EndorsementsImpressively ranging from Plato's bootleg to contemporary music, Of Remixology reveals the value of the bastards and samples--of our age and of previous times--and provides an axiological map that engenders new cultural-philosophical territory for the twenty-first century. Compulsory reading for philosophers, students of media and communication, lawyers interested in intellectual property and copyright, lovers of music, and indeed, all users-producers of our time. Highly recommended.
Mark Coeckelbergh, Professor of Technology and Social Responsibility, De Montfort University, UK; author of Growing Moral Relations, Human Being@Risk, and Money Machines
This is an engaging, provocative, and brave book. Revealing the metaphysical assumptions behind the current positions on borrowing and appropriation--both those in favor of, and against, traditional forms of copyright--David Gunkel skillfully demonstrates how our very notions of 'original' and 'copy' are already a by-product of the logic of reproduction. In a playfully blasphemous gesture that will resonate with many media users today, he proposes the figure of the 'remix DJ' as a follow-up to the modernist model of the author as a singular genius.
Joanna Zylinska, Professor of New Media and Communications, Goldsmiths, University of London; author of Bioethics in the Age of New Media and coauthor of Life after New Media
Published ReviewsThis book offers a great deal of conceptual insight. It is particularly original in applying remix as a methodology to re-purpose theory in novel ways that relate directly to the lively contemporary debates around intellectual property and copyright. Despite its engagement with a plethora of academic sources, Of Remixology makes the philosophers and media scholars it draws on relatable and accessible to wider audiences. Remix scholars, philosophers, students of media and communication, readers interested in the wider 'copyright wars' as well as anyone who would consider themselves a user and/or producer of creative content will find much food for thought in this book. PDF
Nicole Shephard, London School of Economics.
LSE Review of Books, August 2016.
Gunkel's book cannot be overestimated. Besides the author's passion combined with his hard work and erudition, the great value of the book resides primarily in the subject matter itself and the way it is analysed and described. The book surprises the reader as its perspective of critical reflection on remix not only goes beyond the analyses in the domains of ethics, media studies or the theory of music but also makes them possible by disclosing their ontological and epistemological roots. I interpret remixology as a new ontology which is adequate to the modern era where new technologies and media as well as the new way of recording, reproducing or creating open up new research areas for philosophy. The objective of this new ontology is to work out a new language which will overcome the ossified framework of traditional philosophy based on such conceptual oppositions as 'fact/essence,' 'object/subject,' 'form/matter' or 'original/copy.' Gunkel's book fits the bill perfectly. PDF
Michal Piekarski. Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University
New Media & Society, August 2016.