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David Laderman and Laurel Westrup

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199949311

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199949311.001.0001

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Popular Culture through the Eyes, Ears, and Fingertips of Fans

Popular Culture through the Eyes, Ears, and Fingertips of Fans

Vidders, Anime Music Video Editors, and Their Sources

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Sampling Media

Samantha Close

Oxford University Press

Fan remix videos have usefully been called “transformative works,” but focusing on the transformative relationship between sampled video and the originals from which they sample misses the way remix videos function as communicative objects on their own terms. Sampling offers the equivalent of a digital pencil and printing press for audiences to speak through, about, and to big media. This chapter delves into the production culture of fan remix video making, both fan vidding and anime music video editing. Based on interviews with makers, the videos themselves, and primary textual sources from video-making communities, the chapter constructs a framework for analyzing remix videos that derives from the video makers’ practices rather than imported aesthetic or legal theory. This framework allows scholars to compare videos from different traditions of remix based on creators’ motivations for sampling and the communities creators work within.

Keywords:   sampling, remix, fan studies, participatory culture, production culture, transformative works, literacy, anime, popular culture, art

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