Integrity: Some-Animals-Are-More-Equal-Than-Others Edition
Some time ago, I tracked down a surviving copy of Ralph Steadman’s fairly obscure 1995 illustrations for George Orwell’s Animal Farm
. Last week, I spent time scanning and restoring the images, then wrote about the edition
with the appropriate background and context.
Three days later, Buzzfeed
, the vermin on of the internet – or, for a more context-appropriate metaphor, the pigs of the internet – stripped the images of context and reposted them, without credit, as an ad-infested listicle nestled among their usual fare of ethically repugnant “sponsored content
If this seems like an extreme reaction, there’s something to be said for the blend of anguish and fury that comes with investing eight years of your life into a labor of love, only to see it systematically stolen by greedy thieves who feel they are more equal than others.
The most tragicomic irony? In my original piece, I also included an excerpt from, and a note on the timeliness of, Orwell’s unpublished preface to the book
, in which he discusses the failures of integrity in journalism.
This is a rant, yes, but also a reminder – a reminder that our attention is a gift to be given thoughtfully, that we shape our own media universe, its ideals and its promises, through what we choose read and share. We can do better than to give Buzzfeed and its ilk that gift.
It really makes you think.
2:38 pm • 29 April 2014 • 314 notes
It takes real panache to toss aside likability (or even plausible deniability) and give oneself over to naked villainy, and I just can’t help but respect that.
Do she got da panache?
4:44 pm • 28 April 2014 • 31 notes
SLIDE IT IN
ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP
GOOP, there it is.
3:44 pm • 28 April 2014 • 8 notes
Everyone in Chicago looks like William H. Macy in “Shameless” today.
12:50 pm • 26 April 2014 • 12 notes
I just saw a guy jam an iPad into the back waistband of his belted Levis.
2:48 pm • 25 April 2014 • 35 notes
NOOOO NO NO NONO FUCK FUCK FUCKIG CBS IS TELLING WOMEN NOT TO REPORT SEXUAL HARASSMENT BECAUSE IT WILL “DAMAGE THEIR CAREERS” and “HARASSMENT IS AN UNFORTUNATE PART OF CLIMBING THE LADDER” I AM SO ANGRY THEY ARE LITERALLY TURNING SEXUAL HARASSMENT INTO A NORM THIS IS NOT OKAY
This is an actual article and I’m still having a hard time believing it’s real.
"The bottom line for a woman, though, is that if you want to have a career of increasing power, you are going to have to keep quiet about the harassment." Dead.
I was surprised by this until I looked closer at the byline.
Penelope Trunk’s at it again, yo
Just put it on a gif of Cersei Lannister and people will reblog it approvingly.
8:14 pm • 23 April 2014 • 202,343 notes