Yahoo and Flickr: ’til death do us part

Candace, 02 February 2007, Comments Off on Yahoo and Flickr: ’til death do us part
Categories: Flickr, Web Applications, Yahoo

There’s unrest about the latest development over at Flickr. As of March 15th 2007, old skool members will be required to retire their old flickr logins and use a yahoo id to access their accounts. Yahoo and its supporters call this a ‘merge’, hardcore old skoolers call it abandonment.

Take a look at how some are showing their feelings, via flickr’s tagging mechanism. Nothing like dismantling the master’s house with the master’s tools à la Audre Lorde:


I know I’m tempted to drop my account — I hate being forced to join a MegaCorp(TM). I feel like the local bookstore who was put out by Chapters, the local fruit market taken over by Loblaws, the many many many shops forced under by Walmart. Sure, maybe the merge may feel seamless, but when a community is overtaken by something powerful against its will you have to start wondering what is next – it’s a slippery slope… Start removing choices one by one so that people don’t complain too much or too loudly and soon it’s a dictatorship.

Drop your account or create a Yahoo! id: what’ll it be?


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  1. […] 1. Identify the traces of other texts (or intertextual representation) in your sources. The list of kinds of intertextual representation are listed on page 88 of Bazerman’s chapter. For instance, the example we used in class ( 16 Punches about the issue of Yahoo taking over Flickr), the title “‘Til Death Do Us Part” draws on Bazerman’s #5, in that it uses a particular phrase that evokes an image the audience (Americans) will understand: marriage. The author relies on the texts/scripts of wedding vows, and the audience must share knowledge of this text in order to understand how the author is using the borrowed phrase. […]

  2. […] Please take a moment to read this brief post at 16 Punches on the Yahoo takeover of Flickr>; and apply the steps of intertextual analysis as described by Bazerman beginning on page 91. You can skip the first methodological step that requires you “know why you are engaged in the enterprise”; clearly you are engaged in intertextual analysis because I’m compelling you do to so. However, each subsequent step of this method is outlined in the bold-faced phrases in this section of the reading. Do your best, and please type up any notes you take as you work through the analysis and bring them to class on Wednesday. […]

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