An interesting discussion came up on the Week 8 learning path for our course – whether reblogging is ethical, prompted by a post from a former student. It’s an interesting question, and one I hadn’t considered.
In case you are unaware, reblogging is an action where a blog author takes content created by another person and posts it on their site, with a comment from the reblogger and a link to the original content. This sounds a lot like plagiarism, and the defining factor (that I can see) that differentiates content stealing with reblogging is the attribution; sites like WordPress and Twitter (a micro-blogging website that allows user to ‘retweet’) have a formal ‘procedure’ that creates a link back to the original author. A formal reblog using the available button also notifies the original author when someone else reblogs or retweets their work.
(Reblogging shouldn’t be confused with the ‘Press This’ button, which allows you to take snippets of content but doesn’t create a link to the original post or notify the original author).
I re-blog often, using the button that WordPress provides at the top of each post. I usually choose to reblog when Read the rest of this entry