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- BRINGING THE LOOP BACK
- NBA Cuts Down Credentialed Photographers by 50% in Order to Make Sidelines Safer
- Worked things out with The Wirecutter
And in October, Laurie and I are headed for Lee Vining with our cameras… Can’t wait.
Also see Elizabeth Spiers. There’s a growing amount of noise about controlling your own destiny and content online, and a move back towards the personal blog. Enough that it’s been given a term (IndieWeb) and there are camps supporting it.
I think this is awesome. I’ve always tried to keep direct control of my content which is why I’ve never given up this blog — it has postings going back to 2001, and it would go back further but I tend to edit the irrelevancy, the crap, the wrong and the 404ed links out of it every so often. I certainly use other sites, but I try to use them to support my content here, not replace it. It’s also why I rarely write for other services, I’m less interested in the money I could make than I am owning my words and using them as I wish (I am open to offers, of course, but not bad ones).
So I think this return to the core of IndieWeb and owning your site is a good one; you don’t have to own/run the server, but a self-hosted wordpress blog can be moved to any hosting services, where a blogger blog can’t without a lot of pain.
So what happens if all your content is on sites you don’t control and that site shuts down, or you do something to piss them off and they ban you? it all goes poof. Not fun. Think it can never happen? I remember the time someone spent the evening arguing that it was stupid wasting time running my own site when I could just move my stuff over to Geocities and let them worry about it.
(That said, I’m all for outsourcing as much of the gut admin stuff as possible. The time saved is more than worth the cost — this weekend I started the process of adding HTTPs to my site, and it took me 15 minutes and pushing three buttons. Doing it myself would have been a couple of evenings, at least… My hosting services is a VPS, so I handle the application layer (i.e. wordpress) and they deal with the OS, servers, and etc. Well worth what I pay them for…)
About freaking time we get another Luma Loop. I’m gonna go get my order in.
It’s probably safe to assume that Getty won’t lose any passes when this reduction hits, so whether they intended it or not, the practical effect of this is drastically reducing the competition for sale of images of the NBA, to the benefit of groups lie Getty.
And while I’m sure safety is a factor, I’m cynical enough to think these other factors were in the discussion somewhere. That this will benefit a partner over independent or small-agency photographers cant’ be a coincidence.
Believe it or not, disagreements happen online, just like in the real world. What’s suprising is that Marco and the Wirecutter sat down and hashed it out, and more power to them. What’s a normal happening in the real world seems to be notable online, and that’s too bad. Happy to see them work it out after everyone calms down a bit.
That said, the way Brian Lam handled his end didn’t make me think fondly of using (or referencing) the wirecutter, and it was someone else at the wirecutter that Marco noted he talked to, not Brian. That disappoints me, so you probably won’t see me referencing or linking to wirecutter for a while. On the other hand, I’d been thinking about changing headphones, so when Marco’s reviews came out, knowing how he does things I put in an order and my AKGs arrived today, and after an afternoon of wearing them, I can say they’re a definite upgrade over my old Seinheiser on-ear set. Thanks, Marco.