Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Social Contract/Badgery

I'm not always sure I'm honoring the blogging social contract, since anything being assigned or awarded to me seems to bring up my authority (Mom?) issues. Eva at My Colorful Research has addressed the awards issue in a post.
        Also, on the general subject of prickliness, someone very innocently asked me here about using one of my images and I went to his blog and found some unattributed stuff, which caused me to give him quite the lecture (to the point where I'm feeling I was unnecessarily severe).              There are some problems with the capitalist system . However, at this point we need currency to live, and images are what artists have. So, I hope people will think about asking first/giving credit when you see something cool on the web.
       In any case, I did want to express my gratitude to the blogging community by inviting people, if they would like, to right click the above badge if they want to use it on their blog without attribution ( I will be putting some version of it on redbubble as a t-shirt). Edit: the red is hinky, not sure why - I will try to fix at some point. Also here are some other ones you can use if you like, and please leave suggestions in comments if there are any you would like to see, I will definitely be doing more in the future (I have one planned in relation to Cthulhu's little helper).
 
Here is one that might entice people to linger on your blog, at the risk of raising expectations.

Here is one that could be put up when you were in a mood to either warn people, or gain sympathy and possibly expressions of support. If it were in British English, of course, it would be a sticky situation, so I will leave that to a British illustrator.

This one may need some work, since it might have the opposite of the intended effect.

20 comments:

Neo said...

I promise, I will not distribute your images with out blogged consent!

ArtSparker said...

Thanks, Neo.

Reya Mellicker said...

Good luck with that!

The truth is that any image, any group of words that gets published on the internet is in the public domain.

I don't depend on my words or pics for my living, but if I did, I'm really clear that I would never put them out there where anyone can grab them.

Keeping my fingers crossed for you.

Merc said...

Hee hee, I'm here to give you an award, don't hate me. I read your take on awards, and Eva's, very interesting. I just like them because they are a way to chain blogs together somehow, and so when someone gave me one, more people from her blog came to look at mine, and so on. And then they tell two friends, and then they tell two friends...I know, it sounds like a shampoo commercial. Thanks for putting the prickly badger banner out there, I love him. I put him on my sidebar with a link to your blog post of him. Because I can be cranky, too, and I like being cranky. Feh! Oh, go look at my post to see the award and get the little picture thingy if you want it. I put it on my sidebar under the cheeky heading, "My Many Blog Awards" (it's the only one). Cheers!

ldlyndond816 said...

Hi! Just to let you know your blog is visually very cool! If you dont mind Im going to follow your blog. Please say its ok. anyway Im new to this but Im going to try and get to my blog and my followed blogs at least every oter day talk to you soon!

Ian Buchan said...

i like these images (logos?), keep a file of interesting themes here too. Must get one of yours some time.
PS may I pin your blog to mine? Thanks :-)

Sammi said...

I do like the last one :)

I will indeed make sure to ask permission and credit anything I find on this blog. However, I have to agree with Reya about the fact that anything online could get taken by anyone else at anytime. One blog I read even got copied EXACTLY!

Femin Susan said...

Hi....
I like these images.. Very cool your blog!
Great! Keep posting…….

milly (elephants&redwoods) said...

So, I want one that says "Please feel free to NOT say something nice. Feedback is ALWAYS appreciated". Sometimes my paintings stink and I need help/suggestions. Do you know what I mean?

I like that art is currency. That's great.

Eva said...

Awards or the offering of badges? Susan, your badges are a great idea, they are fun, they connect readers in a humorous way and not by putting oneself above the other like awards naturally tend to. I think that awards come from a very friendly attitude of enjoying what someone else has been sharing. There is nothing wrong with that, on the contrary. Maybe just the word award is my problem and having to follow instructions ("choose 5/7 blogs to pass the award on" or so). Taking badges as a souvenir and as a link button connects people, it is fun and non-compulsive.

Avid Reader said...

love them all--but especially the British throne one. pretty funny

ArtSparker said...

Wow, I guess thee was some meat in this one - I am thrilled that so many people had opinions. There are a number of these comments I would like to respond to.

Reya & Sammi- You are correct that taking an image w/o permission is easy and happens frequently. However, all professional illustrators, photographers and visual artist need to show their on the web these days. I have been told there is a tool on google whereby one can search similar images, so there are remedies. Addressing it purely from the rights of the matter, an image on the web is no more in the public domain legally than the words in books - even a book in the public library.

Merc - Absolutely, the best thing about awards is that they serve to chain blogs together. I just have trouble being told what to do, so I link out in other ways (frequently I like to focus on one or two interesting blogs I have come across in a post).

Milly - You got it. There's a whole post here - I think women in particular are brought up to be nice, as if there's no middle ground between offering criticism or even thoughtful appraisal without somehow breaking the contract.

milly (elephants&redwoods) said...

right? I was thinking about this last night.. while it's nice that everyone is so reassuring, it's somewhat exhausting all at the sametime. You can't possibly like my work all the time and maybe people just choose not to comment when that is the case, but seriously someone tell me I should add more this or more that. Or scratch it all together! HAHA.

I am on a honesty conquest in my next post. "Tell me what you really think" HAHA.

bindu said...

These are really good - especially the first one of the prickly blogger. :)

jude said...

a bit of humor can go a long way...of course i have not always been in the mood to laugh when this happens.

Paula Hewitt said...

i have a similar problem with awards. i question the value of something *everyone* gets eventually. i wrote about it at length on my blog a while ago. i prefer to link to other blogs in a more ad hoc fashion.
i came here via Jude and Nemo, and thought I'd hang around. i like your illustration of Nemo's bird very much.

grrl+dog said...

Oh I need one for:

Occasional ooutbursts

Cranky blogger

Where the fuck is my waist??

ArtSparker said...

Grrl -

I am going to have to do one for you next week, will be in the company of Cthlhu's little helper-related one. Making them is quite addictive.

Indrani said...

Great badges!

And responsible commenting is a must.

lettuce said...

these are excellent

and i think your prickliness was entirely justified