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The rise of mass media in the last half of the 20th Century turned us all into "consumers" and took away much of the natural human inclination to be creators, performers, singers, musicians and storytellers.

Today, the rapid proliferation of cheap professional-quality media-making tools, paired with the drastic decrease in the cost of content distribution is leading to a quiet, but quite real revolution in the quantity and quality of "amateur" content. It's the democratization of media, the "Big Flip" as Clay Shirky calls it, and we think it's going to play an increasingly important role in how we make, share and consume media. For more, read my introduction to Amateur Hour.

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May 04, 2004

Star Wars Kid remixed

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Posted by Jonathan Peterson

If you were living under a rock and didn't see the Star Wars Kid video, it has now spawned a whole video remix subculture.

The Star Wars Kid is a 15-year-old from Quebec known as Ghyslain Raza.

Back in November 2002, Ghyslain was goofing off at a school video studio and recorded himself fighting a mock battle with a golf ball retriever lightsaber. Over two minutes, the video shows the lone, overweight teenager twirling his mock lightsaber ever faster while making his own accompanying sound effects.

Yes, we've all had our dorky, private moments, but this poor kid is living the nightmare of having his private dorkiness projected across the world to giggling Web users. His friends found the tape, and uploaded it to KaZaA as a joke on April 19. Within two weeks, someone had added full Star Wars special effects and sound effects to the footage. Currently, new clone videos are being created at the rate of 1 per day

The Kill Bill remixed trailerand Undercover Star Wars Kid remixes are almost scary.

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1. Amy Theron on June 20, 2004 04:07 PM writes...

I didn't know that but is sound real intersting I'll check it out and write a review. Well I heard
of Ghyslain Raza but didn't see it yet!

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2. trim spa on July 16, 2004 06:39 PM writes...

Well, isn't Star Wars just for kids??

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