Creativity=recombination, Jedi edition

Where do great ideas come from? A popular notion among creativity experts is that recombination of preexisting ideas in a new context is the form that most if not all creativity takes. One more datum: Courtesy of my lovely wife, it seems that George Lucas may have been voguing, so to speak, when he came up with one of his most iconic images. 

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11 Comments on “Creativity=recombination, Jedi edition”

  1. Corey says:

    As a musician, I have always borrowed from my favorite artists and made it my own by putting in my own spices into the mix.

    • davidburkus says:

      Interesting piece. There’s actually a four part film series about this: everythingisaremix.info

      Lucas’ famous introductions were pilfered, but not from Vogue. They actually mimic the intro text to the Flash Gordon serials.

      • stevepostrel says:

        I think the “long time ago” and “far, far, away” come from the Vogue ad, not Flash Gordon, although the latter did have the tilted-perspective writing fading into the distance (which the ad may also have been copying).

  2. Jenni says:

    The original 1977 Star Wars was stuffed with material borrowed from other movies and stories. Wouldn’t be surprising if they also borrowed from print advertising.

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