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Reuse, Misuse, Abuse

The Ethics of Audiovisual Appropriation in the Digital Era

Jaimie Baron (author)

ISBN: 9780813599267

Publication Date: Nov 2020

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

Documentary scholars have long engaged with the responsibility of documentary makers in relation to their subjects. But what happens when this responsibility is set at a remove, when the recording already exists for repurposing? This book surveys films and videos that appropriate preexisting footage and theorizes the ethical implications.
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In contemporary culture, existing audiovisual recordings are constantly reused and repurposed for various ends, raising questions regarding the ethics of such appropriations, particularly when the recording  depicts actual people and events. Every reuse of a preexisting recording is, on some level, a misuse in that it was not intended or at least anticipated by the original maker, but not all misuses are necessarily unethical. In fact, there are many instances of productive misuse that seem justified. At the same time, there are other instances in which the misuse shades into abuse. Documentary scholars have long engaged with the question of the ethical responsibility of documentary makers in relation to their subjects. But what happens when this responsibility is set at a remove, when the recording already exists for the taking and repurposing? Reuse, Misuse and Abuse surveys a range of contemporary films and videos that appropriate preexisting footage and attempts to theorize their ethical implications.
Illustrations 10 black & white images
Pages 218
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Nov 2020
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Subject/s The arts: general issues   Ethics & moral philosophy   Media studies   Business ethics   Media, information & communication industries   Film theory & criticism  
Jaimie Baron is an associate professor of film studies at the University of Alberta. She is the author of The Archive Effect: Found Footage and the Audiovisual Experience of History (2014) and numerous journal articles and book chapters. She is the director of the Festival of (In)appropriation and co-editor of Docalogue.

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