- Posted April 17, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Buried Deep In CNN’s Archives
This opinion piece is written by Kevin Taylor who is a graduate student in the Liberal Studies Program at City University of New York @ Queens College.
I am Buried Deep In CNN’s Archives
My experiences participating in various social media platforms have been an unfortunate lesson in the tendencies of many to obstruct debate and to obstruct people from being viewed by others. From Facebook, to Google, and from NYTimes.com, to CNN IReporter, and most notoriously on Youtube, people who simply lack creativity of their own go out of their way to “bury” the posts and uploads of other people.
The method that is most often used is copying or flat out stealing of your title and your tags. On all the websites listed above, both the title and the tags of any kind of media is publicly displayed. In this way, many people simply steal those titles and tags and enter them into their own posts and uploads. After a while, any media that is innovative and creative gets “buried”, as I said prior.
What does it mean to have particular uploads and posts “buried” on any specific website?
If an upload or a post becomes “buried” by other posts and uploads, that simply means that it becomes increasingly difficult for that post to be found via search engine due to the multitude of other posts by the same name or similar tags.
I believe that something should be done because so much time is wasted looking for a specific media via search engine. So much irrelevant and misleading posts and uploads are found instead of the specific post or upload that is sought.
There are only two kinds of people who benefit online from the prior stated stealing. These people are the “Obstructors” and the want to be “Satirists”. As we all know, there are a lot of people trying to simply obstruct people from becoming successful, and since any post or upload has the potential of going “Viral”, the obstructors wish to prevent that from happening. The “Satirist” also try to go viral by piggy-backing people who are innovative and creative while they make fun of or even denigrate the innovators.
Basically there are a lot of Weird Al Yankovic’s online.
I heard somewhere that the world is made up of the “makers” and the “takers”, which is the case online. I do not believe that the internet needs to change. I just believe that the websites should list uploads and posts with the same or similar tags in order of seniority, or at least, there should be a way to indicate when a post or an upload initiates imitation from others.
My point is that some sort of recognition is due those people who really do innovate on the net.