I never thought about remixing, “borrowing”, or even outright copyright infringement was a form of cannibalism. And to be quite honest Velesquez’s article is pretty eye-opening and I’d say close to out right sickening.
Aside from the fact that cannibalism is, well, as most civilized societies would claim, wrong, gross, morbid, or even satanic. Yet ask almost anyone who comes to mind first when they hear the word cannibalism, I imagine the highest rated answer you’ll get will be the Donner party. So first of all, if cannibalism is so taboo in civilized societies, why is it SO vital for elementary and middle school children to learn about the Donner Party? Why couldn’t we just skip over it and continue on with the History lesson of the Hasting’s Cutoff and the rest of the wagon trail stories of America westward expansion. I remember in my 6th grade History class, my teacher actually made my class play out being the pioneers and some of us (me) got stuck being the hopeless group with the Donner party that took the unfortunate Hasting’s Cutoff. We actually had to choose who we were going to eat for dinner. I guess it was a sort of reality tv Survivor type game, but seriously. ew. I came home crying the day I got chosen to be dinner. Seriously, teaching kids about cannibalism in that way, probably wasn’t the smartest of ideas.
Anyway, back to Valesquez. She’s absolutely right. We are cannibals. Though not we’re not eating each other literally. We are in a sense figuratively, or as she calls it “Digital Anthropophagy”. I love the way she incorporates quotes dating all the way back to ancient Greek Philosophy all the way up to Modern Philosophy discussion the notion of non-existent originality. Valesquez mentions social networks; how we put out our information to be consumed, and while we consume other people’s information. Figuratively, it’s the same thing as humans eating humans. As Root discusses the Brasilians would eat humans in the attempt to see through the other person’s eyes and to gain their “information”. In closinge I completely agree with Valesquez’s theory on Digital Anthropophagy. We are simply trying to gain more knowledge about other people through multiple multi-faceted mediums, whether its film, music or social networking, we want to know what they know. Just like the Brasilians, they consume others to know what they know. We just don’t put anything into our mouths, it’s all in the mind.