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Poynter: ‘When did we, as a community, make this kind of behavior acceptable?’

A ‘qu’ils mangent de la brioche’ — ‘let them eat cake’ — moment. Backlash for “The Curator’s Code.” The quote pulled for the title shows astonishing naïveté and lack of experience in weblogging for someone who’s a supposed ‘niche superstar’ and run a popular blog for six years or so. She needs to turn on comments on her blog, I suspect. The posts linked in the above article (bar Twitter, which seems to encourage responsibility-free snark) are nothing compared to what some of us have gone through in the past — most merely make obvious the fact that she bulled ahead without consulting anyone else, an action that comes off as arrogant and self-serving.

As I said before, she’s out of her depth on this. Her idea is a good one, just badly executed. Not in keeping with the culture of weblogs and weblogging. She should know better by now.

Much as I love to emphasize attribution, I fear it is becoming like copyright. Everyone should respect copyright, yet few do. And then, look at Tumblr and Pinterest! I strongly suspect copyright will be the one to change, not the Internet. Cat’s out of the bag. Can’t be shoved back in. [I hear a certain voice chanting Napster in my ear …]

Same thing goes for attribution. You can ask that it be respected. You can make all the dandy little icons you want. Won’t make a difference.

Unless.

It comes down to what’s easy and ubiquitous. For that, this idea should have been run by other ‘curators’ [linkbloggers, etc.], used and tested, and then sold to the major weblog software providers as a feature. Gotten some *real* big name blogger cred behind it.

But no, she had to go and do a very ironic ‘Hail Mary.’ A pity. Attribution shouldn’t be a laughingstock. Some of my social media contacts are spewing out the nostrils at this — and I quote — “old media brouhaha.” “As if you MATTER anymore.”

[Call me “Mr Fezziwig.”]

Day Later: Thinking further, when I look at the above articles, everyone’s content to stand atop their personal house of cards (their fragile online reputations) and criticize each other. Noone climbs down to engage directly. Noone wishes to risk looking ‘less than’ what their imaginary gravitas seems. I miss the old days when we’d get down and engage directly in comment areas and fora. More than that, I wish for a stiff wind (grin).

03/20/12 • 04:32 PM • HistoryInternetPersonalWeblogs • No Comments
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