest. I cannot focus on something not worth while, and if it wasn’t an assignment, i would have probably not finished the intro, which would make it more difficult to get to the first chapter.

chapter one:
This chapter was much more interesting, more intriguing than the intro, which saved everything. IT starts again to duscuss signs. With each culture, signs mean different things, however there are a few symbols that can be universal. I’m not sure if i understood the intro too much, but how the first chapter shows symbols, their significance and how they relate to language was very intriguing to me. It really helped me understood this book better because of the photos, bigger font., and other explanations, it all seemed so much more interesting. Crow says there are three main areas of understanding when it comes to semiotics.

chapter 2:
This chapter covers the meaning of signs.  According to Peirce there are 3 different categories of signs to be aware of: index, Icon,  and symbol. It brings up little pieces of varying cultures and different types of symbols and representations in each category brought up. The signs that tell you to move into the next lane is in direct link with the physical world. The icon resembles the sign, such as a picture of an object. Symbols have no logical connection with the sign and its meaning. Index is the link between the sign and the object it represents. This chapter also kind of shows how simply ignorant we Americans are to the rest of the world, how apparently we feel as though if we don’t have anything to do with it, then we dont have to worry about it at all. quite sad really.

chapter 3:
This chapter basically discusses signs and how people see and interpret  through signs and language. Through the pictures and other signs it talked of throughout the chapter, we learn that sometimes we need a verbal explanation for certain signs or images. The author believed that there are two levels of signification concerning the relationship with signs and readers.  Denotation is what the picture contains and Connotation which is how the picture is taken. It basically shows how everyone can think things differently, like one person can think a picture is beautiful, while another can think of it as one of th ugliest things in the world.

Chapter 4:
This is the chapter of text, image and codes, it talks about combining signs, or adding text to an image. Digital codes are codes that have a set of symbols that are different from one another. An analogue code is symbols that don’t really vary in likeness and it is sometimes hard to tell the symbols apart: and an example of this is music and dance. I felt  the main point that the author was trying to get across is the more types of symbols included in one piece of art, the better understanding the person viewing it is going to have.

Chapter 5:
This chapter of the book is about official language, basically trying to state how there are numerous different languages in the world, and it can be artistic and beautiful in many different ways. I didnt really understand some of it, and yet i kind of could. how language can be spectacular and an amazing way to express a persons feelings, yet can be oh-so confusing…which is how so many people view art as well.

Chapter 6:
This chapter is basically about the differences of unspoken and unofficial language, while the previous chapter was about official language.  unofficial language is also language with no words. Like colors, people wear certain colors to show support for various things, such as school events, or their favorite sports team. ALso, graffiti. I view graffiti as artwork, mostly because i feel as though i am an artist myself. Most people view it as an act of vandalism, and dont get me wrong, it SO can be when viewed in the wrong connotation, but in other ways, can be so beautiful.

Chapter 7:
In this chapter of the book,  symbolic creativity is described very well. It talks about how people today, whether they know it or not, express and surround themselves with a variety of art forms. Music is a wonderful example of how everyone today expresses themselves. It also kind of explains how we pay attention to things when were having fun or enjoying ourselves in one way or another. We remember things when they have some sort of significant meaning to them, which shows how an advertiser or someone trying to get their point across has to think; creatively.

Chapter 8:
This chapter is the trash art chapter.  It shows how photos of broken things with lots of dirt have signifigance in the art world too. Trust me, i know this. I was currently taking a mixed media class this semester & i had to use a variety of things, whether it was crap or something beautiful, and mix it with paint and make some sort of masterpiece. I was a little confused at the beginning of the semester only because it wasnt explained well, but i understood, went with it, and as the teacher told me, my pieces became better and better everyday. 🙂  back to the blog, i felt this was quite funny, showing how advertisers for horrid things like smoking would use comical ways of getting peoples attention….which sadly actually worked in some ways. it was very smart, and a great way of getting their product out, which is what every product advertiser is trying to do right?

Chapter 9:
This last chapter discusses open work and the relationship between the creator and reader of art. It also talks a lot of how a symbol can say so much but only contain very little. It kind of made the reader think of art and how it is described, what the word actually means and what people actually think of as “art”. This kind of reminded me of the video project i recently did, well a piece of it. The pieces where random animals discussed what they viewed as art, and i thought it was extremely comical. I feel this chapter really showed how anything can be art, and most people don’t understand that. How can someone say something is not art? how can someone be so critical? art can be anything, and not only can an artist say they they use art to speak their mind, free their soul and truly express themselves, but the viewer can say that as well. Videos, music, poems, paintings…they all show a variety of ways to express themselves. Fantastic and truly mesmerizing ways of showing what a person can do and feel.

first project #1

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