This is exactly one of the issue raised in this book which was published in 2008:
Elise Andrew runs the most popular Science page on facebook. I know so, because I see her content reshared dozens of times daily in my news feed. Well, it’s not really her content, but I’ll get back to that in a minute. The point is, I F*cking Love Scienceis big. By posting photos, cartoons, news snippets and other science-related tidbits gathered off the internet, it has gathered nearly 5 million followers.
While studying bloggers, academics even, and what I noted was that they would properly reference articles and other websites, even charts. But images were significantly more often than not referenced.
And with Google Search by Image (http://www.google.ca/insidesearch/features/images/searchbyimage.html), it is no longer acceptable to say “Oh I didn’t know where it came from”.
I’ve been commenting on a lot of pages with stolen photos and/or artwork letting them know where their sources come from.
"Research and publications such as Kristina Schneider has advanced here, are vital. To study the affordances of blogs – content creation and social interaction – is in a sense to study social media in general."
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