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@Anthony_Rodriguez @ginidietrich Words are demonstrably not at a premium on the web. They are free. There are many ways to make acknowledging antecedents and sources obvious or subtle. For example, each article could have an additional tab 'behind' the article itself which noted sources and, for bonus points, edits to the article itself.As I've said elsewhere in these comments, the main barrier to acknowledging the idea they copied is the Globe's pretense that they're an authority who devises ideas in a vacuum.
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@ginidietrich Fair enough. I'll reproduce what I wrote to somebody about this topic:To me, the burden of acknowledging antecedents is on the creator (writer, editor, documentary filmmaker, web designer and so forth), and they often know where their ideas came from. If one can clearly draw a line backward to what inspired or informed a piece of work, then they ought to acknowledge that. In a couple of earlier posts on this topic (http://goo.gl/XBCNO, http://goo.gl/fEumc), I've cited a bunch of examples where this would be pretty straightforward.
Of course, we may not honestly always be able to cite our sources, because they've become mixed up and mashed together in our head. That's fair enough, but we ought to try.
Giving credit is free, as are pixels. To my thinking, it's a foundational aspect of the web. The main barrier to doing so is the pretense that one is an absolute authority who developed an idea in a vacuum.
And by "why should they", I meant "why shouldn't they".
Thanks for writing (and talking) about my article. You don't actually say why you're on the fence with regard to journalists. Why should they recognize their antecedents?