10/10 but then again I’ve been to law school (I’d be really disappointed in myself if I fucked this up). There’s one question that’s legitimately a “gotcha” for anyone who hasn’t.
The rest I really hope folks figure out before 2012…
Incidentally, civics wasn’t offered in any of the ten schools I attended in grades K-12, which I find appalling. If we’re going to let everyone vote I think it should be mandatory that we teach them about the basic functions of governments…in particular ours.
10/10 here too, though I should probably admit:
a) I was once a law student (I am not, however, American).
When you reblog something I’ve posted, QUIT REMOVING THE CREDITS.
The image doesn’t belong to you or to me, the least you can do is acknowledge the people who created the pretty picture when you put it on your tumblr. Your wanting it =/= being entitled to take it and then claim “fair use”/ “it’s just floating around the Internet!”
I’m reading Anthony DeRosa’s post again on how some traditional media companies refuse to enter into the link economy.
The practice is also prevalent here in Tumblr, it seems.
Photos and articles are sometimes posted sans attribution or links to the sources. Other Tumblr users, meanwhile, delete the link pertaining to the original tumblelog that posted the material.
No. If it’s on the web, it’s not yours. You can’t pull out the fair-use-clause card if you don’t attribute or try to claim something that is not yours. Remember Krip?
Fellow Tumblrers: This is important. I see this a lot, particularly when it comes to crediting photos. The rule is, give as much credit as you know, and if you can’t find enough information to credit the photo, quote, or article, DON’T POST IT. This isn’t something to be casual about.
This issue really bothers me. Yes, the photo posts are the majority of it but I see it happening in all kinds of posts: videos uploaded to Tumblr w/o links (Tumblr’s video upload is reserved for videos you’ve taken yourself, no?); text w/o block-quotes and sources, etc. It’s especially disheartening when it’s from “reputable” Tumblrs.
From a Tumblr editor’s perspective, I cannot promote a post without proper link to the source, per Tumblr’s Editor Guidelines, and I refuse to reblog one based on the same criteria. Please take the extra minute and credit.
We (and a lot of our friends, big and small) have fallen short of these standards on some (recent!) occasions, and we’ve been fortunate enough to benefit from the patient instruction of a few standout wardens in the Tumblr community. So the only thing we’d add is: When somebody doesn’t attribute, call them on it! Chances are they’ll do the right thing.
One of the main reasons why tumblr pisses me off (the other being the frequent site breakage) is the fact that crediting the original source of an image appears to be an unknown concept on many tumblrs. I’m not saying my track record is perfect, but I do try to credit my sources- and it makes me want to have a few sharp, properly-spelt words with people who reblog my images after taking out the image credits I cited, probably because they think words just get in the way*.
Sure, it’s nice to have “new forms of expression” and wanting to “share” or whatever tumblkids do, but your wanting to post a pretty picture doesn’t mean you’re entitled to do it just because it’s there, in front of your eyes, on the Internet. And even the concept of fair use obliges you to credit the original image makers for it (and no, that link to another tumblr does not count- something anyone who reblogs a link -self included- would do well to remember).
I know Blur was always the ‘smart people’ choice (and I did adore Graham Coxon), but even if it permanently labels me an oik on the inside, I’ll always love Oasis more.
No way dude, here’s the mid-nineties Britpop breakdown as I see it:
Pulp was the choice of smart people
Blur was for annoying students who thought they were clever and secretly didn’t like poor people very much
Suede were for hopeless romantics who sniffed glue now and again and pretended they were “chasing the dragon”
Manic Street Preachers was the pre-internet equivalent of having a LiveJournal about your bruises
Elastica was for people who hadn’t bought any Fall records yet.
Meanwhile, Oasis were the simple, soaring voice of the people. Their lyrics didn’t mean shit but man could those dummies write a tune, and Liam was a sexy motherfucking frontman given to insulting his fellow musicians with perfect, polished gems such as (about Thom Yorke): “He can fuck right off. I’m not having him. I don’t like his head.” WHAT MORE COULD YOU WANT IN A POP STAR?
And if you liked Menswear, Sleeper, Kenickie, Whiteout, Shampoo, or Ocean Colour Scene, I was laughing at you. Hard.
(Buuut if you liked Geneva, Super Furry Animals, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Gene, or Longpigs, they were fucking ace, and I was also at that gig with you and 5 other people.)
Honestly, I think I probably deserve to be laughed at, my ten-year-old self didn’t know jack about music before this lot came along. I’d have had a much harder time if it was Pulp v. Oasis because I loved Jarvis, but Blur v. Oasis? No contest, EVER.
They might have been boorish, coked-up and occasionally fratricidal* mad bastards, but their songs, even when you knew they’d gone magpie with someone else’s tunes (Neil Innes, The Loving Spoonful), they made them better than the originals. And Liam’s voice, before the drugs and partying fucked it for live performances, was sublime.
Also, you don’t believe me about the oik-labelling, just check out the Guardian’s music blog every time Oasis is mentioned, I swear a miasma of smugness hangs over that place sometimes.
*an old anecdote about Noel hitting Liam with a cricket bat and Liam reciprocating by throwing a large rubbish bin at Noel’s windshield-when Noel was in the car- comes to mind