Raining Copycats and Dogs
There’s a new hobby in town: it’s called Reblogging. In Tumblr, the originator of the entire thing, you just do everything in two clicks. I have no beef with Tumbloggers as I myself am one, and I know a lot of geniuses residing inside the sphere. I like how it’s easy it is to browse over dandy pictures and strong quotes that commonly fill up the genteel site. It’s cute, convenient yet dangerous. Not just in terms of copyright issues but more importantly, that of true-blue originality.
Before you question me about copyright issues in my blog’s googled pictures including that one above as I seldom put captions cos it may ruin the layout, I must affirm that I always put the original link/s under the images. Right-click and there they are. It’s my subtle way of saying that I do not intend to claim they’re mine or whatever intellectual theft you are about to rave.
In a stroke of a finger, WordPress finally decides to follow the trend. How original. Their online press release begins with a sweet statement, “Have you ever come across a blog post that you enjoyed so much you wanted to easily share it with the readers of your own blog?” I could’ve answered No but I would be lying to myself for I do it in Facebook and Twitter every time something from the web excites me so much I laugh quietly by myself. And I thought that would end there, but no, I reckon. I must learn to “Share” these posts/links too in my blog in the laziest manner. And WordPress just figured out a more breezy way!
First, you click LIKE atop a blog entry. Then your settings refresh such that you’re given an option to REBLOG. A QuickTab opens and automatically the first paragraph or so is copied with a link encrypted. All you have to do is to put comments in it. And it can’t be that necessary so you’re more glad to let past and post whatever.
Really now? Shoot me. Since when was WordPress into joining dernier cri? And so I thought blogging was more of expressing what you think about things. Not just read stuff and share them. Technically, this could be quite scary as your personal posts might be associated to idiotic online people. People who, if you see and share a conversation offline, you won’t even consider befriending online.
Even if WordPress is known for being accountable, I still am shuddered. Tumblr manages to keep a track of the original creator of a post but I have first-hand account of a friend who posted an original photo he caught only to find it in a site reblogged, BUT without the track and credits. So he rolled his sleeves and reported the copycat online. And he’s just one.
More so, LA Times questions this movement as quite over-the-top having WordPress as a relatively accountable and professional web hosting service. Meaning the rest of the content-blogging industry might catch up soon with the mafia head leading the way. In the article, a Berkman Center for Internet & Society attorney named Kimberley Isbell wraps the whole fad up incongruously.
“You used to be able to do this, but you had to do it manually by cutting and pasting. To a certain extent, what you’re seeing is the platforms finally catching up to what people are doing.” [LA Times Tech]
Really? So they suspected every blogger in the world was born to reblog now? With no factual backbone to defend and provoke more significant debates? No wonder why, aside from what the haters of certain American Idol contestants have to say, e-activism-based petitions and protests never push through. That’s why we’re ignored. They thought we’re just copycats and nothing more.