Here’s me and Lindsey arguing over which Snow White movie should win Best Costume Design. I talk about Julia Roberts’ mouth. Lindsey talks about Monster.
I didn’t know this happened until receiving text messages about it last night. Not only did I miss the event, I didn’t even know it was happening. But despite my own embarrassing, unfortunate, and crappy obliviousness to the Goings On About Town, this is so neat and wonderful and awesome and I’m absolutely overjoyed that people find the stuff I make and write and link to and reblog as entertaining as I do. NPR. Hahaha! As that one guy said in The Shawshank Redemption shortly before he was beaten to death, “I’M NOT SUPPOSED TO BE HERE! I’M NOT SUPPOSED TO BE HERE!”
I carry your heart. I carry it in my heart.
Those who keep up with the Obama campaign on Tumblr seem to approve of the approach — with some posts attracting close to 70,000 “notes”….the Romney campaign’s presence on Tumblr is more subdued, sticking largely to posterlike photos with slogans like “No, we can’t.” Its posts rarely get more than 400 responses.
Cool! Someone on the internet called me a “pop culture obsessed nobody.” It’s actually a very apt description of me. Succinct and accurate. My problem isn’t with that description, it’s with assuming I don’t want to give artists credit. I do! And do often on my blog! There’s no single thing I love more about tumblr than discovering other bloggers’ art. Whether it’s wonderful writing, hypnotic 8-bit animations, handmade illustrations, or literally anything else that’s lovely and impressive and beautiful - that’s the draw of this place. Seeing what the internet creates, following the artists, and sharing them with followers of your own.
My argument, and one that this anonymous, single-post blogger seems to have missed, is that I do my best to cite sources. Most artists are easy to track down with a little work (and Google’s reverse image search). The problem with GIFs? They’re shared so rapidly and continuously (then repurposed and reposted) that tracking down “patient zero” is almost impossible in most instances. Here’s the first part of my quote in Ann’s piece:
“Unless watermarked, GIFs are incredibly hard to source,” Finger says. “If I happen to know the source offhand, I’ll definitely cite it. If I don’t know the source, I don’t. Attempts to find the creator are generally futile.”
He continues, “Unattributed sharing doesn’t irritate me at all. I think part of the unspoken agreement you have when uploading a GIF anywhere on the Internet is that it’s no longer yours — it’s part of the great big community pool we all visit when wanting to express how we’re feeling in the way nature intended: on a loop.”
So yeah. I am a nobody. That’s obvious. But the reason I love/support tumblr is because it’s a place filled with so many somebodies.
(And in case you’re wondering, Mr./Ms. Pop Culture Hater, that’s me repurposing one of Nora Ephron’s lines from You’ve Got Mail.)
Even when I'm using someone else's computer.
- Bobby: *silently reading BuzzFeed post about the Christian Music Festival*
- Josh: You want to tumble that, don't you?
- Bobby: *eyes bulge*
- Josh: You want to take a screencap of that photo and caption and blog it, don't you?
- Bobby: HOW COULD YOU TELL? I DIDN'T EVEN SAY ANYTHING.
- Josh: The way you were hovering your mouse over the image made it very obvious you wanted to immediately log in to your tumblr.