“The truth is that with artists pulling on one side and corporations pulling on the other, the loser is the collective public imagination from which we were nourished in the first place, and whose existence as the ultimate repository of our offerings makes the work worth doing in the first place.”
— Jonathon Lethem
“Our creativity comes from without, not from within. We are not self-made. We are dependent on one another. Admitting this to ourselves isn’t an embrace of mediocrity, derivativeness. It’s a liberation from our misconceptions. It’s an incentive to not expect so much from ourselves, and to simply, begin.”
— Kirby Ferguson
Is there such a thing as originality anymore? What does it matter? The internet, arguably the most important invention of mankind, is the by-product of human nature to share and access resources to fulfill and provoke our interests and curiosities. Rather than ordering cease and desist, we should seize inspiration, give credit where it is due, and assist each other in enhancing our collective creativity.