Archive for category You can’t make this up

Whitewashing a Fence

Mark Twain’s Tom Sawyer whitewashing a fence yesterday and the Creative Commons doing it today.

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Comparing Apples to Snowballs

Comparing apples to oranges is an old and well-worn idiom, found in many cultures and languages, illustrating the idea that similar yet different things are not necessarily comparable. The use of photos, especially the alteration of imagery via Photoshop or other image altering software, to give a false or misleading portrayal of a product, service or news event […]

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Not So Swift

Social media is abuzz today with how Taylor Swift got Apple to back down on not paying musicians during their 3 month free trial period for their music steaming service. Ms. Swift states how it’s not for her, it’s for all the little people who are struggling and putting out their first single. She states […]

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Sign This, It’s Standard – Yeah, Right

  A major national magazine simply appropriates several images shot by a semi-professional photographer “from a small town”. Photographer sees his/her work on the cover of the well-known supermarket magazine while paying for groceries. Photographer contacts the Big City editor. “What the heck? No one contacted me or asked me if you could use my shots […]

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They Lie

For about the past 50 years or so the mantra spouted by mainstream media has been that, unlike say The National Enquirer,  “We don’t pay for news”. Typically this was the answer given to photographers (and others) who were in possession of timely and valuable images or footage which they want to sell or license. All […]

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Photos Are Forever, If You Have the Paperwork

A long retired successful photographer called Ed the other day for some advice. He/she has been out of touch with the business (by choice) and enjoys life pretty much doing nothing. Out of the blue photographer gets a phone call from Giant Ad Age Agency, “Hey remember that super ad campaign you did for (Major […]

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You Gonna Believe Your Eyes and Ears or Your Nose?

The great writer Mario Puzo wrote about the underworld of gangsters and in his seminal book,  “The Godfather” , summed up the world lawyers live in quite eloquently with the line: “We are all honorable men here, we do not have to give each other assurances as if we were lawyers.” It’s amazing what can […]

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The Tyranny of Numbers

We wish we thought of this title, but it’s the title of a book by David Boyle, and the title explains it all. It’s also a perfect title for this blog piece. (Lucky for us, titles are not copyrightable, but that’s for another blog piece). Numbers can be used in so many ways and for […]

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

There is a famous quote attributed to Mark Twain, who in turn erroneously attributed it himself to Benjamin Disraeli, which has been used by many,  and is absolutely one of our favorites. It goes: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.”  This will be a blog article on statistics. Some in […]

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The Toilet Scrubbers Will Get Paid, But Not You

We ran across this great letter to a producer from a songwriter, NJ White in the UK, as to why he is not willing to give away his work to the producer for free.  The link is on Paul Resnikoff’s Digital Music News website. It’s a great read. Read it at this link or the […]

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