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May 19, 2013
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Yahoo & Tumblr

My issue with Tumblr is that it obfuscates attribution. Tumblrs take images from their source and create and never ending maze from where they originated to where they are now. Yes, there are services like TinEye that help you try and find the original image, but damn, how many clueless n00bs who create Tumblrs use Tin Eye? Or are aware of Google’s reverse image search?




See, the early 90’s saw technically minded webmasters with little design skills (for the most part, not all of course), but with little code to really do design (nested tables and font tags indeed), it was about building the web and we built stuff: you grabbed a domain, and began view-sourcing and copying and experimenting till you had a site going.


Twenty years later you’ve got the young designers, may be with print skills, most straight from Uni with none, and they’re in Advertising, and of course they need a portfolio site and so they sign up for a service built by the first wave of web builders who wanted to enable the net for everyone, and great, now some Creative Director who needs to appear tech savvy is adding pictures from other sites to his Tumblr or Pin Interest and he doesn’t care about attribution, because fuck, half his clients don’t either.


It’s too easy to simply click like and add and love and make no effort to find where they image was first posted.



So you end up with a rabbit hole of links leading to other tumblrs and dead ends and infinitely scrolling web sites with no pagination because who cares you just have to appear to understand the web long enough to get the job and pay your mortgage. Who cares what’s left behind? Who cares if some creative endeavour began on Deviant Art or Flickr or wherever?






I find it frustrating to find an image I like on a site like FFFFound and click through to see the full image and find that whoever posted it made no attempt to trace where it came from. Nine times out of ten it is repost in a long chain of reposts.


Which is a long whiny way of saying that Yahoo are welcome to Tumblr, and if they screw it into the ground I won’t be sad to see them go. Just wish they weren’t holding the future of Flickr in their hands…


See also: Is Tumblr the new Geocities?


Alison Brie used in above examples for no other reason than the fan love of Community has resulted in the kind of original creative output that gets re-appropriated and lost in the kind of shuffle described…


View This Brief, Hastily-Written, and Poorly-Edited Article as 14 Arbitrarily Truncated Pages


November 30, 2011
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Caught on Camera: 10 Shockingly Violent Police Assaults on Occupy Protesters

“Note how the crowd is calm before the assault and then goes into a frenzy immediately afterward. Here, again, police violence appears to be counter-productive to the goal of maintaining order.”

Depressing images of violence by American police against protesters.

c/o Naomi Wolf article in the Guardian