Tube Strike Satire Stolen By Linkbaiter

There’s a post going round, at a site called Fullist, headlined “Tube Strike Ends After Commuters Take Matters Into Their Own Hands”.

It’s totally stolen from The Daily Mash. Not “shared”, as per fair use. Just completely fucking lifted.

This, by the way, isn’t just unwitting content ganking by someone oblivious. The post says “source: The Daily Mash” without actually linking to the site, uses a different image – presumably to avoid easy google image searching or some shit – and has a “by Liam Harrington” byline on it.

Liam Harrington’s Twitter account is also the Fullist account. If you follow the link to it on the Fullist site, I’m pretty sure it sends you there by way of dodgy pop-up advertising.
He refers to himself as “Internet Batman”.

The original article is here: mmuters-steal-train-keys-and-drive-themselves-201011303299

I don’t judge you if you shared it. I get that most people just enjoy the internet the way they enjoy their tv and sausages – at one remove, not too worried about where they come from – and I’m probably as guilty of doing it as anyone.

But what I do think would be pretty cool is, if content-cloning gets pointed out to you, you’d consider deleting or editing the original p0st or link you made to it, and posting the original instead.

You know, if a halfway scrupulous legal bod offered to cease-and-desist on behalf of content-creators for low, low costs, I’d happily crowdfund as many of those as I can afford. As much as media bods go on about piracy, it’s this stuff that really erodes at the rights of creative people. Online piracy, at least in it’s purest forms, usually leaves the original’s credits intact, and in most cases doesn’t profit from it the way these link-baiting ad-farms do.

A Free Background Check For Every Applicant

Eight or nine years ago, when my dad managed a small branch of a hire car firm in Cyprus, he told me that they now did web-searches of any potential employees, as an extra screening process. It was a new but growing practice by employers at the time, but it’s become the norm now.

In education in 2013, where turning out employable graduates is a priority, it isn’t unusual to prompt an unsuspecting group of students to Google themselves, and watch the dawning horror on their faces as you explain to them how easy it is to find and identify them by their drunken photos and badly written, expletive and adolescence-fuelled digital shadow. Although the students have grown up with the internet, it’s hard not to notice that this is all still new territory, and few of us are entirely prepared for what the full implications and consequences of digitally “open” lives are.

In a market where thousands of people are applying for a steadily dwindling number of jobs, it’s not entirely surprising that employers are using the internet – and the by-default open nature of online life – as an Human Resources tool. And because that’s the way the world is now, we in education are absolutely right to warn students of online behaviours that may hamper their chance of getting very far in the working world.

The thing I’m wondering about today, though, is: Is it okay that employers do this? Continue reading A Free Background Check For Every Applicant


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Show 4: Versions of Self – link

Show 5: Perception of Time – link

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The Sun Gets It Right

I think The Sun are spot on with this:Sun 911

…in fact, I think they should go one step further, and restore this memorial to it’s rightful glory in the courtyard or foyer of their own building.

That’d show them!

(Quite surprised that this was on the front page, though. Apparently David Cameron left a big official looking briefcase on a train, and I’m sure there’s other stuff going on, as well.)

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