The article Nude Media opened my eyes to something that’s been happening in front of me for ages, but I had yet to really notice. Nude media is when a file is stripped of it’s context and attribution through distribution throughout the internet. This process of media becoming “nude”, as pointed out in this article, more often than not serves to strip away much of the meaning and original power and authority that a written work possesses.
After having read this, I’ve certainly began to notice the effects of nude media in every direction I turn. After pondering how this might effect me and my writing, the need for a system like Creative Commons appears so much more important than it already had. Through the use of creative commons, which as we remember is a form of digital attribution that forgoes the need to constantly be contacting the owners of digital information, we are able to keep a continued line of attribution to the original source, thus keeping some sort of credibility.
I had often, in the past, given little thought to font, style and structure within online writing. It was interesting to have the contrast in difference between a printed article, blogged version of the same article, and then on to a emailed version of that article, pointed out. It’s easy to see how the importance and in some cases even the message and content of an article is distorted through the methods of digital translation. How exactly you combat this aside from the aforementioned use of Creative Commons, remains somewhat of a mystery to me. If it is your own work that you are transferring across different forms on the internet, I suppose you could try to keep as much of the original identifying information present as well as font styles etc, however, that becomes difficult in forms such as email because you have to worry about file size and offering a presentability that is considered somewhat of a norm for that forum.
Perhaps, a way of combating the blatant changes inherent in the re-usage of your content would be to present it all in a digital form such as .jpeg or another image type that does not allow for the direct copy and paste of words, and brings along with it the overall aesthetic look of the piece. Unfortunately, even this method does not work well in practice because it comes out looking sloppy, and in no way fits with the formatting and layout of any process we use for publishing written text.
In the end, I don’t see that nude media poses a major problem for the majority of bloggers and internet content providers. Sure, now and then our work will get ripped off, poorly attributed (if at all) and this might lose us a little credit, however, I think in the long run, the Creative Commons process will provide us the best possible avenue for digital content sharing and attribution.