I’m not on Tumblr anymore but I’m just reblogging this to illustrate WHY I’m not on Tumblr anymore. Basically, I took this picture at London’s Wellcome Collection back in February this year and posted it to Flickr clearly stating where it’s from and my interest to know more about the background of it as the exhibition displays were just being changed and I didn’t have any info to it:
“Beautiful book that used to be on display at Wellcome Collection, London, but seems to have been taken off the permanent Medicine Man displays. If anyone has more information on this, PLEASE let me know. Thank you!”
At some point, someone on Tumblr decided it’s cool to just share it without even the little information about the Wellcome Collection attached to it. It’s not a good picture and I don’t fucking care it’s mine - what I do care about, however, and what we should all care about when we share things online is:
1) The source (Wellcome Collection, London)
2) The context (Medicine Man exhibition about the life and work of Henry Wellcome.)
To remove this little information makes the picture completely and utterly worthless in both a historical and artistic context because it just becomes another piece of visual ephemera floating around the interweb and by uploading it to imgfave.com instead of linking to my post about it, even people who DO care about sourcing, will never find it unless they can be bothered to use reverse image search engines.
So do fucking list your sources and don’t think your Tumblr is somewhat cooler and totally dada if you just have a constant flow of contextless images. That’s TV for you. The interweb offers you so much more. Use it wisely or fuck off.