Let's Go Crazy: Teaching Cultural Literacy Through Remix
VIDEOS (ONGOING) Most of the video responses on the YouTube video response page have been made by students or project participants.

FAVORITES & GRADING RUBRIC Some of the videos earned a letter grade “A” while others did not. The rubric for grading the assignment, or the basis of evaluation, is in determining the following conditions for each video: (1) How clear is the new message? (2) How original is the new message? (For example, a video that repeats the two characters running around a house and culminates in the words or language, “fair use,” creates a clear message, but not one that is terribly original as compared to other video responses). (3) How much of the original video is referenced in the remix or parody? This is an interesting condition as the new authors will have to reference enough of the original to make their point, without referencing too much of the video, resulting in mimicry. Here is a list of videos that make a clear (remember, absurdity is welcome) and original statement by balancing a reference to the original material with new work:

Let’s Go Crazy Big Boys always gets a laugh in the classroom.
SJacobsGoesCrazy3 makes his story come alive in the dialog between two toys.
Mark Stein is a musician and communications student who used this opportunity to remix the audio.
Lets Go Crazy Elevator transforms the setting from a kitchen to an elevator. Maybe I like this one so much because I have always thought that elevators seem like a space that just aches for transgression.
Monica Prather transforms the setting to a parking lot using cars as the actors.
Jordan Doolittle sits behind a news desk, reporting on his own remix (where Holden becomes a four year old).

Let’s Go Crazy Noir, a dark and absurd take on the script

Students view the original Let’s Go Crazy #1 video as if it were a script followed by actors wearing costumes. The kitchen becomes a set, and the lighting is part of the set. The hand-held camera is interpreted as a stylistic choice.

“Let’s Go Crazy”? Indeed! What has brought the American legal system to the point that such behavior by a leading corporation is considered anything but “crazy”? - Lawrence Lessig, Remix (4)

In this video, made by Christa Connelly in 2009, the protagonist wears a red t-shirt, referencing Holden’s red clothing. The dialog, What do you think of the music, is followed by laughter in this video as it is in the original. The setting has moved to a supermarket dairy aisle, followed by a dark parking lot. The story is perhaps just as absurd as the dancing baby and circling toddler in the original video.