Innovation doesn’t usually happen in a sudden flash of inspiration. More often, it’s the result of imitation, gradual modification, and merger of multiple, unrelated ideas in new and creative ways.
In Part 3 of Everything is a Remix, Kirby Ferguson explores these concepts in a bit more detail…
Stick through the credits for some bonus footage. My favorite quote from the video comes from the secret stuff at the end.
I invented nothing new. I simply assembled into a car the discoveries of other men behind whom were centuries of work. Had I worked fifty or ten or even five years before, I would have failed. So it is with every new thing. Progress happens when all the factors that make for it are ready, and then it is inevitable. To teach that a comparatively few men are responsible for the greatest forward steps of mankind is the worst sort of nonsense. -Henry Ford