Protesting Too Much About Getty Images

The Getty Images scheme to make 35 million of their images free-to-embed has been more controversial than I’d have ever guessed it would be.

I’ve written a little bit on my personal blog about Getty’s change in the way they handle image sharing, and the reaction:

I embraced it because to me, it’s a pretty good thing when a corporation or organisation works out a way to navigate through the cultural sense of entitlement users of the contemporary web have, without resorting to fear tactics, litigation, or DRM that breaks the content that we’re trying to use…

…All of those methods are corporate ways of dealing with a cultural problem, and they don’t really help anyone. And all the while, the social internet has been moving further and further into the wild west of sharing stuff with abandon, and without attribution.

“Protesting Too Much About Getty Images”

I lied, of course. I didn’t write a little bit. I actually wrote a lot. But it may be helpful, so I hope you read it.


“On Teaching” by Dr Caroline Magennis

The Times Higher Education twitter account asked academics to tweet about their worst student.

Dr Caroline Magennis had a few wise things to say about this:

“…jokes should never ever be directed at our students. Ever. They should never have their exam or essay errors made fun of in public and, particularly, nothing said in a classroom should ever be tweeted for smug amusement.

….the first reason not to slag off your students in public is basic human decency and the recognition that we all say silly things and make mistakes, without the fear it will be made public. Imagine if someone tweeted that thing you said in academic council last Spring… Exactly.”

Read the full article here.

Helen Lewis on the Online Abuse of Anita Sarkeesian

This article gives a quite shocking account of the appalling treatment – by forces on the internet – of filmmaker Anita Sarkeesian, following her Kickstarter campaign to raise money to make documentaries about the treatment of women in video games.

I’m sharing it here because it takes in some interesting areas, including representation and treatment of women in games and online, and the nature of anonymity and culpability for abuse on the internet. Worth a read, but be warned – there is some awful language and imagery invoked.