This article was about how artists can use the popular website, Tumblr, to promote their art and the pros/cons that come with it. The author used a number of artist’s examples pulled from Tumblr and went into the problems that can arise when artists post their work so freely. With such a vast user base, how can they keep track of what is rightfully theirs?…
Art on Tumblr might get seen by many people, but 1,000 reblogs doesn’t mean anyone will be looking at your art the next week, know who made it or understand it in a meaningful way. For these reasons, many artists seem wary of putting their work on Tumblr.
What does this mean for Tumblrs as art? If the video backgrounds are fundamental to the aesthetics of these pieces, then the artworks are currently broken, and what we see are only pieces of a whole. Artists working online — especially in a medium like Tumblr, where crowd-sourced content is the norm — must take ownership of their content and plan for these types of errors, or at least deal with them as they arise.
I thought this article was of particular interest to our class because from what I have experienced, Tumblr is extremely popular within the younger age group and for beginning artists who are trying to get their name out there. You can read more here!
Posted by Nicole Romeo