we are all magpies
we are all magpies/copies of collections of everything before with nothing new to say but new ways of saying and that is poetry as we need it(1) every great idea does not exist in isolation our minds and bodies are full of a web but empty as the web of moving motion copy paste edit transform cut paste montage of a word that is nothing(2) a text machine a text machine a text machine(3) a text machine words words words standing on the shoulders of bones of giants we see the world and make the world and beg and borrow and steal and edit and cut and paste(4) and shored them against our towers it is time it is time where the end(5) is never the end is never the end is never the end and taste is just as important as content is more important not(6) what we have(7) but how we show it how we rearrange it re-make re-model street markets folk songs we sing hip to the hop to the realisation nothing is owned and free society has free thoughts and free thoughts are free words and free software and pirates moved from zone to zone popping up(8) and disappearing where they look we are all magpies(9) writing has met it’s printing and needs to adapt accordingly as painting did make it new again revenge of the text language as material anticipating instability towards a poetics of hyperrealism why appropriation(10) infallible processes retyping on the road parsing the new illegibility seeding the data cloud the inventory and the ambient proudly uncreative is the wrongful appropriation and stealing and publication of anothers language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions and the representation of them as one’s own original work <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Originality><(11)=+ the ideologies that sustain the illusion of the permanence and naturalness of a particular society disintegrate, revealing the various processes which actually sustain societies must be disavowed even as it supports the entire vast apparatus of production all praise Copia the net of indra (12) every nod of which is a jewel interalced with every other jewel and reflecting every other jewel it takes time and effort to put a mixtape together inventio the selection of tunes to be played dispositio the ordering or sequencing of them and elecutio the cuts and edits made but also the loving care put into the handwritten cover(13) for many years we found writing impossible, although we loved to read In order to write, we needed to find a way to make writing more like reading so we began to write as we read slowly extracting(14) the lines we felt we had written or wished we had written or though we might re-write we didn’t feel we had any words of our own we write by rewriting other peoples words on the assumption that somebody already said what we have to say but better writing involves rearranging, altering, adding to, subtracting from the words of those who came before this is no our idea we copied the idea of copying
(1) in my view we are … this turning point from trees to networks, and we are a really facing a paradigm shift, a paradigm shift in the sense that trees are not/no longer able to really accommodate the inherent complexities of the modern world.
(8) we all have a ctrl+v personality
(9) copy and copy and copy (2)
it comes down to trying to expose yourself to the best things that humans have done, and then try to bring those things in to what you’re doing. Mhmm Picasso had a saying, he said good artists copy, great artists steal. and we have, you know, always, ah, been shameless about stealing great ideas. Ahm… and i think part of what made the macintosh great was that the people working on it were musicians and poets and artists and zoologists and historians and who also happened to be the best computer scientists in the world
(13) you know, they’ve spend 10 years at school being told there’s one answer, and it’s at the back…and don’t look…and don’t copy, because that’s cheating; i mean, outside schools that’s called collaboration
(14) but our system of law doesn’t acknowledge the derivative nature of creativity, instead ideas are regarded as property, as unique and original lots with distinct boundaries. but ideas aren’t so tidy, they’re layered, they’re interwoven, they’re tangled, and when the system conflicts with the reality, the system starts to fail (2)