Help me find where (or if) people have talked about the practice, seen on tumblr and in wider visual blog culture, of completely forgoing citation when posting other people's visual work.
I have wanted to ask this question for awhile now but have held off, partially out of embarrassment (my age is showing). I follow some Tumblr blogs and some other non-Tumblr ones like If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger...
that focus on still visual images. Hardly if ever do the posters tell us who created the original work, even if, in the case of If Charlie Parker Was...
they at least tell us who the picture is of
Often bloggers are good about telling us if they got the image from another blogger, but all context after that is gone. Understand I am not as interested in whether these people are violating law as I am interested in whether they are violating ethics and...not to sound dramatic, but ...meaning. I know none of these people are trying to pass off these works as their own. But no matter what revolutionary theory about copying and mixing this practice (or lack of practice) comes from, it strikes me as lazy and irresponsible and in my understanding of information sharing generally a bad habit. I get that perhaps some are meant to be reproduced in an entirely new individually curated context, but I see none of that spark of creativity that would convince me that these pastiche blogs represent a new artwork.
Here is another example, perhaps a little extreme: Comically Vintage
, where panels are ripped out of context. They do admit right in the tagline that the that they are placed out of context. But beyond the tagline no explanation is given. The fact that they sell these isolated panels as merch takes this to another level.
I have yet to see explanations about the process of severing images from context in any tumblr-y manifesto or "about" page. I also haven't really seen anyone else gnashing their teeth about it or convincing people like me to get over it and embrace x y or z. Have I just been to blinded with anger to notice? Where should I look?