#Social Media

White hydrangea plant

Hydrangea in Japan

June 24, 2021

It's a special time of year in Japan. The hydrangea are out, signalling the arrival of the rainy season. Parks are full of pinks and blues and whites. People are gathering (in a socially distanced way), enjoying the sights and taking photos.

Social media is awash with these photographs and everyone enjoys the shared experience of admiring the flowers for second time. I count myself amongst these onlookers.

MacBeth written in large black letters against a red background

Copycat design: sometimes a copy is just a coincidence

April 18, 2021

Another row has broken out over "copycat" designs from What We Wear. Danielle Bernstein is accused of stealing a dress design from London based designer Ngoni Chikwenengere. While Chikwenengere cries foul, Epstein argues the design is so generic as to be meaningless. With a certain inevitability, lawyers are called and death threats issued.

I have sympathy with both points of view. No doubt, Chikwenengere poured her heart and soul into her design. Certainly the design from What We Wear is remarkably similar. Yet I've seen similar dresses and tops for as long as I can remember.

Dockside cranes in front of a commercial dock with a Japanese Self Defence Force submarine in the foreground

When social news isn’t news any more

April 17, 2021

A tweet drifted past earlier in the week that got the photographer-radar buzzing. Japan's first Hydrogen Transporting Ship was being launched in Kobe, and I figured I'd pop down the docks and snap a photo. After all, I'd already managed to bag a submarine or two.

Small problem:

When influencers steal your content

April 16, 2021

"Sarah" was surprised to see her tweet go viral. It was gathering likes, comments and reshares from thousands of fans. New connections and opportunities should have come her way – had her name been attached to it.

She was a victim of an increasingly common occurrence: copyright theft. An influencer had copied her words and passed them off as her own. Now the influencer was claiming credit and boosting their profile for their "insight". When challenged, Sarah was blocked. It could have been worse had the thief turned their fans against her.