Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Nina Paley on The Cult of Originality

Nothing is original. For a work to have meaning, it must use language – it must “make sense.” It needs to work with memes already living in the host mind: language, images, melodies, patterns. It can’t be wholly original. It can hardly be original at all.

From Nina Paley, a free culture enthusiast/activist whose Sita Sings The Blues is available -- yes, all of it -- on YouTube.


  1. Anonymous said...

    That's what she will say. Someone should introduce her to Feynman.