No Shame In Our Sickness

no shame in our sickness buzzfeed plagarism

…but BuzzFeed created this video suspiciously close to when they reviewed my film for their intern position. Ordinarily I would feel thrilled that such an influential company addressed the topic of mental health stigma, but when I dreamed about seeing my film go viral on the front page of BuzzFeed I never imagined it would be through plagiarism. When I shared this film with BuzzFeed I never authorized them to use or copy my original creative property.

via No Shame In Our Sickness.

NOTE: This is what I’m reading this morning. The entire article, with timeline, are very informative. Combating how these content mills like BuzzFeed trade in digital currency, or get their “inspirations” from sources is key. Currently working on a piece about social media theft, and the ethics involved when people recycle content on various platforms. So this of course is a subject that needs more attention. Where is the line? What responsibility do sites like BuzzFeed have to the content they create? Where does that responsibility reside?

I’ll be following up later today or tomorrow with pieces about “Cocoa Butter” by BuzzFeed, the failures of their ‘verticals’ or even distribution networks, and how they slather that in a palaver of bull excrement. Which is sad given how awesome their analytics division is. Coupled with uncovering popular hashtags on Twitter and stolen content to use on other platforms.

“I don’t think that my work is actually… “

“I don’t think that my work is actually effectively dealing with history. I think of my work as subsumed by history or consumed by history.” —Kara Walker

New episode from Art21’s Exclusive series: An in-depth look at the creation of Kara Walker’s monumental public project for Creative Time, A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby (2014), at the Domino Sugar Factory in Brooklyn, NY.

WATCH: Kara Walker: “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby”


IMAGES: Production stills from the Art21 Exclusive episode, Kara Walker: “A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby”. © Art21, Inc. 2014.

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