About a month ago, well actually June 30th according to the someecards website, I created these two librarian ecards. I noticed this morning they are making the rounds on Facebook again so I thought I’d post them here.
Neither of the cards is accredited to me or links back to the original on someecards.com and that’s fine I didn’t make them for the power and prestige, I made them for fun. :-) But seeing them make the rounds again prompted me to write about something I have been talking about in person for a while now so I thought I’d share them.
Now for the real stuff!
I’ve been talking about digital literacy lately and one of the issues I bring up when talking about ethics, ownership and the remixing culture is this trend of sharing photos with quotes on Facebook and Pinterest, seems everyone is doing it this days. What I ask the audience to consider is where the photograph came from? Who took it? Who does it belong to? Under what conditions might it be acceptable to use this way? Do you think the person who used it knew that or cared? What about the quote? Do you think the people sharing it on Facebook or Pinterest attempted to validate it before sharing? Did the person pictured actually say it? If they did and they are an actor is it a line from a movie and is the picture of the actor matched with the movie? What about the mashed up photo? Who created it? Is there a link back to the original for attribution? Should there be?
I don’t usually re-pin or re-share images without attempting to find the original source. There are far too many ad-filed sites out there grabbing the work of others and sharing them without credit.
I spent over half an hour trying to determine the original source for this photo but the taking & reposting of images without any sort of attribution is so prevalent that I finally gave up. But here you go.