sorabji.com : the big pictures|
The Big Pictures feature at sorabji.com wea born in February, 1999.
The Big Pictures died in November, 2010. This was partly fallout from a server blowout that permanently erased millions of my web pages, thousands of e-mails, and many
hours of audio content I had intended to use. Over 2 years later I find that barely a day goes by where I do not encounter some piece of content I wish I had, but which
As far as The Big Pictures went the timing was propitious. I had reached the end of my enthusiasm for
giving away a single marquee picture each and every weekday. The
format had grown old and my interest in simply throwing content up for grabs on the public internet had faded. I call it the Judith Griggs effect. Most folks who ever
heard of Ms. Griggs have probably forgotten about her by now, but she was a passing target of disgruntled rage when, in late 2010, it was revealed that she filled her
print magazine with content scooped liberally and uncredited from numerous Internet web sites. This is hardly unusual in the web space, but Griggs brought the matter to
a head by
announcing in her own defense that "everything on the Internet is public domain." She was wrong, of course, but only in that pesky realm of legalities. The reality is
that Judith Griggs had it right: putting your content up on the Internet is simply throwing it up for grabs. Stealing is the new public domain. Copy and paste is the
new public domain. Right-click-and-save is the new public domain.
The daily Big Picture will now be the occasional Big Picture, posted to the top page of Sorabji.com and possibly available for purchase through an as-yet-undecided